Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Woman calls police on eight-year-old girl selling water

Woman calls police on eight-year-old girl selling water

A woman in the Bay Area is getting lambasted on social media after video of her allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old black girl for selling water without a permit went viral.

In the viral video, the girl's older cousin can be seen following Ettel, who was walking away while talking on the phone.

While selling water may not have gone as planned, Austin's daughter Jordan is one step closer to going to the "Happiest Place on Earth" after a Twitter follower purchased four tickets to Disneyland for Rodgers, their family said.

Jordan was selling the water bottles outside the family's apartment building, which is across the street from AT&T Stadium, where the Giants were playing that day, Austin said.

"Permit Patty", whose real name is Alison Ettel, told the San Francisco Chronicle she regrets even pretending to call the police.

Black Americans have in recent months also had the police called on them while waiting in a coffee shop, napping, working out, selling real estate, moving into a new home and golfing.

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill chimed in: 'If you call the police on an 8 year old Black child selling water, you're saying that you don't care if that child lives or dies.

The white woman then stands up and says the little girl is "illegally selling water without a permit".

"I should have never confronted her".

"It was two o' clock in the afternoon and it was constant screaming and yelling", Ettel told the publication. She added, "It was literally nonstop". If you would like to support my daughter all funds sent to my cashapp will be for her! She said she felt "horrible and heart-wrenched" after the incident.

Austin denies screaming, and says the situation should have never escalated to calling the police. "It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice, it was screaming". "It was all the mother and just about being quiet", she told HuffPost.

Alison Ettel says she's now receiving death threats.

Twitter user @_ethiopiangold and Instagram user @ladyesowavy shared the original video of Ettel appearing to call the police on the 8-year-old girl, a relative of both. "I have no problem with enterprising young women", she told the publication.

"I want the little girl to know that it's not her fault", Ettel told NBC in an interview on The Today Show.

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

Some compared her to the woman who called 911 in April over a group of black people barbecuing in a park in Oakland, California.

After seeing the video, musician Jonathon Brannon made a decision to help the girl achieve her dream and purchased four tickets to Disneyland for the family.

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