The woman who threatened to call police on an African-American girl selling water on a San Francisco sidewalk — and who was mocked online as “Permit Patty” — has resigned as CEO of TreatWell Health.
A spokeswoman for the company, which sells cannabis-infused medical products, said: “this decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interest of [the company’s] patients.”
Alison Ettel was caught on camera confronting an 8-year-old girl selling water to passersby near AT&T Park. The video quickly went viral and sparked a wider conversation about black people being censured for seemingly harmless acts. Ettel says she’s sorry and that the incident had nothing to do with race.
‘I did call police, but not on anybody’
Ettel told CNN she was trying to make a deadline on the day the incident occurred and became annoyed by what she described as constant yelling about $2 water bottles for sale outside her window.
“I was working from home. I was on some extreme deadlines,” Ettel told CNN’s Dan Simon. “At the time, there was somebody shouting outside continuously. It was going on for a couple hours. I couldn’t concentrate at all.”
Ettel said the shouting was louder than the noise levels she regularly hears in the busy area.
“I am used to hearing a lot of noise, but