A California woman who has come to be known as “Permit Patty” after she was seen in a viral video threatening to call the police on an 8-year-old girl who was selling water on the sidewalk without a permit has stepped down as the CEO of her company. Alison Ettel’s abrupt resignation comes amid a national backlash over the behavior she was seen exhibiting on a video shot by the girl’s mother, Erin Austin. Ettel is white and the girl, Jordan Rodgers, is black. An irate Ettel could be seen on the phone with 911, threatening to report Rodgers for not having a permit. Many saw a racial component to Ettel’s actions, though she has insisted that was not the case.
Ettel, 44, has been the CEO of TreatWell Health, a company that sells marijuana-based pain medications for dogs. In the days since Austin’s video had gone viral, several dispensaries stopped carrying TreatWell’s products.
“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,” a company spokesperson reportedly said of Ettel’s decision to step down. TreatWell’s products are also sometimes used by humans.
In an interview with CNN, Ettel said she regrets the way she handled the situation, but that she’s felt “manipulated” as the uproar that followed grew. She also found herself booted from a documentary she was set to be profiled in, about women working in the legal marijuana business. The director of the film, titled Lady Buds, said in a post on Instagram that Ettel “is no longer affiliated with” the film “due to her racist and divisive actions.”
Meanwhile, some have noted that Ettel created a stir about a young girl selling water without having obtained the proper permit at the same time she is selling a product that hasn’t been approved for use on canines.
“I should never have confronted her,” Ettel said of her exchange with Rodgers in the CNN interview. “And I know that. But I did … and I’m embarrassed by that.”
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