Her reason: because the eight-year-old black girl was selling bottles of water in front of her apartment building.
Without a permit.
Now, the woman is going viral under the hastag #PermitPatty.
The video, posted by ladyesowavy on Instagram, shows Ettel on the phone attempting to hide from the girl's mother who began recording and narrating what was happening.
"This woman don’t want a little girl to sell some water, she’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl," she says as the woman attempts to hide behind a brick wall away from the camera's view while making the call to 911.
"Don't hide. The whole world is gonna see you, boo," the woman says.
Meanwhile, while trying to hide, Ettel angrily jumps up and continues making a report to the police about the girl selling water.
"Illegally selling water without a permit," the woman says talking to dispatch.
"On my property," the mother of the girl replies.
"It's not your property, hon" the woman says with an angry expression on her face.
The video, which is only about 15 seconds long, then ends.
Another woman, Michelle Dione, posted about the video on Twitter with a clip of the girl added in, along with a few of her own choice words.
"From @ ladyesowavy instagram post. San Francisco has
#PermitPatty WTF is wrong with you hiding like that. You want to be an “obey the law” authoritarian be proud of your need to control others," she writes.
"Guess kids these days can’t sell candy, water or lemonade anymore. Sad days."
Since the video began going viral, the personal Facebook and Twitter pages of Allison Ettel have gone inactive.