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Alison Ettel, 'Permit Patty,' Quits Company Amid Backlash

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 01:30 PM

Alison Ettel, dubbed on social media as "Permit Patty," after pretending to call the police on a girl selling water in San Francisco last weekend, has resigned from the cannabis company she founded after criticism about the incident from her customers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Several San Francisco Bay-area marijuana dispensaries stopped carrying Ettel's TreatWell products after learning she was "Permit Patty" described in media reports, the newspaper reported.

In the incident that took on a racial component, Ettel, who is white, was captured on a smartphone video suggesting that she was calling the police on Jordan Rodgers, an African-American 8-year-old who was selling water for a trip to Disneyland after her mother lost her job. Ettel could be heard on the video saying that girl did not have a permit to sell the water.

"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 about her resignation Tuesday, according to the Chronicle.

According to the Los Angeles Times, TreatWell makes cannabis-based tinctures in different ratios for humans and pets.

Katie Rabinowitz, general manager of Magnolia Oakland, told the Chronicle that she was ending the company's relationship with TreatWell and expects to sell out of its remaining products this week.

"We're a women-run company, and we value integrity," Rabinowitz told the newspaper. "This is not the first company that we've ceased relationship with because of their morals."

The incident made its way on social media Saturday when Erin Austin, the girl's mother, posted a video of Ettel on Instagram, claiming she was calling the police on her daughter. The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times since it was posted.

Ettel claimed at the time that race had nothing to do with the incident but the noise that was being made selling the water while she tried to work from home.

"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, according to the HuffPost. "It was literally nonstop. It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice, it was screaming."

She later said that she regretted the incident and wanted to apologize, but Austin said she would not accept it.

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