The woman dubbed "Permit Patty" for threatening to call police on an 8-year-old black girl selling water on the street has stepped down as CEO of her cannabis company following a massive online backlash that resulted in her products getting dropped by other marijuana sellers.
The San Francisco woman called the cops on an 8-year-old girl for selling water.
"She comes out and demands the permit for my daughter". New West Summit, an annual cannabis tech conference where Ettel was a panelist in 2017, said it wouldn't work with TreatWell until she issues an apology and allows some time to pass. The video was taken by the girl's mother, Erin Austin. When the girl did not produce one, she called the police on her for "illegally selling water without a permit". She told the Chronicle that she's received death threats and sexually violent messages, and that people have tried to get into her building to confront her.
Video of the incident shot by Austin went viral over the weekend, with Ettel earning the nickname #PermitPatty. By Sunday, the moniker stuck.
Ettel stood back up, looked toward the camera and said, "Yeah, illegally selling water without a permit".
"Allison Ettel, CEO of Treatwell Health, has resigned, effective immediately".
A company spokeswoman said Ettel left the company so that its employees and patients don't bear the fallout of media scrutiny.
The girl and her mother had been screaming about $2 bottles of water for hours outside Ettel's window, Laermer said. San Francisco Police Department did not responded to requests for comment.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. It was compared to the now-infamous incident where two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks as they waited for a friend, as well as the #BarbecueBecky incident in Oakland, where a woman called the police on a black family's "illegal" barbecue.
She added that she could not actually see the girl out on the sidewalk and that she declined an offer by authorities to send cops to the scene.
"And I said, 'Please, I'm trying to work". It's a hot day. Austin follows her, telling her that, "You can hide all you want, but the whole world gonna see you, boo".
Following the latest #LivingWhileBlack controversy, fortunes have diverged for Ettel and the eight-year-old she's accused of bullying. TreatWell makes cannabis products for people and pets. She'd been selling water to raise money for a trip to Disneyland and, following the #PermitPatty incident, musician Jonathan Brannon bought her four tickets to the amusement park.
Austin told CNN the threats should stop, saying, "Nobody should be going to jail over this woman".
In the days following Ettel's Permit Patty virality, reviewers and sellers of TreatWell products are promising they will no longer do business with her. Mic reports that at least six businesses have distanced themselves from TreatWell.
Ettel told Huffing Post that she only pretended to call the police after claiming the girl and her mother were making a lot of noise.
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