California dispensary pulls products over 'Permit Patty' viral video

Isaac Cain
June 26, 2018

San Francisco Police has not responded to NBC Bay Area's request for comment. You're screaming. You're yelling, and people have open windows.

Austin told USA Today her daughter, Jordan, was selling the water to raise money to go to Disneyland. Then, Ettel tries to duck under a wall.

Austin denied Ettel was diplomatic in her approach.

The little girl was selling bottles of water in front her apartment building near the AT&T Park stadium in San Francisco when the woman chose to call the police.

Ettel said she lost her temper because the girl, Jordan, and her mother, Erin Austin, had been making noise for several hours.

"She calling police on a 8-year-old little girl".

"On my property", Austin retorts.

"This woman don't want a little girl to sell some water, she's calling the police on an 8-year-old girl", Austin is heard saying.

Meanwhile, "Permit Patty" herself, Alison Ettel, is addressing the controversy.

"They were screaming about what they were selling".

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Ettel said she asked the building security to intervene but to no avail.

In her interview with Today, Austin invoked the issue of white privilege.

On May 12, for example, members of a black sorority were questioned by a state trooper while picking up litter on a Pennsylvania highway. "She also called the woman "#PermitPatty".

"Oftentimes when African-American people are involved, it leads to an escalation of police force", said community organizer Carol Fiffe said about the Lake Merritt incident. In the worst cases, the incidents have escalated to body slams or even gunshots. Many people are noting that the story felt very, very similar to some others stories we've seen recently.

- Raj (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018 For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white mean that we're selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay? "And the problem is that black skin frequently violates the social order".

That's not the only way the accounts of Ettel and Rodgers' family diverge.

Later in the segment, Ettel revealed that she's received "all kinds of threats". A number of critics saw evidence of underlying racism in her decision to call 911.

Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, Barbary Coast Dispensary and SPARC, both in San Francisco, and Berkeley Patients Group, have all said on their social channels they are dropping Treatwell because of what its owner, Alison Ettel, did over the weekend.

"This woman don't wanna let a little girl sell some water", the woman says. She was back on Sunday selling water again.

After seeing the video, musician Jonathon Brannon made a decision to help the girl achieve her dream and purchased four tickets to Disneyland for the family.

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