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'Permit Patty' Regrets Confronting Girl Selling Water

'Permit Patty' Regrets Confronting Girl Selling Water
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:47 AM

"Permit Patty" said she regrets confronting a young girl selling bottled water and has apologized under an onslaught of hate mail and death threats received since the incident, The New York Times reported.

Alison Ettel said she was working in her home in San Francisco and acted out of frustration after being interrupted by eight-year-old Jordan Rodgers and her mother, Erin Austin, who were selling bottles of water on the street outside.

Ettel threatened to call the police on Rodgers for not having a permit.

In a video of the confrontation, posted to Austin's Instagram page, Ettel can be heard saying the girl was "illegally selling water without a permit" while holding the phone to her ear as Austin followed her.

In an interview that aired on NBC’s "Today" on Monday, Ettel said she was trying to focus on her work but that Austin and her daughter were making a noise on the street below and distracting her.

"I tried to be polite but I was stern," said Ettel. "And I said, 'Please, I'm trying to work. You're screaming. You're yelling, and people have open windows. It's a hot day. Can you please keep it down?'"

Austin denied this, insisting that Ettel had not mentioned the noise.

"She never asked us to be quiet. She came out and directly demanded to see a permit to sell water from an 8-year-old," she said.

Austin's video has gone viral and since then Ettel, who has been dubbed "Permit Patty," said she has received "all kinds of threats. Horrible, horrible images and death threats. All for something that was an escalated miscommunication between two neighbors."

She told "Today" that she would like to apologize to the mother and daughter. They, however, said they would not accept Ettel's apology.

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