New viral video shows California woman dubbed ‘Permit Betty’ calling authorities on street vendor

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In yet another viral video making the rounds on social media, a San Francisco woman nicknamed ‘Permit Betty’ can be seen questioning a street vendor over a permit on Market Street.

A video uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday shows the woman, who a number of Facebook users identified as Rene Folena, talking on the phone with someone while standing next to a street vendor.

The man recording the video calls the woman “Permit Betty,” and accuses her of “trying to mess with people just trying to make a living.”




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“Sorry guys, they have to have the permits,” Folena says in the video. “If they’re trying to make a living here you would never be able to walk on the sidewalk.”

The video has been viewed nearly 1 million times on Facebook and has been shared over 22,000 times. The Twitter hashtag #PermitBetty has been used by hundreds of Twitter users over the past two days.


Folena works for Streetplus, a community group that works with the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD).

After the incident, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District stated that Folena “no longer works on behalf of the district.”

“An employee of a service provider misrepresented the YBCBD,” the district wrote on Twitter. “That individual no longer works on behalf of the district. This individual was not a direct employee of the YBCBD and we take responsibility for anyone who works on our behalf.”

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‘Permit Betty’ joins BBQ Becky, Jogger Joe and Permit Patty as the latest Bay Area resident to achieve notoriety for a controversial viral video.

FOLENA DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RESPOND SATURDAY TO A MESSAGE SEEKING COMMENT. THIS ARTICLE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN SHE RESPONDS.






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