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Citizen whistleblower of 8-year-old selling water on San Francisco sidewalk deemed "Permit Patty"

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A woman who says she was annoyed with a mother/daughter team selling water on the sidewalk in Northern California made viral celebrityhood when a video of her calling police reached over 6 million people. 

The alleged whistleblower's name is Alison Ettel, but many have now dubbed her with the hashtag #PermitPatty because of her actions against the young girl. 

On June 23, Ettel was captured on video calling the police after she became aware that a little girl was selling bottled water near the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park stadium.

The person taking the footage, Erin Austin --the child's mother--confronts Ettel, saying, “This woman don't want a little girl selling sell some water. She's calling the police on an 8-year-old girl. You can hide all you want but the whole world is going to see you boo."

Ettel quickly ducks down behind a large concrete planter, but when Austin persists, she stands back up and says the little girl is selling water without a permit and that's "illegal." 

Some felt that the Ettel's actions were racially motivated because the pre-teen is a person of color. But Ettel says that she was only pretending to call law enforcement and there's “no racial component to it.”

Ettel's story goes that she was bothered by the constant yelling “about what they were selling," she could hear them from her office and the commotion was enough for her to make the call. 

Since the incident Ettel says she feels “horrible and heart-wrenched," but the backlash has led to death threats, shaming and now loss of a business contract. Ettel sells cannabis products and one of her vendors, a dispensary says they will no longer stock her product.

Magnolia Wellness sold Ettel's canine cannabis tinctures, a very popular item, "Treatwell was one of our best-selling products but to us, integrity is always before profits," Magnolia said on Monday. 

The girl's mother says her daughter wanted to go to Disneyland and sold the water to raise money for the trip. Someone has since donated four Disneyland tickets to the family. 

Another incident where a caucasian woman made a call to police because of a black family happened two months ago again in Northern California. An African American family was enjoying a barbecue at Oakland's popular Lake Merritt when a white woman called police on them because she said cookouts in the park were not allowed. 

That woman earned the hashtag #BBQBecky after video of that incident went viral.

Ettel is sorry for the way she handled things, she told the Huffington Post, "It was stupid, I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her. That was a mistake, a complete mistake. Please don’t make me sound horrible.”