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Viral video shows white woman calling police on young black girl selling bottled water

The Hill logo The Hill 6/23/2018 Morgan Gstalter
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A white woman was recorded calling the police on an 8-year-old girl selling bottling water without a permit, according to a viral video posted on Saturday.

Twitter user @_ethiopiangold posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that her younger cousin was selling bottled water when a woman she dubbed "Permit Patty" intervened.

Law And Crime reported that the stand was set up outside AT&T Park during a San Francisco Giants baseball game.

In the video, the girl's older cousin is seen following the white woman who was walking away while talking on the phone.

"This woman don't wanna let a little girl sell some water," the cousin says. "She's calling the police on an eight-year-old little girl."

When the white woman appears to duck behind a wall, the cousin can be heard telling her she can hide all she wants.

"The world's gonna see you, boo," the cousin said.

The white woman then stands to her feet.

"Yeah and illegally selling water without a permit," she says in the video.

The girl's cousin responds, "On my property."

The white woman then says, "It's not your property."

The 15-second video took off on social media, notching more than 641,000 views as of Saturday afternoon.

"My family thanks you all for the funny comments memes & words of encouragement," the cousin later tweeted. "My little cousin is doing okay for those who are asking and her mom is going to be pressing charges for harassment."

The police reportedly never showed up to the scene.

Many Twitter users pointed out how the incident was similar to a white woman in Oakland, Calif., calling the policy on a black family for using a charcoal grill in a public park.

Area residents, in response, had a massive cookout at the same park last month in a sign of solidarity.

The woman instantly became an internet meme and was dubbed "Barbecue Becky."


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