'Permit Patty' Really Didn't Call Cops on Girl Selling Water

Delia Walker
June 28, 2018

She dubbed the woman Permit Patty.

Austin told USA Today her daughter, Jordan, was selling the water to raise money to go to Disneyland.

"What kind of monster calls the cops on a little girl?"

While Ettel says she's not proud of herself for calling the police on a little girl, she explained her reasoning, saying she was trying to get work done upstairs and couldn't concentrate with the girl and her mother's yelling.

That's when the girl's mother began shooting the video.

Little Jordan had been selling the bottles in San Francisco recently when she was confronted by a neighbor who asked her if she had a permit, and threatened to call police.


That's not the only way the accounts of Ettel and Rodgers' family diverge. "The whole world gonna see you, boo". Ettel was on the phone and crouched behind a wall to avoid the camera and can be heard saying "illegally selling water without a permit" on her phone.

The now viral video has cost Ettel's company one of her clients.

The girl's apparent crime was selling water without a permit across from the AT&T stadium, SFGate.com reports.

"It's not your property", Ettel said at the end of the clip.

When told the news that she was gifted four tickets to Disneyland, the young girl was captured on video screaming with joy. "I tried to be polite but I was stern", Ettel said in the interview.

Austin notes that her daughter is selling water on her own property.


"It was stupid. I completely regret that I handled that so poorly", she told the Huffington Post.

Ettel also said that she never called to report Jordan, but rather to inquire about whether what the mother and daughter were doing was legal. "That was a mistake, a complete mistake", she told HuffPost.

As for Rodgers, her cousin Lee has since showed on social media that she's still out selling water.

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. Since the video was posted on Saturday it has gained over a million views on Instagram.

Ettel said the situation had nothing to do with race. Upon seeing the viral footage of the phone call, however, the director of the film has announced that Ettel will be no longer involved with the project and "all content that remotely promotes her or her business" will be removed.

In this latest instance of black people being reported to authorities for seemingly normal things, Ettel - now nicknamed by critics "Permit Patty" - has drawn comparisons to Jennifer Schulte. "I have no problem with enterprising young women", she told the publication. I want to support that little girl. "It was all the mother and just about being quiet", she said.


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