Allison Ettel, 44, from San Francisco, claims she was pretending to call the police on the child who she accused of “illegally selling” the drinks.
After footage showing her hiding behind a wall while on the phone went viral, Allison says trolls have threatened her life and vowed to sexually assault her.
Speaking with the SFGate, she said: “It was wrong, and I wish I could take it back.
“Believe me, I wish I never had done that.”
Allison also insists that the incident had nothing to do with race, after critics accused her of racism because the eight-year-old is African American.
She told HuffPost the incident left her feeling “horrible and heart-wrenched" while claiming it began because the girl’s mother was “screaming.”
Allison, who runs TreatWell a company which sells medicinal cannabis for cats and dogs, asked the building’s security to intervene, but said they could do nothing.
“They were screaming about what they were selling,” she said.
“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.”
The incident happened before a baseball game in San Franfranciso's AT&T Park yesterday.
A young girl had brought a cooler full of refreshments and was announcing "cold water for two dollars" to passersby ahead of the sporting event.
Her mother was accompanying the youngster when they noticed a blonde woman 'reporting them to authorities'.
"So my little cousin was selling water and didn't have a permit so this lady decided to call the cops on an eight-year-old," wrote Twitter user Raj alongside a video of the confrontation.
Raj refers to Allison and #PermitPatty in the tweet.
The 44-year-old is seen pacing on the phone and ducks behind a wall when she spots the camera on her.
In the video the girl's mother claims she is calling the police, although this hasn't been confirmed.
When the camera catches up with Allison, she can be heard saying "yeah, illegally selling water without a permit".
Then speaking to the woman filming, she adds "it's not your property" and walks away.
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