'Permit Patty' Alison Ettel resigns from California cannabis company after backlash
The embattled CEO of a marijuana company who was caught on video threatening to call cops on an 8-year-old girl selling water has stepped down as CEO.
Alison Ettel, who has been ridiculed as "Permit Patty" online, resigned from Treatwell Health, a spokesperson said Tuesday.
"Our sole focus, as a company is to enrich, heal, and preserve the 1000’s of lives of those patients in need," the California company wrote in a statement. "We do not seek forgiveness for the act, rather we accept the fact that a very poor decision was made."
The company added that it is Ettel's wish that employees and patients should not suffer "because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment."
At least six businesses cut ties with the cannabis company after Ettel's confrontation with the girl and her mother in San Francisco on Friday. Video of the incident has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on Instagram.
A remorseful Ettel has said she was only pretending to call the police, and added that the girl and her mother were "screaming about what they were selling," according to HuffPost.
She has denied there was a "racial component" to the incident, which involved a nonwhite child. The company said in the statement that "we respect all people of color, race, creed, ethnic diversity and we are a zero tolerance, all-inclusive compliant business."
The company also praised Ettel as "an incredible asset" for TreatWell.
"The founding principles in providing the highest-quality cannabis products and for the passion of patient care, has not changed," the company said.