Permit Patty, cultural cousin of BBQ Becky, has turned the tables to say she is the victim after calling the police on a little Black girl for selling water bottles.
Patty, whose real name is Alison Ettel, told HuffPost she now feels “horrible and heart-wrenched,” but added that she is now receiving threats over the internet and feels “discriminated against.”
Eight-year-old Jordan Rodgers was selling water bottles outside on a hot day when Ettel, 44, said she was calling the police because the girl was “illegally selling water without a permit.”
She insisted that race played no role in her actions. According to Ettel, she became frustrated because Jordan and her mother, Erin Austin, were screaming.
BBQ Becky inspires more privilege.
“It was stupid,” she said. “I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. 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.”
But in the court of public opinion, she’s already guilty of calling the police on Black people for no reason.
Ettel, a San Francisco resident, is the CEO of marijuana business Treat Well, which includes edible options for people and pets and faced backlash immediately following the incident.
Jordan’s mother told CBS News that no one was screaming and that her daughter was selling water so she could go to Disneyland for the first time. And Jordan is going to keep selling her water.
“Recently I lost my job and we were planning a trip to Disneyland before that happened,” she said. “And so it kind of sidelined us a little bit. And my daughter just wanted to help.”
Ettel claimed she was only pretending to call the police. But either way, why
“Let kids be kids,” Austin said. “If they’re not hurting anybody, who cares”
This #WhileBlack tale has a happy ending after all, though, CBS reported: “As for the trip to Disneyland, musician Jonathan Brannon saw the story and has already paid for Rodgers and three of her family members to go whenever they’d like.”