Woman dubbed 'Permit Betty' in viral video speaks out https://t.co/wXploiOolF
— KTVU (@KTVU) July 14, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — This right here goes to show you, “wypipo” know what they’re doing when calling cops on P.O.C. And it seems like the only way they’ll stop is if their financial livelihoods are threatened.
Earlier this week, another woman went viral once a man spotted her allegedly calling police on a local vendor, on Market Street. The cameraman’s name is Derrick Perryman, and ever since he uploaded the footage, she’s been out of a job.
During the video, Perryman called the woman — Rene Baker-Folena — “Permit Betty,” an addition to the already-trending “Permit Patty.”
If you haven’t seen the video, it’s located below.
As you can see, she quickly realized the situation in which she placed herself. However, by then, the damage was done.
According to KTVU-2, Baker-Folena worked for a company called Streetplus. The company is in contract with Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD).
Well, word must’ve spread pretty quickly; before she knew she was a viral sensation, the company was already parting ways with the woman.
Reportedly, “Streetplus provides cleaning and hospitality services to downtown business districts across the country in an effort to make areas safer,” as notes KTVU.
Baker-Folena said part of her job was to dispatch people, called “community guides,” to deal with drug use, homeless issues, and help vendors obtain one-day permits to sell on the street.
The woman says she wasn’t calling police, but instead one of her “community guides” to “help” the woman.
But did it really sound like that in the video?
The source interviewed the woman, and she gave her side of the situation.
“He didn’t know what I was saying on the phone,” Baker-Folena said. “So he hears ‘permit’ and the next thing I know he’s assuming I’m being mean to her.”
“I was trying to help her. I never told her she had to leave. I never said, ‘You can’t sell here.’ I was on the phone with one of the community guides to come and assist her.”
She says that, on Friday, July 13, she receive a text from Streetplus management stating she was being suspended for talking to the media. She’s been terminated by Streetplus and is no longer contracted to work the YBCBD.
“I don’t think I said anything that hurt either companies,” Baker-Folena told the source. “I was asked questions. I answered them on my lunch.”
Steve Hillard, President of Streetplus, sent KTVU a response regarding Baker-Folena’s termination. A statement reads, “Company practice prohibits Streetplus from discussing personnel matters with anyone outside of the company.”
Likewise, a spokesman for the YBCBD also released the following statement via Facebook:
“An employee of a service provider misrepresented the YBCBD on Wednesday. That individual no longer works on behalf of the district. This individual was not a direct employee of the YBCBD. However, we take responsibility for anyone who works on our behalf. Everyone associated with the YBCBD is expected to follow our policies and adhere to our values of inclusivity and of treating people with compassion, respect and dignity.”
However, according to the woman, she thinks the real reason for her suspension is the video and the backlash she’s now receiving.
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