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Woman Calls Cops On 8-Year-Old Selling Water, So Internet Digs Up Some Interesting Facts About Her
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Woman Calls Cops On 8-Year-Old Selling Water, So Internet Digs Up Some Interesting Facts About Her

Remember ‘BBQ Becky‘? The internet thinks this woman could be her best friend. Recently, a video went viral, showing an angry woman allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old girl who was “illegally” selling water on the street. Meet ‘Permit Patty.’

Her real name is Alison Ettel. Twitter user @_ethiopiangold and Instagram user @ladyesowavy shared the original video of Ettel appearing to report the girl, a relative of both. “This woman don’t want a little girl selling sell some water. She’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl,” the child’s mother is heard saying. “You can hide all you want but the whole world is going to see you boo.”

Ettel told HuffPost that, “this has no racial component to it.” She also said she only “pretended” to call the police. Ettel added that the incident, which has left her feeling “horrible and heart-wrenched,” began because the girl’s mother was “screaming.” She asked the building’s security to intervene but said they could do nothing.

“They were screaming about what they were selling,” she said. “It was literally nonstop. It was every two seconds, ‘Come and buy my water.’ It was continuous and it wasn’t a soft voice, it was screaming.” She said she had been hearing the little girl and her mother from her open office window.

“I have no problem with enterprising young women,” Ettel added. “I want to support that little girl. It was all the mother and just about being quiet.”

“It was stupid,” she concluded. “I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her. That was a mistake, a complete mistake. Please don’t make me sound horrible.”

The internet, however, wasn’t convinced. Investigating the woman, it found something that suggests Ettel herself might be missing a permit. Her business, a company called TreatWell Health creates cannabis products for humans and animals alike. But the latter is a legal gray area.

Ettel was also supposed to appear in a documentary about women in the cannabis industry. Upon seeing the viral footage of the phone call, however, the director of the film has announced that Ettel will be no longer involved with the project. Critics were calling for a boycott of TreatWell, too. At least three Bay Area retailers, Magnolia Oakland, SPARC, and Barbary Coast have announced that they will no longer carry the company’s products because of the ‘Permit Patty’ incident.

This is Alison Ettel but the internet calls her ‘Permit Patty’

Her nickname was born after this video went viral

Soon, the girl’s cousin stepped in to better explain the situation

She also shared a pic of the “criminal”

People started investigating ‘Permit Patty’

Image credits: lwoodhouse

Because of the viral video, ‘Permit Patty’ is already losing customers

Ettel later said it was a “stress-related” mistake

But people weren’t buying it

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William Teach
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4 years ago

First, she was kind of a jerk. Second, why is it necessary to attempt to destroy someone's life because of a simple mistake? People make mistakes all the time. This could have been any one of us, when we're tired and stressed and do not want to hear someone yelling outside after hours and hours. We've all made mistakes in our lives. Perhaps we should be showing some compassion, rather than attempting to destroy this lady. I really do not like this new way of doing things, and think we all should perhaps reconsider our mob mentality when someone does something we do not like.

Zanthe
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know what you do when you're tired and stressed, but I sure don't act all racist and call the cops on a 8 year old... Meditation works better.

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Wanda Queen
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4 years ago

Did she say anything racist here, or are we just assuming that because the little girl and her mom are black that her motive was race?

Felix Feline
Community Member
4 years ago

We are just assuming that because the little girl and her mom are black that her motive was race.

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SeamusRGN
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4 years ago

People, can we just not? Firstly. its a non story that happened in San Fran one afternoon. there is supposed racist undertones and apparent mistreatment of the 8 yr old girl and her mother. we know nothing of the truth or facts or circumstances except tweets and google searches, which are of course bound to the highest level of ethical, factual reporting. Secondly. stop the trial by social media. Over the course of 23 hours a company and careers were severely damaged because of one incident that was biased in its reporting (as we have tweets from one side only) which had severe REAL WORLD consquences. Do we not see that this high handed, judgemental reactionary society is one of the prime causes behind adult and teenage suicide and mental health issues? Everyone is human. Everyone makes mistakes. You have made mistakes and will again in the future. i understand this #ladyesowavy being upset about it and raging on the internet. but thats where the emotional investment must end.

BusLady
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes. Thank you again. When things like this show up on the internet, it hurts race relations. Sometimes people just over react.

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William Teach
Community Member
4 years ago

First, she was kind of a jerk. Second, why is it necessary to attempt to destroy someone's life because of a simple mistake? People make mistakes all the time. This could have been any one of us, when we're tired and stressed and do not want to hear someone yelling outside after hours and hours. We've all made mistakes in our lives. Perhaps we should be showing some compassion, rather than attempting to destroy this lady. I really do not like this new way of doing things, and think we all should perhaps reconsider our mob mentality when someone does something we do not like.

Zanthe
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know what you do when you're tired and stressed, but I sure don't act all racist and call the cops on a 8 year old... Meditation works better.

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

Did she say anything racist here, or are we just assuming that because the little girl and her mom are black that her motive was race?

Felix Feline
Community Member
4 years ago

We are just assuming that because the little girl and her mom are black that her motive was race.

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SeamusRGN
Community Member
4 years ago

People, can we just not? Firstly. its a non story that happened in San Fran one afternoon. there is supposed racist undertones and apparent mistreatment of the 8 yr old girl and her mother. we know nothing of the truth or facts or circumstances except tweets and google searches, which are of course bound to the highest level of ethical, factual reporting. Secondly. stop the trial by social media. Over the course of 23 hours a company and careers were severely damaged because of one incident that was biased in its reporting (as we have tweets from one side only) which had severe REAL WORLD consquences. Do we not see that this high handed, judgemental reactionary society is one of the prime causes behind adult and teenage suicide and mental health issues? Everyone is human. Everyone makes mistakes. You have made mistakes and will again in the future. i understand this #ladyesowavy being upset about it and raging on the internet. but thats where the emotional investment must end.

BusLady
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes. Thank you again. When things like this show up on the internet, it hurts race relations. Sometimes people just over react.

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