1Alison Ettel seemed to call the police on an 8-year-old girl selling water to baseball fans outside her apartment building. Ettel later said she was just bluffing about calling the police.
According to a family member—a woman named Raj on Twitter who says she’s the little girl and her mom’s cousin—said the girl and her mom live near AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants played the San Diego Padres on Friday (Jun. 22). The little girl was standing outside her apartment building saying “Cold water #2. Cold water $2” hoping to sell water to baseball fans walking by.
The girl’s mother was outside too, and noticed Ettel using her cellphone to call police, similar to how BBQ Becky called the cops on a black family for BBQing with a charcoal grill at Lake Merritt—a park in Oakland, California. So she pulled out her phone and started recording Ettel. When Ettel noticed she was being filmed, she tried to hide behind a concrete wall.
“This woman don’t want to let a little girl to sell some water, she’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl,” the girl’s mother said. “You can hide all you want, the whole world gonna see you boo.” That’s when Ettel stands up to face the camera and accuses the child of “illegally selling water without a permit.” The mother replied, “On my property” and Ettel told her, “It’s not your property.”
The little girl’s mother posted the video of Ettel to social media Saturday afternoon, and it instantly went viral, sparking the Twitter hashtag and nickname #PermitPatty.
“Make this bitch go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty,” the mother (@ladyesowavy) wrote in the caption of the video on Instagram. “[W]ould you rather my daughter be out here getting into shit Fr cuz an 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police.”
She shared an update on Instagram a few hours later, thanking her supporters and denouncing the haters, telling them to “kiss [her] and [her] kids’ a**es.” She also said police never even showed up.
“I’m trying to read all the messages and reply to all the positive and supportive souls in this world…,” she captioned the post. “THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US ITS NOT ALL BAD!!! If you would like to support my daughter all funds sent to my cashapp will be for her!! $ladyesowavy FYI SFPD did NOT show up.”
Ettel told the Huffington Post she was just “pretending” to call the police because she was annoyed by the girl and her mother “screaming about what they were selling.” She added, “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.”
Ettel said she was working in her office when she first heard the “screaming.” She said she didn’t close her windows because it was too hot and the girl and her mother were so loud that closing the windows wouldn’t have stopped the noise.
Ettel told HuffPo that she asked the building’s security to do something about the “screaming,” but they said they couldn’t do anything, so she took matters into her own hands and confronted the woman and her daughter and told them to stop. She said she was only kidding when she told them she was going to call the police.
“I have no problem with enterprising young women. I want to support that little girl. It was all the mother and just about being quiet,” she said.