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Saturday, January 22, 2011

UPDATE Mall Texting is Hazardous Girl Tumbles Falls Into Fountain, Pennsylvania WEB VIRAL VIDEO Now she wants to sue

Texting fountain lady's problems bigger than YouTube fame



UPDATE: As Stacy Stutz, some lady I know from Facebook, just said: "It's all fun and games until it goes viral on YouTube" ... and you cry about it on TV and hint at launching a lawsuit, and the Streisand effect kicks in.
"In the hours that followed Cathy Cruz Marrero's appearance on 'Good Morning America' today to talk about the fall and its aftermath, she was in court for a status hearing on charges of five felony counts, including theft by deception and receiving stolen property," reports ABC News.
Turns out Marrero's been out on $7,500 bail since 2009, after being charged with running up more than $5,000 in purchases on a co-worker's credit card. No wonder she had a lawyer handy.  
Marrero's next court date is April 21, and she's facing about six months of house arrest and electronic monitoring, according to the Reading Eagle. So all y'all talking about how if she just shut up and went on with her life, nobody would know it was her in the fountain —maybe six people recognized her — are more right than you realized. While it's unknown how many people knew about her theft charges, we all sure know about it now.
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The latest "viral video" from Pennsylvania shows a woman texting in a mall then tripping into a fountain. 
On Jan. 20th a news report states that she wants to sue the people who posted the YouTube video because  she feels humiliated!!!
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If you ever need to provide proof that texting on your phone is distracting, then use the video above. This girl is walking through a mall while either reading or typing a message. She's so involved that she doesn't notice the fountain behind the low wall she is approaching.


The inevitable happens and the girl ends up in the fountain. Her phone? We suspect it needs replacing, or if she's lucky it will dry out and continue to work.


The whole incident was picked up on security cameras from multiple angles. There is clearly a wall in front of her that on any normal walk would be seen by everyone, but the use of a phone shuts just about everything else out including peripheral vision.


While it's funny to watch her fall into the fountain, this is a very clear example of why texting while driving is being banned in a lot of places. Your attention is focused on the phone and nothing else, and that's why accidents a lot worse then getting wet happen.
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