Alison Ettel

‘Permit Patty’ resigns as CEO of cannabis company after calling cops on girl selling water in viral video

Alison Ettel, the woman reportedly caught calling the police on a girl selling water in a now-viral video, has apparently resigned as CEO of her California-based cannabis company.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that several Bay Area dispensaries announced they would stop carrying TreatWell Health products after their founder was caught on video calling police on an 8-year-old African American girl for selling water without a permit. The video quickly spread over the Internet, where Ettel became known as ‘Permit Patty’ on social media.

“It is Ms. Ettel’s belief that TreatWell, its employees, and patients should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment,” TreatWell spokeswoman Cynthia Gonzalez said Tuesday, announcing her resignation.

The newspaper reported that multiple dispensaries said they won’t be ordering additional inventory from TreatWell and said proceeds from the remaining sales will go to the girl selling water and local nonprofits focused on empowering girls of color.

Ettel previously told the Huffington Post that the girl’s mother had been yelling outside her apartment complex and that the building’s security failed to intervene. She also claimed that she was only “pretending” to call the cops and denied that her actions were racially motivated.

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“I had been putting up with this for hours, and I just snapped,” Ettel said.

“I have no problem with enterprising young women. I want to support that little girl. It was all the mother and just about being quiet.”

[Featured Image: Twitter video screengrab]