Alison Ettel is the woman who called police on a elementary school-age San Francisco girl hoping to sell water to baseball fans in front of her apartment building Saturday. The girl’s mother captured it on her cell phone and posted it to Instagram. Ettel, who can be seen on her phone calling police tries to hide when she realizes she’s being recorded by the girl’s mother. Ettel has deleted her Facebook.
Now known virally as #PermitPatty, Ettel has two master’s degrees, one in urban planning, owns a medical marijuana business, was an equity trader and a Brookings Institution researcher.
Ettel, 44, is not unlike so-called #BBQBecky, the woman who called police on a black family having a cookout in a park in Oakland who too was well-educated.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. An 8-Year-Old Selling Water to Baseball Fans Had the Police Called on Her by Ettel
A woman named Raj on Twitter, whose cousin is the little girl, said her cousin lives near AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants were slated to play the San Diego Padres Saturday. The girl, with a big smile and a rolling cooler, announced, “Cold water $2. Cold water $2” hoping to sell water to baseball fans.
Her mother was outside their apartment building with her daughter when Ettel began phoning the police. When the mother began capturing Ettel calling cops, the woman tried to hide by ducking down around a concrete wall on the sidewalk and when the mom said, “…you can hide all you want. The whole world gonna see you, boo.” Ettel comes from her hiding spot and says, “Yeah. Illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah.”
2. #PermitPatty is a Thing With General Outrage, Memes & Viral Notoriety
We gotta new meme tho y’all #PermitPatty pic.twitter.com/DW3TFjRzn4
— Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018
#PermitPatty is being likened to #BBQBecky, Jennifer Schulte, an Oakland woman who called police to report a black family having a BBQ in a park where she said no charcoal grills were permitted. It was reported later that Schulte was “evaluated for an involuntary psychiatric hold” after the incident. She too went viral after calling police and telling a 911 dispatcher that black people were using a charcoal grill in a non-designated area in Lake Merritt park.”
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