The woman has been identified as Alison Ettel. She told Huff Post that her actions had “no racial component to it,” and that her call to the police was pretend. She says the girl and her mother were a disturbance, as she claims, “they were screaming about what they were selling…nonstop…every two seconds.” She admits having asked the building’s security guard to make them stop or quiet down.
“I had been putting up with it for hours and I just snapped,” she told Huff Post. “I have no problem with enterprising young women. I want to support the little girl. It was all about the mother and being quiet,” she said. “I regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her. That was a mistake, a complete mistake. Please don’t make me sound horrible.”