When she confronted the young girl's mother, Ettel told the news publication that the mother "snapped". "The whole world's going to see you, boo", Austin said as she brought the caller back into frame.
Ausin said she was convinced the question was racially motivated, which is why she started recording Ettel's alleged call to police.
Ettel says into her phone, "Yeah, and um, illegally selling water without a permit".
Ettel told the Chronicle that she only pretended to call police after failed appeals to building security and a confrontation with the girl's mother.
Austin's cousin, Raje Lee, who posted about the incident on Twitter said her cousin was gifted four tickets to Disneyland by a man who heard about the story.
"In the video caption, she asked people to make the woman go viral under the hashtag "#permitpatty".
"This woman don't want a little girl selling sell some water".
Critics who spread the video far and wide said the threat of calling 911 on the black woman and child was racist and "evil".
We think Permit Patty learned her lesson here: don't try to mobilize the police against people of color just because one is personally annoyed they're being too loud. She told the Chronicle that she's received death threats and sexually violent messages, and that people have tried to get into her building to confront her.
"They were screaming about what they were selling", she said.
The woman on the phone counters "it's not your property".
In a video shared on Twitter, a woman said her young cousin was reported to police because she didn't have a permit to sell water.
The Instagram post was viewed more than 900,000 times by Sunday morning, while the Twitter post was retweeted 65,000 times. "It was this completely repetitive, every second", she said. Austin and her daughter refused to move, according to Ettel.
- Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 23, 2018 How miserable of a person do you have to be to call the police on a little girl selling bottled water??? The backlash online has been swift and fierce, with commenters dubbing her as "Permit Patty" and worse, accusing Ettel of racism. Meanwhile, an online supporter of the girl has since donated a trip to Disneyland for her and her family. First you sell water, then lemonade. She said she felt "horrible and heart-wrenched" after the incident.