Woman Dubbed 'Permit Patty' Resigns as Cannabis Company CEO After Threatening to Call the Cops on Girl Selling Water
A viral video showed Alison Ettel calling police on an 8-year-old who didn't have a permit.
A San Francisco woman who became known as "Permit Patty" after threatening to call the cops on a girl selling water has resigned from her cannabis company in the wake of the outrage.
Alison Ettel will no longer be CEO of her business after video of the call she made complaining about an 8-year-old black girl who lacked permits went viral.
Multiple dispensaries dropped products from Ettel's company, TreatWell, following the controversy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"It is Ms. Ettel's belief that TreatWell, its employees and patients should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment," TreatWell spokeswoman Cynthia Gonzalez said in a statement.
In another twist to the saga, the girl selling the bottles of water to pay for a trip to Disneyland will now get to go to the California theme park, thanks to a good Samaritan who was moved by the story.
Little Jordan had been selling the bottles in San Francisco when she was confronted by Ettel, who asked her if she had a permit and threatened to call police.
In a now-viral video of the incident, the girl's mother is heard saying, "This woman don't want a little girl to sell some water. She's calling police on an 8-year-old little girl. You can hide all you want; the whole world is going to see you, boo."
Speaking to Inside Edition, Jordan's mom, Erin Austin, said that the woman, now known as "Permit Patty," told her daughter, "If you don't show me a permit, I’m calling the cops."
"OK, call them!" Austin said. "When she pressed 911, I pulled my phone out of my pocket."
In the video, Ettel can be heard saying the little girl was "illegally selling water without a permit."
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