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Permit Patty: Woman ‘calls police’ on eight-year-old for selling water

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Permit Patty: Woman 'calls police' on eight-year-old for selling water
ERIN AUSTIN | BBC
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Move over BBQ Becky, there’s another angry woman in town and she’s not afraid to call the cops.

People have been using the hashtag #PermitPatty after a video was shared showing a woman reporting a child to police in East Oakland, California, for selling water outside her home.  – PERMIT PATTY

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Eight-year-old Jordan Austin was selling water without an official license.

Alison Ettel contacted the authorities to report Jordan’s actions.

A video of the incident was shared on Instagram by Jordan’s mum Erin, and was also shared on Twitter by her cousin Raje Lee – both using the #PermitPatty hashtag.

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“[Jordan] was selling water bottles when [Alison] just rudely approached her, like: ‘I need to see your permit’,” Raje told The Huffington Post.

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“Erin stepped in and told her to leave her kid alone. That’s when the lady proceeded to call the police.”

Raje’s video has been viewed nearly 7 million times in just two days on Twitter. Another 1.1 million have watched Erin’s video on Instagram.

Alison is reportedly the CEO of a medicinal marijuana company and at least one organisation in the state, where the drug is legal, say they will no longer sell her products.

Some Twitter users said that the situation highlighted a lack of equality in America between black and white individuals.

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