Audio of a 911 call disputes claims from former cannabis firm CEO Alison Ettel that she only pretended to call police on an eight-year-old girl for selling water without a permit. Ettel was dubbed ‘Permit Patty’ after video of the call was posted online by Erin Austin, the girl’s mother. The social media uproar that followed was fueled by claims of racial bias in the treatment of the African-American girl by Ettel, who is white.
In the video, Ettel is seen talking on her cell phone and ducking behind a brick wall while Austin provides commentary about what she is recording.
“This woman don’t want a little girl to sell some water. She’s calling police on an 8-year-old little girl,” Austin says. “You can hide all you want — the whole world is going to see you, boo.”
Then Ettel speaks into her phone. “Yeah, and, um, illegally selling water without a permit?” she says.
After the video of the incident went viral and garnered media attention, Ettel told the Huffington Post that she had received death threats and felt “discriminated against.”
“It was stupid,” she added. “I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should