Warning: Texting While Walking May Result In Humiliation

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Sometimes you simply cannot control the situation.  It is in those situations that people must rush to help you.  In the case of Cathy Marrero, mall security should have ran to her aid as she ignorantly fell into a fountain while texting!

Marrero, a mall worker, was walking mindlessly in a Pennsylvania mall when she suddenly found herself immersed in water in a mall fountain.  It was all caught on video too!  Mall security officers actually got a lot of laughs out of the replays of the recorded incident.  One of them took a copy of the video to YouTube for millions of other people to enjoy it as well.

Watch the so-called “splash heard ’round the world”:

Apparently Marrero did not appreciate the video going viral on the internet.  Now instead of being embarrassed locally, the whole world is now able to watch and laugh at her with the click of a button.  That has her a bit peeved.  From The Blaze:

As we’ve previously reported, a Pennsylvania woman who mindlessly wandered into a mall fountain while concentrating on composing a text message has hired legal counsel and launched a public awareness campaign warning people of the dangers of texting and walking. Cathy Cruz Marrero, a Reading, Penn., resident, has also publicly criticized the mall and its security for not coming to her aid following her fall…

Marrero is now considering taking legal action against the Berkshire mall after its employees used a cell phone camera to post the admittedly hilarious video on the internet…

“What we want is an apology,” he said. “We also want to know what happened, how it happened and who is responsible and then we’ll go from there.”

Reportedly, the mall’s security contractor fired the guard that was responsible for releasing the video.  That does not seem to be enough for Marrero though.  Others are beginning to question her motives.

According to the Reading Eagle, Marrero was in Berks County Court after her Good Morning America appearance for a status hearing on theft-by-deception and related charges.  In October 2009, she was charged for using a co-worker’s credit cards to make more than $5,000 in purchases at two local  stores.  According to police, Marrero changed the billing address on at least one of the cards so her co-worker would not receive the monthly bills and find out about the purchases.

In addition, she has had several retail theft charges and a hit-and-run charge on her record.  She currently owes more than $4,000 in restitution and is hoping to avoid jail time.

There is no doubt in my mind that the release of the video to the public by the security guard was wrong.  If any laws were broken in that regard I would have to say that Marrero has a right to pursue legal action.  However, being in complete control of her own actions she is absolutely responsible for her fountain spill.  It is not the mall’s responsibility to make sure people pay attention where they are walking nor is it the security guards’ responsibility to hand you a warm, dry towel after you fall into a fountain.  A courtesy visit by one of the guards would have nice though.

Nevertheless, maybe we will soon see label on the back of our cell phones warning us about the dangers of texting while walking.  Manholes have been known to take unsuspecting victims as well!