Alison Ettel, also known by the internet as ‘Permit Patty’ told everyone she only ‘pretended’ to call 911 on an 8-year-old selling water after a video of the incident went viral.
Ettel can be heard saying, “I have someone who does not have a vendor permit that’s selling water across from the ballpark.” She then asks to talk to someone about that, and the dispatcher asks Ettel to hold until she can be connected with San Francisco Police. Ettel holds for 17 seconds and then the call is cut, though it is unclear whether Ettel hung up or the call was simply disconnected.
The young girl was selling water to save up for a trip to Disneyland, since her mother had recently lost her job, per USA Today. In a happy twist, a man on Twitter who saw the video online bought the girl four tickets to Disneyland.