An 8-year-old was forced to contend with John Law after a woman called the police on her over selling bottled water on a San Francisco sidewalk.
Video posted by Twitter user @_ethopiangold shows a woman on the phone on a public sidewalk.
— R. (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018
“This woman don’t want to let a little girl sell some water. She’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl,” the woman said, as the other woman attempted to hide behind a wall, out of view of the cellphone camera.
“You can hide all you want. The whole world is going to see you,” she said, as the other woman stood up and declared to the police the girl was “illegally selling water without a permit.”
Raj also posted a video of the smiling girl, wearing a San Francisco Giants t-shirt.
The woman appearing to call the police was identified by the Huffington Post as Alison Ettel.
Claiming she was “pretending” to call the cops, Ettel said she just “snapped” after hearing the sellers from her office window.
Ettel told HuffPost that the incident, which has left her feeling “horrible and heart-wrenched,” began because the girl’s mother was “screaming.” She asked the building’s security to intervene, but said they could do nothing.
“They were screaming about what they were selling,” she said. “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.”
“I have no problem with enterprising young women. I want to support that little girl. It was all the mother and just about being quiet,” she told the HuffPo.
The Huffington Post alleged there was a racial motivation to the woman’s actions, noting she was white.