Woman who called cops on 8-year-old selling water in San Francisco loses business

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A woman who called police on an 8-year-old girl selling water bottles to Giants fans outside AT&T Park has lost some business after going viral. (KGO-TV)

A woman who went viral for calling authorities on a girl for selling bottled water without a permit is taking a hit to her business.

The Yelp page for Alison Ettel's company, TreatWell, which sells cannabis products for pets and humans, has been bombarded with negative reviews.

TreatWell has also seen San Francisco Bay Area dispensaries pull the company's products from store shelves.

"We just thought it was the right thing to do. All of us owners are born and raised in San Francisco and we still live here, and we have families. San Francisco has always been a very diverse community with pretty much everybody living in the city. We support the diverse community," says Jesse Henry, one of the dispensary owners.

Ettel was seen on an Instagram video was posted Saturday by Erin Austin, the mother of 8-year old Jordan Rogers, and has been viewed millions of times around the globe.


In the video, you can hear Austin say "this woman doesn't want to let a little girl sell some water."

Moments later, Ettel is heard saying "she's illegally selling water without a permit" into the cellphone held up to her ear. Ettel said that the little girl was "loudly" selling water outside of her apartment for hours.

Jordan's mom was outraged.

"She comes out and demands the permit for my daughter. She said if we didn't give it to her, she'd call the cops," the girl's mother said. "So I said, 'Ok, call the cops.' And she did."

Austin says her daughter was just trying to raise money for a trip to Disneyland.

VIDEO: Woman calling cops on 8-year-old for selling water near AT&T Park goes viral
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A woman went viral after calling police on an 8-year-old girl who was selling water bottles to Giants fans outside AT&T Park.


"She's wanted to go for a while... I actually lost my job, so she wanted to help," Austin said.

Ettel told ABC News that she never spoke to the little girl, but says her building's security guard first tried to get the girl and her mom to keep the noise down or move, saying she "did phone the police but not to report them" and that she "simply wanted to know if what they were doing was legal."

SFPD later confirmed they did not receive any calls about anyone selling water.

The backlash online has been swift and fierce, with commenters dubbing her as "Permit Patty" and worse, accusing Ettel of racism.

On Tuesday, KGO reached out to Ettel for comment after losing business, but a representative declined, saying Ettel was "traumatized."
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