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Alert the Police! 8-Year-Old Selling Water Without a Permit Turns Into Race Debate
Children running into trouble for selling lemonade without a permit has become a common sight in some communities. The issue has become big enough that Country Time set up a website to help pay legal fees, but a woman in San Francisco took the issue to a new level on Friday and it has sparked a debate about race.
Alison Ettel called police for an 8-year-old girl "illegally selling water without a permit."
The incident happened across the street from the AT&T Stadium outside the girl's home and Ettel's office.
The call was captured on video by the girl's mother, who dubbed Ettel #permitpatty, and has gone viral since she posted it to her Instagram page.
Make this bitch go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty would 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 🤬🤬🤬
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"You can hide all you want. The whole world gonna see you, boo," Erin Austin says while recording Ettel ducking behind a wall.
Question have risen over whether race motivated Ettel who is white to call the cops on Jordan who is black.
Ettel denied those allegations.
Ettel told the Huffington Post that she simply wanted some quiet while trying to work. She said the girl and her mother kept screaming "Come and buy my water" and she could not shut her office window because it was too hot. She said she never actually called the police but instead pretended to make the call to get the yelling to stop.
Austin told USA Today's All the Moms that she recently lost her job and that Jordan wanted to go to Disneyland, which is why she was selling the water.
The story doesn't end there though. After #permitpatty started trending on Twitter, it appears Jordan got her wish courtesy of a stranger.
And as for Ettel, the incident appears to have had large negative consequences for her company, weed dispensary TreatWell Health. According to Leafly.com, by Saturday night at least three Bay Area retailers — Magnolia Oakland, SPARC, and Barbary Coast — decided to no longer carry products from Treatwell.