‘Permit Patty’ threatens to call police on black girl, 8, selling water

Pauline Obrien
June 28, 2018

Little Jordan had been selling the bottles in San Francisco recently when she was confronted by a neighbor who asked her if she had a permit, and threatened to call police.

A video grab shows Alison Ettel ducking behind a wall while being recorded allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old girl.

Said Ettel: "Yeah, and um, illegally selling water without a permit?"

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.

The video went viral on social media with people calling Ettel #PermitPatty. She added, "It was literally nonstop".

Jordan's mom says her daughter was selling water to try to raise money for a trip to Disneyland, something she no longer needs to do because someone heard about the story and donated the money.

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Austin says, "There are so many people reaching out, a man in Austin, Texas sent me a receipt to pick up 12 cases of water ... a D.C. collective owner (black woman) is in S.F.to meet my daughter and take our family out to dinner".

"I tried to be polite, but I was stern", Ettel told the "Today" show Monday.

Many of Ettel's online critics have condemned her actions on Friday as racially motivated, an assessment Austin agrees with.

Ettel, who said she's been getting death threats since the video was posted, denied accusations of racism.

"We've been out before with my nieces who are full white and she didn't come out here and they were being way louder than Jordan was by herself", Austin said.

Ettel responded to the criticism in statements to media outlets, including an interview with the Huffington Post in which she attempted to explain her motive. Austin told USA Today that she was "overwhelmed" by the support and will be following up on the trip with her daughter and son, Joshua.

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The woman, later identified as Alison Ettel, said that the little girl was "loudly" selling water outside her apartment for hours.

Ettel says that her problem was with Austin, who she says had been "screaming about what they were selling". She also says she "pretended" to call the police.

She said that she didn't close the windows of her office because it was too hot and that it wouldn't have stopped the noise.

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A video of the incident was shared on Instagram by Jordan's mum Erin, and was also shared on Twitter by her cousin Raje Lee - both using the #PermitPatty hashtag.

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

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