Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

'Permit Patty' allegedly calls cops on girl selling water

'Permit Patty' allegedly calls cops on girl selling water

A white woman on Saturday called the police on an 8-year-old Black girl for selling water "illegally" outside an apartment building.

As soon as she approaches the woman to film her face, the caller squats behind a wall in a futile attempt to seek a cover.

Austin then says the girl was selling water on her property to which the woman reacts "it's not your property".

"So my little cousin was selling water and didn't have a permit so this lady chose to call the cops on an 8 year old", wrote Twitter user Raj (@_ethipiangold), who uploaded a video of the confrontation on Twitter, labelling the post #PermitPatty.

The woman on the phone was identified by the HuffPost as Alison Ettel, who in an interview with the publication said of the incident "this has no racial component to it" and claimed she only "pretended" to call the police.

The woman filming the video says Ettel is calling police on an 8-year-old, and tells Ettel, "You can hide all you want".

She also said the police never showed up and she will be pursuing harassment charges against the woman.

When asked about Ettel telling Huffington Post she felt bad about the situation, Austin told USA Today she didn't accept any apology.

Naturally, when Jordan's mother, Erin Austin, caught wind of what was going down, she got out her phone camera to record the wildly uneccessary badgering of a child.

Several people online have compared Ettel to the white woman who called police on a black family using a charcoal grill during a barbecue.

"It was stupid. I completely regret that I handled that so poorly".

The girl's cousin responds, "On my property".

Ettel says that her problem was with Austin, who she says had been "screaming about what they were selling". "It was literally nonstop".

"It was two o' clock in the afternoon and it was constant screaming and yelling, I was completely stressed out at work and that's not an excuse", Ettel told Infosurhoy. That was a mistake, a complete mistake.

"She can come to my city and sell water any time".

She said that her complaint had nothing to do with race. "It was wrong, and I wish I could take it back", she told SF Gate.

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