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Teen was texting when she fell into an open manhole

Posted: , by John V.

Teen was texting when she fell into an open manhole
It goes to show how much of a distraction texting away on a phone can impact our daily lives. Apparently one teenager from Staten Island, Alexa Longueira, unexpectedly found herself down into the depths of a manhole while she was texting on her phone. On top of the putrid smell around her, she suffered some scrapes on her arms and back during the run in. It's just another example of how much of our attention is focused on our handsets and not taking notice to our surroundings. Not to say that it was completely her fault, it was found that workers turned away briefly to go look for some cones. Now the family of the teenager plans to sue for the incident. Her mother goes further to state that texting was not the prime cause of the accident. The only thing that will be missed by the teenager will be one her sneakers that was left behind somewhere in the murky waters of the sewers.

via Gizmodo

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. ralph_denicia (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)

I may not have been there, but I have seen construction/work sites in the city, and I can tell you that despite the lack of cones or workers in the site I wouldn't have fallen on an open manhole unless I was extremely retarded and occupied with txting, LOL... No offense to the parents, just the fact that you want to sue liability for her walking into the open manhole is laughable!

posted on 13 Jul 2009, 05:41

6. exidor (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jun 2009)

the girl is totally to blame. its like walking down the street and getting hit by a car. legally pedestrians have the right of way however if you have ever been hit by a car when walking down the street you will learn that legally the driver is at fault but in the end its your own ass so u better watch out for your self no one else is. now parent will sue and have a legal edsge to stand on but the kid better watch out going forward or she isnt going to loose just a shoe.

posted on 12 Jul 2009, 15:43

2. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)

ok serious question guys, who do you think is stupider: the girl who fell in the frickin manhole cuz she was busy texting... OR the parents who want to sue because their child is retarded? i mean, im a guy. guys cant multitask, but i can walk and text without even bumping into a wall or missing a turn or doing anything wrong besides maybe almost skipping a step on a staircase or something like that. this is just beyond stupid. and then stupider than that is that the parents say its not her fault! like when i read this, i didnt know whether to hysterically laugh my ass off at them, or just repeatedly say wow and slap my forehead. =/

posted on 12 Jul 2009, 22:33

4. neutrality (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)

No matter what you think of the girls intelligence level, laws were broken in this incident. City workers are constantly making careless errors like this, and legally, the parents have every right to sue. Why not get some money out of the situation? They're legally entitled to it. 'Turned away briefly' is certainly an understatement. With my run-ins with city construction, its more like 'went to go smoke a pack of marlboros and could give two sh!ts what happens in the mean time'.

posted on 13 Jul 2009, 15:17

8. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

Come on now... We live in the America, land where everybody sues for everything. This situation is the American dream, someone make a mistake that will allow you to sue and never have to work again. She probably saw the hole and kept walking anyway just to make a buck.

posted on 12 Jul 2009, 18:27

3. livin4acti0n (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 Apr 2009)


posted on 12 Jul 2009, 23:40

5. B_Adams (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 May 2009)

4 words;; D.A.M.F. its a sad situation, but funny as hell. seriously...WTF

posted on 13 Jul 2009, 13:01

7. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)

I think if she had a Razor with a Razor she wouldnt have fallen...

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