Cannabis company owner taking heat for incident with 8-year-old African-American girl selling water

The founder of a California company that makes marijuana tinctures is under fire for hassling an 8-year-old African-American girl who was selling water to baseball fans headed to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants’ game on Friday.

Alison Ettel, a white woman who is the owner of TreatWell Health, was videoed by Erin Austin allegedly calling police on Austin’s daughter Jordan for selling water without a permit.

The 15-second video has gone viral and evoked other recent controversies where white people have called police on black people for what seems to be normal activities, like waiting for someone at a Starbucks or leaving an Airbnb rental.

Ettel denied her action was racially motivated, telling NBC-TV’s “Today” show she called authorities because she was bothered by the “disruption” and was seeking clarity on whether the girl could legally sell the water.

Ettel told the San Francisco Chronicle she did not call the police and instead faked contacting security at a nearby apartment complex.

Whether Ettel made a real call or an intimidating bluff, the incident has hurt her business.

At least four marijuana retailers in the Bay Area – Magnolia Oakland, SPARC, The Berkley Patients Group and Barbary Coast – have said they will no longer carry TreatWell products, while Women Grow has said she is no longer welcome at their events, according to Leafly.

16 comments on “Cannabis company owner taking heat for incident with 8-year-old African-American girl selling water
  1. Captain Obvious on

    “Ettel denied her action was racially motivated, telling NBC-TV’s “Today” show she called authorities because she was bothered by the “disruption” and was seeking clarity on whether the girl could legally sell the water”.

    Oh sorry Allison. There’s no chance you will have an opportunity to add any context to this racially motivated “article”. The only people making this an issue about race are the people who write these narratives. MBDaily just lost another paying customer for their race baiting.

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  2. Patricia Rothchild on

    That was a life-changing mistake, as it should be. This sort of behavior is unwelcome anywhere. In the cannabis industry, it’s a career ender. Bye-bye, stupid, mean white lady. You’re not welcome here. Take note!

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  3. Kayes on

    Time to stand up to people like #permitpatty while she is enjoying the benefits of a business that needs a lot of support and activism.

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  4. Jeff on

    It sounds like she really stepped in the s**t, but, does this city actually require permits to resell bottled water?!? I see this thing of selling water at traffic lights and think it can be dangerous when the light changes and people are in traffic getting money from motorists.

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  5. SuperZoo - Furlocity on

    So this women has nothing better to do than report an 8-year-old black girl whom is exhibiting a true entrepreneur spirit and is motivated to start a small business and make some money. It is especially sad that Alison, the women who made the call and is in the cannabis business doesn’t recognize or applaud the efforts of the 8 year old girl. I’m sure the loss of business that TreatWell (how ironic is that name) is experiencing will be a lesson to its owner and maybe the next time she will learn how to “Treat People Well”.

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  6. Concerned citizen on

    Wow, what a bunch of judgmental comments based on zero proof! “stupid, mean white lady”? “disgrace”? Do any of you know the woman in question? Has she ever exhibited any racist qualities? How is this incident an example of “racism”? Truth be told, reselling water bottles in public IS illegal without a permit. It is a public health and safety issue.
    Why isn’t anyone criticizing the mom? Why does she have an 8-year-old engaging in an illegal activity? She is the one who should be facing public scorn.

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    • George Bianchini on

      ”Why isn’t anyone criticizing the mom? Why does she have an 8-year-old engaging in an illegal activity? She is the one who should be facing public scorn”.

      You calling yourself a concerned citizen is about as scary as Comrade Trump being a two term president! Other than Erin Austin admitting to the event, what proof do you need that she was at least for that episode, A STUPID MEAN RACIST WHITE LADY! I hope this clears up any confusion.

      Please don’t take my Trump comments too seriously, He seems to be conflicted about whether he is a Comrade or a Nazi. I’m going to buy him a copy of the constitution for Xmass, as he’s clearly unaware of how things work here. I hope he doesn’t put my grandkids in a cage for saying Xmass!

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    • Leah on

      The comments are based on her actions. She changed her story from being upset that the little girl was selling water without a permit to – she was too loud, she was screaming and I couldn’t work. Which is it? And who cares if the little girl is selling water without a permit. She was 8 years old! She could have been selling lemonade – or is that illegal now too? My issue is – why did she feel it was her duty to call the police? Why did she feel this was her business? I love how people try and put themselves out there as caring, compassionate people and then do crappy things like this – TO A CHILD! If she had a problem, she should have talked to the mother. #permitpatty was trying to cause trouble for an 8 year old and it backfired.

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    • G Ras on

      Illegal activity? The little girl is just trying to sell water to save up for a trip to Disney land.. would you rather she went and stole it? Her mom lost her job… sounds like she’s doing the best thing she knows to do. She’s an entrepreneur if you ask me. The woman in question is gonna feel the pain on this one. The whole community is coming out and shutting her down. That’s going to be the worst mistake of her life. Maybe you all grew up I. Wealthy families and don’t know about the struggle. Some stupid rules are made to be broken. Like the illegality of selling bottled water. No different than selling lemondae on the corner. And you kind of sound like a dummy with your comment.

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  7. Chris on

    Like I have always said to my children and anyone who cares to listen, rule #1 there are no rules only choices and consequences. The game always is to discern what the consequence will be for the choices we make. Ms Ettel is finding this out first hand. It is curious to me why so many are so concerned with what others are doing and feel compelled to intervene it situations that don’t effect them nor are they threatened by. Live and let live people, focus on your own life and actions, and it is my perception that you will be much happier and we will have a more tolerant society.

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  8. Don on

    I buy sealed bottled water all the time. i dont care if they bought a permit or not. 8 yr old trying to make a buck is very cool… Live and let live.. Would you like to see a homeless 8 yr old girl doing that?? would you want her to buy a permit or beg for dollars? Open your heart. Millions of hurting people out there. UMMMM who is judging??

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