Video of a woman allegedly calling the police on a young girl who was selling water bottles in San Francisco across from the AT&T stadium Friday is going viral.
The woman who took the video, who said she is the child's mother, referred to the woman as Permit Patty.
"This woman don't want a little girl selling sell some water".
Austin later posted the video as a post on her Instagram with the caption: "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". The family says she called the police on the 8-year-old for not having a permit.
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Alison Ettel told the San Francisco Chronicle that the girl and her mother had been making noise for several hours. She too went viral after calling police and telling a 911 dispatcher that black people were using a charcoal grill in a "non-designated area in Lake Merritt park". Ettel says into the phone. Ettel's solution, then, was to call the police-or to pretend to call the police.
She also said the incident had nothing to do with race; it was only about the volume of their salesmanship.
In the footage, the child's mother can be heard chastising Ettel as she stands on the phone; crouching down behind a wall when she realises she is being filmed.
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Caught off guard when Ettel approached 8-year-old Jordan for a permit, Austin told the blog that she intervened.
It was literally nonstop.
A man who saw the social media uproar bought the girl four tickets, enough for her whole family to go.
"As a business woman myself, I will always strive to encourage female entrepreneurship".
The woman seen on the phone then ducks and tries to get out of sight after seeing she is being recorded. "I was completely stressed out at work and that's not an excuse".
"A better person would be calling her friends to have them come by and buy water", one tweet said.
The video has been extensively liked and shared on Twitter and Instagram, with the majority of the commentators jumping to the girl's defense and chiding the woman for what many see as racial bias and an example of white privilege.