SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – Viral video of a white woman reportedly calling police on an 8-year-old black girl selling bottled water has prompted an apology.

The incident allegedly happened Friday in front of the little girl’s home, near AT&T Park.

The girl’s cousin posted the video on Twitter with the hashtag #PermitPatty and wrote, ‘So my little cousin was selling water and didn’t have a permit so this lady decided to call the cops on an 8 year old.’

In the 15-second clip, the cousin follows a woman who has been identified as Alison Ettel.

Saturday night Ettel tweeted: “I would like to make a public apology for my actions. They were wrong. I was stressed and admittedly did the wrong thing. I am not racist and what I did had absolutely nothing to with her race. I have apologized on the Huffington Post.”

Many are comparing Ettel to a woman in at Lake Merritt in Oakland who called police to report a black family who was lawfully barbecuing. That woman was dubbed ‘Barbecue Becky.’

Comments (9)
  1. Let’s review: It should be obvious that the 8-year old did nothing wrong. And the woman who called the police was a jerk for doing it, but there’s no law against being a jerk.

    So, that leaves the third party; … the person or persons who took the call at the police department, and who would make the decision to either send police to the location, or to tell “Permit Patty” to take a chill pill and mind her own business, since no “crime” was involved.

    If those who took that call at the police department had done their job, and had treated the woman like the crank she was, and later admitted to being, this would all be a non-story.

  2. Another over educated woman with worthless degrees that has never accomplished her dreams, whatever they were, and takes her frustration out on other people. She has some kind of marijuana business for pets. There was another whackjob the other week in Oakland who called the cops because some family was barbecuing with live coals in a place where you’re not supposed to. In that case Jennifer Schulte, known as “BBQ Becky,” was hauled off for a psych eval.

  3. Will Lee says:

    Also, there’s the White Woman at the Daly City Lucky’s that told the Filipino couple to go back home. And the White Woman in Fremont, that told the Korean-American Veteran to go back to China. The White Woman in Oakland calling the police on the Black people have a BBQ. There are many racists being encouraged by the climate of the current racist WH Administration. 311 wouldn’t be sending out any SFPD for the water bottle situation. They don’t even show up for fender benders.

    1. If you voted for and support Trump, even if you’re not a self proclaimed racist, you may as well be! You’re supporting an administration that is making it a priority to disenfranchise non-white people and those considered “other”. You can’t just separate your politics from their real life implications, that’s not how policy works! You trying to blame Obama for race relations instead of blaming ACTUAL racist tells me that you don’t want to be called a racist but have no problem turning a blind eye to the things they do! Keep telling yourself this administration isn’t racist, you won’t see it because even though you identify as an “immigrant” you’re still a white male!

  4. Leave the girl alone OK? She did nothing wrong, if thats all she did.