Woman allegedly calls police on 8-year-old African American girl selling water

Jun 28, 2018
11:58 A.M.
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A video of a white woman calling the police to report about an 8-year-old African American girl selling water bottles raised an outrage.


The Instagram video showed the child's mother, Erin Austin, who recorded and posted the video on her account, following a woman named Alison Ettel.

Ettel is seen holding a phone pressed against her ears. She was on a conversation with police authorities at the time Austin was recording the footage.

Austin informed that she recently lost her job, so her daughter, Jordan, was trying to raise money so that she could go to Disneyland.


Her daughter was selling the water bottles outside the family's apartment building. It was right across the street from AT&T Stadium, where the Giants were playing.

Ettel then approached the girl and asked her about a permit for selling the water bottles in that area. When Austin noticed this, she decided to intervene. She also decided to record the video of the woman.


“This woman doesn’t wanna let a little girl sell some water. She called the police on an 8-year-old little girl," Austin is heard saying in the video.

Realizing that Austin was recording her video, Ettel is seen ducking behind a brick structure trying to hide in the footage.


Austin, however, follows her and goes behind the brick structure. She catches the woman on tape just when she is talking with the police authorities complaining about her daughter selling the water bottles.

Ettel then tries to justify herself in the video saying that the little girl is “illegally selling water without a permit.” She might have also been telling it to the police authorities rather than to the mother.

Austin's intention with the video was to make it go viral. So far, it has gathered around 1 million views.