Woman who called cops on 8-year-old selling water in San Francisco loses business

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Woman who called cops on 8-year-old selling water in SF loses business
A woman who called police on an 8-year-old girl selling water bottles to Giants fans outside AT&T Park has lost some business after going viral.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Video of a San Francisco woman appearing to call authorities to report an 8-year old girl for selling bottled water on the street outside of AT&T Park without a permit has gone viral.

The Instagram video was posted Saturday by Erin Austin, the mother of 8-year old Jordan Rogers, has been viewed millions of times around the globe.

In the video, you can hear Austin say, "this woman doesn't want to let a little girl sell some water."

Moments later, the woman in question, Alison Ettel is heard saying, "She's illegally selling water without a permit" into the cellphone held up to her ear.

Ettel, said that the little girl was "loudly" selling water outside her apartment for hours.

Jordan's mom was outraged.

"She comes out and demands the permit for my daughter," the girl's mother said. "She said if we didn't give it to her she'd call the cops. So I said, 'Ok, call the cops.' And she did."

Austin says her daughter was just trying to raise money for a trip to Disneyland.

A woman went viral after calling police on an 8-year-old girl who was selling water bottles to Giants fans outside AT&T Park.

"She's wanted to go for a while ... I actually lost my job, so she wanted to help."

Ettel told ABC News that she never spoke to the little girl but says her building's security guard first tried to get the girl and her mom to keep the noise down or move, saying she "did phone the police but not to report them" and that she "simply wanted to know if what they were doing was legal."

SFPD later confirmed to ABC7 News they did not receive any calls about anyone selling water.

The backlash online has been swift and fierce, with commenters dubbing her as "Permit Patty" and worse, accusing Ettel of racism.

There have been consequences for Ettel's company, TreatWell as well, which sells cannabis products for pets and humans. Its Yelp page has been bombarded with negative reviews.

Cannabis retailer Barbery Coast, along with several other Bay Area dispensaries made the decision to pull Ettel's products from store shelves.

"We just thought it was the right thing to do. All of us owners are born and raised in San Francisco and we still live here and we have families. San Francisco has always been a very diverse community with pretty much everybody living in the city. We support the diverse community." says Jesse Henry, one of the of the dispensary.

ABC7 News offered Ettel an opportunity to speak today and her representative declined, telling us Ettel was "traumatized".