Woman caught on video calling police on street vendor fired from job
When will they ever learn?
A woman who was caught on video confronting a street vendor in San Francisco and asking if she had a seller’s permit is now unemployed, thanks to a vigilant bystander who recorded the incident.
Dubbed “Permit Betty” by the undefeated internet, the woman has been fired from Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a non-profit NBC reports, after a video of her harassing a street vendor went viral.
“We gotta another Permit Betty here, everybody. Let’s get her viral also,” said Derrick Miguel Perryman, who recorded the video, referencing the woman called Permit Patty who called the police on an 8-year-old girl for selling water.
The woman then tried to justify her actions saying: “Sorry guys, I gotta ask for permits.”
“Yup she sure does. She’s gotta mess with people that’s just trying to make a living,” Perryman responds.
Once Perryman questioned where “Permit Betty” worked, the woman scurried away.
Another street vendor, Greye Dixon, told NBC: “I’ll tell you by looking at the video, that I’m actually irritated as a vendor because that for sure is not one of us, and she definitely shouldn’t be there.”
Permit Betty’s actions falls in line with Barbecue Becky, Pool Patrol Paula and Permit Patty, in incidents that saw white people calling the police and reporting black people because of run of the mill, everyday situations.
Alison Ettel, aka #PermitPatty, was at the center of controversy in a similar incident when she called the police on a 8-year-old Black girl for selling water in Oakland a few weeks ago.
Thankfully the mother of the enterprising young woman, who was raising money to go to Disneyland, captured Ettel on video trying to report her daughter for not having a permit, reports the Huffington Post.
Ettel faced off with the vigilant mom. “This woman don’t want a little girl to sell some water, she’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl,” the mother said on camera.
Due to the swift social media backlash Ettel was forced to step down from her CEO role at the cannabis firm she founded.
The company, TreatWell Health, offers a range of medicinal cannabis-based products for dogs, cats, and humans.
Treatwell Health’s spokesperson Cynthia Gonzalez issued a statement about Ettel’s resignation.
“Alison Ettel, CEO of TreatWell Health, has resigned, effective immediately. This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interest of their patients. 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. And she regrets her part and is remorseful.”
The irony is that Ettel’s former company TreatWell Health had been selling cannabis products without the proper permits/licenses. When Ettel was asked about the grey legal area of the cannabis industry (especially when it comes to federal vs state regulations) in a 2015 interview, Ettel quipped that she essentially operated on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” type of policy.