Samuel shared the encounter to his Facebook page on July 22, in which he claimed the woman accused him of engaging in criminal activity while he was taking photos of her neighbor’s house for a job. Samuel explained that he had notified the homeowners ahead of time and received approval:
“Just had this women come at me accusing me of being a criminal and a pervert/creep with my drone bc I was taking pictures of her neighbors house smh. I was hired and working a job, notified the homeowners that was I was there and got approval to fly, not to mention I have my FFA Part 107 license to fly drones. She came out of her house cussing and imeaditely assumed the worst of me and what I was doing bc there no way a black man could actually be working and minding his own business,” he wrote.
The woman, who identifies herself as Katelyn, asks Samuel for his name so that she can verify with her neighbors and the company he works for.
“What’s your name? I’m gong to go call Redfin,” she says, as she checks for the type of drone model he has.
“You are ridiculous,” Samuel snaps back. “Go home. Go home Karen.”
The video was picked up by the popular Twitter account, Fifty Shades of Whey, on July 25, with the caption: “Seattle wearing a “Live United” shirt leaves her house to accuse a black man of spying on her with his drone.”
Woman in Seattle wearing a "Live United" shirt leaves her house to accuse a black man of spying on her with his drone pic.twitter.com/7jJ1DKRO0q
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 25, 2020
It has since been retweeted over 180 times and has more than 400 likes.
Heavy has reached out to Samuel and Redfin for comment.
Samuel Says he Was Working For a Real Estate Brokerage
The one-minute clip begins with the woman standing in front of the camera. She asks Samuel, “what is this doing here?” while pointing at the drone.
Samuel tells the woman that he is working for Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate brokerage. He says the company hired him to take pictures for a house that is being sold.
He also alluded that the woman accused him of “filming women.”
“You’re going to come over cussing saying I’m filming women, really? When I’m working for Redfin,” he says.
The woman then asks Samuel for his name so that she can confirm with Redfin.
Samuel calls her “Karen” and tells her to “go home.”
“So, filming people with a drone is ‘Karen?'” she asks.
Samuel then criticizes her for assuming that he is not there as a professional “because [I’m] black.”
“Yes, because I’m filming people with my drone, really? That’s really what you think i’m doing? Because I’m black you think I’m out here filming Sh*t, filming you,” he fires back.
Samuel Owns His Own Media Company
According to his Facebook page, Samuel works for his company called, “Thomas Samuel Media.”
Through his website, Samuel offers photography, videography and video production, as well as creative consulting and virtual staging, among other services.
Samuel has accomplished over 180 drone shoots and produced more than 60 videos, the company website claims.
He has also partnered with a variety of clients, including Forbes, T-Mobile, Redfin, Uber Eats and DoorDash, it continues.
“I love nothing more than working with a client to come up with a really strong idea for a video, and being able to work through every stage of the project until it is realised,” Samuel writes on his website.
“This can include conceptualizing and planning, scripting, story-boarding, crewing and shoot planning, filming, editing, colour grading, delivery and project management.”
Many Have Taken to Twitter to Criticize the Woman
Following the post on Fifty Shades of Whey, many users have condemned the woman for her approach.
Although some empathized with her initial concern, they criticized her level of distrust after Samuel stated he was there on business.
Below are some of the responses:
PLEASE TWITTER WE CAN'T STOP EXPOSING RACIST PEOPLE. WE NEED HER NAME, WONDER WHERE SHE WORKS? WE HAVE TO FIGHT UNTIL THESE RACISTS UNDERSTAND THEY CAN'T GET AWAY WITH THIS SHIT ANYMORE. PLEASE RE-POST THIS EVERYWHERE. WE NEED TO MAKE THIS KAREN KNOWN TODAY !
— American (@America19931424) July 25, 2020
Hope she has her resume updated because she's about to get fired
— silverlions268 (@silverlions268) July 25, 2020
I don’t have an issue with her asking why someone is flying a drone around her house, but he gave her a perfectly reasonable explanation. It should have gone no further.
— Annarobin (@annarobin6) July 25, 2020
People are becoming lunatics. It's extremely common in real estate right now to use drones to get property overviews that are cleaner, closer, better resolution than Google Earth which may be charging businesses for the service. Also tax assessors use them. Eye roll to infinity.
— Vintagecat (@vintage_vendor) July 25, 2020
She is so wrong in her approach. He gave her an answer. At that point go call Redfin or ask the neighbor and ask them. Do not continue arguing. Would she have become so hostile if it was a white man? Not sure. That’s a question for her to answer.
— lsim (@lmsimone) July 25, 2020