A woman who appears to live by the letter of the law has faced the wrath of social media after she was caught dobbing in a young entrepreneur for not having the correct paperwork.
The eight-year-old girl had begun selling bottles of water from a cooler outside her San Fransisco apartment in a bid to raise funds to go to Disneyland.
But after discovering the girl didn’t have a permit to do so, the woman, dubbed Permit Patty online, allegedly called the police on her.
The girl’s older cousin posted a video of the woman to Twitter and a relative of the girl can be seen berating the whistleblower in the footage.
“This woman don’t wanna let a little girl sell some water,” she says.
The woman then tries to hide behind a wall after realising she’s being filmed.
“You can hide all you want,” the relative then says.
“The whole world gonna see you, boo.”
The woman on the phone then hits back saying: “And illegally selling water without a permit?”
“On my property,” the relative responds.
“Its not your property,” the woman snaps back.
The clip was quickly inundated with comments slamming the blonde woman’s actions.
“A better person would be calling her friends to have them come by and buy water,” one tweet said.
“Only a devil would want to see an eight-year-old child in the criminal justice system,” another user wrote.
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The short clip has since been seen over three million times and has accumulated nearly 50,000 retweets.
In later tweets, the girl’s cousin suggested the woman’s actions were racially motivated.
However the woman being filmed, Alison Ettel, told the HuffPost there was “no racial component to it” and claims she only “pretended” to call the police.
She also said her issue was not with the selling of the water, it was because the girl and her relatives were screaming loudly to advertise their product.
— Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018