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Woman calls police on little girl selling water outside apartment building

28 June, 2018, 11:02 | Author: Joanna Little
  • Viral video shows white woman calling police on young black girl selling bottled water

Robert Ruecam, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, told NBC News they did not receive a complaint about Rogers and Austin selling water. "After seeing this video of their CEO, calling the police on an 8-year-old entrepreneur selling water on a hot day, we decided without hesitation that we could no longer patronize her company", Magnolia said in a statement on Instagram.

A Bay Area woman that the Internet has nicknamed "Permit Patty" became a begrudging social media star over the weekend when she was caught on camera appearing to call the police on an 8-year-old girl selling water on a sidewalk without a permit.

"She's calling the police on an 8-year-old little girl", Austin can be heard saying on-camera.

Captions on the video refer to the woman as #PermitPatty, and the pejorative - and related memes - have spread widely online.

People online are drawing comparisons to a recent clip that went viral from Oakland, California, in which a woman was crying after calling the police on men who were having a barbecue in the park.

"It was literally nonstop".

Austin told All the Moms she recently lost her job and her daughter Jordan was trying to raise money because she wanted to go to Disneyland. She left her office windows opened and was bothered by the constant screaming of "come and buy my water".

"It was wrong and I wish I could take it back", she told the newspaper.

Now that the video has gone viral, #PermitPatty is back-pedaling, telling the Huffington Post she only "pretended" to make the call and that she feels "horrible and heart-wrenched" about the incident.

Ettel says she, her former company, and even her customers have been harassed in the aftermath of the incident.

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Ettel also said that she never called to report Jordan, but rather to inquire about whether what the mother and daughter were doing was legal.

Ettel hides behind a short wall and Austin walks over to her.

Ettel did say that she used a stern voice when she approached the child about selling the water without a permit.

The child's mother, Erin Austin, posted the video on her Instagram account.

"They were screaming about what they were selling", she said, according to HuffPost.

For Ettel, who told the Huffington Post that she was working from home in the same apartment building, the entrepreneurial spirit was just too much to bear.

Later, a woman claiming to be the girl's cousin also uploaded the video on Twitter, dubbing the white complainant "Permit Patty".

"She did it to herself", she said.

In one television interview, the eight-year-old girl, identified as Jordan, said: "I did not want to see the police, because I was scared".

In just about the only piece of good news to come out of this incident, an anonymous donor gave the girl selling water four tickets to Disneyland after being moved by the video.



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