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Audio Confirms #PermitPatty Really Did Call 911 On Little Girl Selling Water

Alison Ettel claimed that she’d only pretended to call the police on an 8-year-old girl selling water outside, but audio of her 911 call proves otherwise.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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It looks like #PermitPatty may not have been telling the whole truth.

Alison Ettel, the San Francisco resident who became known online as #PermitPatty after threatening to call the police on an 8-year-old black girl selling water outside of her apartment building earlier this month, later claimed in an interview with The Huffington Post that she only pretended to make the call. Now, new reports show that she actually did.

KTVU, a Fox news station serving the Bay area, obtained audio of the 911 call Ettel claims she never made, during which she remarks, “I have someone who does not have a vendor permit that’s selling water across from the ballpark.”

After Ettel requests someone to talk to about it, the dispatcher says that he will transfer her to the police department; the call ends a few seconds later. It is unclear whether the call was dropped or if Ettel hung up.

The call, which KTVU confirmed was made from Ettel’s cell phone, was recorded in the San Francisco Police Dispatch records as a report of a “suspicious person,” KTVU reports.

Ettel’s blow-up went viral after the girl’s mother, Erin Austin, posted footage of the incident on Instagram. During the video, Ettel can be seen holding a phone to her ear, as shown in the screenshot above.

Ettel later apologized for her behavior in an interview with The Huffington Post, and claimed that she was only bluffing and never called the police on the girl and her mother.

“It was stupid. I completely regret that I handled that so poorly,” she said. “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.”

Ettel’s actions sparked backlash online. She resigned as CEO of TreatWell Health, a producer of cannabis-infused products, on Tuesday, after at least six marijuana businesses cut ties with the company.

[Photo: Screenshot via Instagram/@ladyesowavy]