The most recent iteration of this trend is laid out in the viral video of a grown white woman calling the cops on an 8-year-old selling bottled water. Here's everything you need to know about the events that transpired.
"She calling police on a 8-year-old little girl".
"An 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she's lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the police", Austin she said in the video's caption. She said she wants to support the young girl and said the incident had to do with her mother and the level of noise.
Another one simply said: '#PermitPatty you should be ashamed'.
The white woman then stands up and says the little girl is "illegally selling water without a permit". Naturally, immediate comparisons (and memes) sprung up.
"I had been putting up with this for hours, and I just snapped", Ettel said. Celebrities also weighed in, calling out Ettel for being racist and having the gall to call law enforcement on a child.
Newsweek has contacted the Twitter user who uploaded the video for comment.
When Ettel began calling the police, Austin said she pulled out her phone to video. Upon seeing the viral footage of the phone call, however, the director of the film has announced that Ettel will be no longer involved with the project and "all content that remotely promotes her or her business" will be removed.
She also said the police never showed up and she will be pursuing harassment charges against the woman. "It was literally nonstop". It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice, it was screaming ... "If we allowed anyone to do whatever they wished, then what (sic) would lead to a slippery slope and would be an attack to our democracy".
"It was stupid. I completely regret that I handled that so poorly".
Austin confronted the woman and recorded the interaction on her phone. That was a mistake, a complete mistake.
The woman tells the person filming the girl doesn't have a permit to sell the water.