You may have heard about #PermitPatty, the woman who pretended to call police on an 8-year-old girl selling water this weekend and has been subsequently shamed in memes and viral videos across the web since. Turns out Permit Patty, real name Alison Ettel, also works in the cannabis industry, albeit a controversial area.
Erin Austin said a white woman(Ettel) called the police on her 8-year-old daughter for selling water without a permit, according to KTVU. The woman in the video was revealed later to be the owner of TreatWell, a company which sells and advocates marijuana products for dogs and cats.
Austin confronted the woman and recorded the interaction on her phone. She later posted the incident to Instagram.
“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,” Austin she said in the video’s caption.
Austin confronted her before Ettel cowered in shame behind a nearby wall.
“You can hide all you want. The whole world’s going to see you, boo,” Austin said as she brought the caller back into frame.
“This woman doesn’t want to let a little girl sell some water. She called the police on an 8-year-old little girl,” Austin said.
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The woman stood back up and attempted to justify calling the police.
“Yeah, and illegally selling water without a permit,” the woman said.
Austin responded by pointing out she’s on her property.
Austin’s caption also included the hashtag #PermitPatty. The internet has taken that and run with it, comparing the woman to “BBQ Becky,” who called police on a group of black people barbequing in an Oakland park last month.
Austin made a follow-up post on Instagram later on Saturday. She thanked everyone who showered her and her daughter with support.
She also said the police never showed up and she will be pursuing harassment charges against Permit Patty.
The blatant hypocrisy of Alison Ettel’s likely racism-motivated antics is that her company sells CBD products for pets, which seems to indicate that she has more compassion for the anxiety of animals than for children. It’s also worth noticing that the practice of giving marijuana products to pets is considered controversial in some circles.
Many people have come out in favor of boycotting TreatWell in response to Ettel’s bigoted shenanigans. Hopefully, this is the last we hear of Permit Patty and others like her.