Erin Austin, whose 8-year-old daughter Jordan went viral after a woman dubbed "Permit Patty" pretended to call cops on her for selling water bottles, says her "faith in humanity has been restored" by the public's outpouring of love, support, and donations for her daughter. But the woman, Allison Ettel, said she wasn't being racist and that she was only pretending to call the cops.
The video that sparked the controversy shows a white woman, identified as Alison Ettel, with a phone up to her ears as she appears to try to crouch behind a wall to escape the attentions of Austin's video.
"You can hide all you want", Austin said. He bought the whole family tickets and reminded the world that there is kindness out there.
Ettel says that her problem was with Austin, who she says had been "screaming about what they were selling".
The girl and her mother had been screaming about $2 bottles of water for hours outside Ettel's window, Laermer said.
Some compared her to the woman who called 911 in April over a group of black people barbecuing in a park in Oakland, California. She told the Chronicle that she's received death threats and sexually violent messages, and that people have tried to get into her building to confront her.
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. Sitting inside her home trying to work, Ettel said, she lost her temper. Ettel says into her phone.
Austin denied Ettel was diplomatic in her approach.
"As a business woman myself, I will always strive to encourage female entrepreneurship". "Believe me, I wish I never had done that".
Ettel told the HuffPost that she was only bluffing and never did call police. "That wasn't it. I just wanted them to be quiet or move to a corner".
"It was literally nonstop".
Meanwhile, the mother of the eight-year-old girl has promised to press charges against Ettel for harassment. SFPD later confirmed to ABC7 News they did not receive any calls about anyone selling water. It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice.