Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Eight-year-old water hawker gets free ticket to Disney

Eight-year-old water hawker gets free ticket to Disney

Alison Ettel went viral over the weekend after footage spread of her on the phone, saying she was calling the authorities on a girl because she didn't have a permit to sell water, drawing instant comparisons to other high-profile cases of white Americans harassing people of colour with 911 calls.

A woman captured on viral video calling police on a black girl who was selling bottled water in San Francisco insists the incident had nothing to do with race - just the "disturbance" caused by the young entrepreneur, according to a report.

"This woman don't wanna let a little girl sell some water", Austin can be heard saying.

Another user going the name J'Schalla tweeted: "This is America, where a grown San Francisco woman will call the cops on an 8-year old girl for selling water outside of her apartment building".

That's when Ettel ducks behind a wall, hiding from Austin's camera, who follows the cowering woman. "The whole world gonna see you".


"Yeah, and illegally selling water without a permit", Ettel is heard telling Austin. And in this latest racist incident, a black mom took matters into her own hands to capture the woman, Ettel on video trying to report her daughter for not having a permit, reports the Huffington Post.

Austin believed Ettel intentions were racially motivated and said she has non-white family members who have done the same thing without incident. I want to support that little girl.

In the interview, Ettel breaks down in tears as she says she's received "all kinds of threats" - including "death threats" - numerous the messages containing "horrible, awful images". She told HuffPost she completely regrets making the "stress-related" confrontation, and begged the publication not to make her sound "horrible". It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice.

"What kind of monster calls the cops on a little girl?"

The woman has been dubbed "Permit Patty" for calling the police on an eight-year-old girl. "All for something that was an escalated miscommunication between two neighbors", Ettel said while fighting back tears in the interview.


"As a business woman myself, I will always strive to encourage female entrepreneurship". She continued on to claim that she asked them to quiet down while she was working.

Ettel could have shut her windows but said it was a hot day and doing so wouldn't have blocked out the noise.

She has a theory why no one asked her son for a permit.

The police, as it has repeatedly demonstrated, is especially prone to punishing people of color over the pettiest matters, sometimes shooting them fatally merely over suspicions.


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