Texter Who Fell into Fountain Chagrined over YouTube Video
A woman who stayed so focused on texting as she walked through a mall that she tripped over a low wall and fell headfirst into a fountain is threatening to sue the mall where she took the plunge for releasing the closed-circuit camera footage.
Cathy Cruz Marrero became an overnight YouTube sensation for her laserlike focus on her text, said in an interview with the local Reading Eagle newspaper that she is mortified by the incident at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Penn.
"I don't think security was professional because they didn't send anyone to check on me until 20 minutes later and I had already left," she told the newspaper.
Marrero, who works at the mall, asked mall managers about the video; they said the angle was such that no one could identify her just by watching it.
"It's funny, but you need to see the serious side of it," she told the Eagle. "What if it was a senior citizen? Would it be funny then?"
It's hard to see that it would be a violation of mall-security professionalism not to have gotten to the fountain quickly enough to catch Marrero and check on her.
Her spill into the fountain was clean -- no defensive twists, arms-out breakfalls or collateral damage from hitting her head on the wall or on any submerged plumbing. She went face-first into water deep enough to break her fall but not slow her on the way out.
You could probably make the case that Security was unprofessional in watching the fountain dive again and again, forward, reverse, stop-motion, while goofing on the anonymous woman who took a dip and fled.
And that they posted the video to YouTube.
They didn't do the interview, though, or pose for the picture.
Or walk into a fountain.
"It's been a bad week," she told the Eagle.
By Friday afternoon various versions of the video had been viewed between 2.6 and 3 million times.