A white California woman who said she was calling police on an eight-year-old black girl selling water has faced worldwide backlash, with critics dubbing her "Permit Patty" and business partners severing ties.
Erin Austin, the mother of 8-year-old girl, Jordan Rodgers, said her daughter was selling bottles of water in front of their San Francisco home in an attempt to raise money because Austin recently lost her job and Jordan wanted to get enough money to pay for a trip to Disneyland, according to NBC.
Ettel claimed she asked a security guard to check out the situation because she became rattled with the girl and mother yelling outside of the building where she worked. In it, she follows a woman named Alison Ettel, who is holding a phone to her ear. She also said police never even showed up. SFPD later confirmed to ABC7 News they did not receive any calls about anyone selling water.
"Yeah, um, illegally selling water without a permit", Ettel said. "Believe me, I wish I never had done that".
"They were screaming about what they were selling", Ettel told the Huffington Post.
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"Now I'm starting to think she did it on objective", Jordan said, "because I think she doesn't care about people's skin colors, because she doesn't care about people's lives except for hers". The short clip, which Austin posted on Instagram and her cousin shared on Twitter, begins with Austin following Ettel, who is already on the phone. She said when police asked her if she needed them on the scene, she declined their offer. She was back on Sunday selling water again. It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice.
"We just can not support someone who behaves in such a way", Magnolia manager Ruby Pearl told KTVU on Monday, despite the products doing very well at her shop. Ettel said she's getting online death threats, stating she feels "discriminated against". She came out of the building and launched an attack on her and her daughter.
A man who saw the social media uproar bought the girl four tickets, enough for her whole family to go. "I want to support that little girl", she told HuffPost, adding that she only "pretended" to call the police.
The cousin wrote on Twitter that the mother of the girl might file a harassment complaint against the woman.
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