A white woman in California is being highly criticized after a video of her allegedly calling the police on an 8-year-old black girl for selling water without a permit surfaced on social media.
The 8-year-old's mom, Erin Austin, posted a video of the encounter to her Instagram account on Saturday. In the video, the woman allegedly calling police, Allison Ettel, can be seen on the phone as Austin confronts her.
“This woman don’t wanna let a little girl sell some water,” Austin says to Ettel in the video.
Ettel can then be seen seemingly ducking behind a pillar once she realizes she is being recorded.
“She calling police on an 8-year-old little girl. You can hide all you want. The world gon’ see you, boo,” Austin continues in the video.
Austin told All the Moms her daughter was selling water bottles outside of her apartment building, which is across the street from AT&T Stadium, where the giants were playing that day.
Ettel allegedly approached Austin's 8-year-old daughter, Jordan, asking if she had a permit before the mom intervened, Austin claimed.
The video has been viewed nearly 1 million times on Instagram. Ettel has been dubbed “permit patty" across social media.
Ettel created an Instagram account to address the situation after receiving what she called “negative messages.”
“Everyone, please understand. I am NOT against female entrepreneurship. I am NOT Racist,” Ettel wrote on Instagram.“I AM against unlawful behavior and unfair practices. #alllivesmatter #justice.”
Ettel also reportedly told the Huffington Post that the incident had to do with the amount of noise the 8-year-old and her mother were allegedly making. She told the paper she is receiving death threats.