A San Francisco woman lost her mind over an 8-year-old girl selling bottles of water outside AT&T Park, apparently outside of the girl’s apartment complex.
In a video posted on Saturday, Alison Ettel calls the police on the little girl for selling the water “without a permit.”
The girl’s mother, Erin Austin, taped Ettel and let her have a piece of her mind. “This woman don’t want to let a little girl sell some water,” she says. “She’s calling police on an 8-year-old little girl.”
Ettel is seen smiling at the mother. “Yeah, um, illegally selling water without a permit,” she says of the child.
“Yeah, on my property,” replies Austin, though Ettel disagrees.
Austin posted the video to her instagram with the caption, “Make this b**** go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty would you rather my daughter be out here getting into s*** [because] an 8 year old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police.”
Later speaking to ABC News, Austin explained, “[Ettel] comes out and demands the permit for my daughter. She said if we didn’t give it to her she’d call the cops. So I said, ‘Okay, call the cops.’ And she did.”
“The lady called the police because I didn’t have a permit,” said the little girl.
According to Ettel, the apartment building’s security guard first asked the 8-year-old and her mother to quiet down or move. The woman admitted to calling the police, apparently not to report the child, but only because she “simply wanted to know if what they were doing was legal,” she told ABC News.
Austin later posted a video of her daughter selling water again, via an Instagram story. She also posted a photo of her children standing with San Francisco Fire Department employees, seemingly as an act of support. “The LOVE is REAL,” she captioned the photo.
Unfortunately, this is sort of a hallmark of the Left. As noted by National Review, lemonade stands from children looking to make a buck, sometimes for charitable causes, have been shutdown or fined by local government:
In Montgomery County, Md., children were fined $500 for operating an illegal lemonade stand outside the Congressional Country Club. In Texas, police shut down two little sisters’ lemonade stand for want of a $150 “peddler’s permit”; the town fathers agreed to waive the $150 fee — but insisted that the girls needed the health department’s sign-off first. In Iowa, men with guns were dispatched to stop a four-year-old girl from selling lemonade during a bicycle race. In New Castle, N.Y., city councilman Michael Wolfensohn dispatched armed men to a local park to stop children from selling unlicensed cupcakes and — horrors! — unregulated Rice Krispie treats.