A white woman was accused of calling the police on an 8-year-primitive non-white girl selling bottled water Friday on a sidewalk in San Francisco.
The girl’s mother posted a video of the encounter to Instagram on Saturday morning, in which she can be heard saying, “This woman don’t want to let a limited girl sell some water. She’s calling the police on an 8-year-primitive limited girl.”
The woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, appears to be making a phone call. She ducks behind a low wall as the camera follows her, and then can be heard saying into the phone, “illegally selling water without a permit.”
The girl’s mother can be heard saying, “On my property.”
Ettel then replies, “Not your property,” and continues with the phone call.
A woman who said she is the girl’s cousin later also posted the video to Twitter, saying, “So my limited cousin was selling water and didn’t believe a permit so this lady decided to call the cops on an 8 year primitive. #PermitPatty“
She posted another video to Twitter of the girl selling bottled water from a cooler, writing, “my family thanks you total for the comical comments memes & words of encouragement my limited cousin is doing okay for those who are asking and her mom is going to be urgent charges for harassment.”
The girl’s mother and cousin did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment, not did Ettel. The San Francisco Police Department also did not immediately respond to questions approximately whether they had received a call from Ettel on Friday.
The girl’s mother in the San Francisco encounter, Erin Austin, told KTVU Ettel demanded to see her daughter’s permit for selling water while they were in front of their apartment building near AT&T Park, where the Giants had an evening domestic game.
But Ettel told HuffPost that she had only “pretended” to call police, and said the call had nothing to attain with the girl and her mothers’ race. She said she had been hearing the limited girl and her mother “screaming approximately what they were selling” from her open office window above the sidewalk.
“It was literally nonstop. It was every two seconds, ‘approach and buy my water.’ It was continual and it wasn’t a soft voice, it was screaming,” she told HuffPost.
She said she ducked and hid from the camera while the child’s mother was recording to “find a mild plot where I could hear.”
“I believe no problem with enterprising young women. I want to support that limited girl. It was total the mother and just approximately being mild,” she said.
The video appears to be the latest in a series of incidents in which white people believe called the police on people of color for going approximately their lives, and this specific case is drawing comparisons on Twitter to a woman, dubbed #BBQBecky, who called the police on a group of black people having a barbecue in Oakland in May.
In another recent incident, two Native American teens were interrogated by campus police at Colorado State University after a white woman on their campus tour was suspicious of them being “real mild.”
“I judge they’re Hispanic. I believe, one of them for certain, he said he’s from Mexico,” the woman said when she called 911.