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Texting woman who fell into a fountain is dropping her lawsuit against the mall

Posted: , by John V.

Texting woman who fell into a fountain is dropping her lawsuit against the mall
It was only last week when we reported on one woman's peril in a mall after she accidentally fell into a fountain while walking and texting. The video itself was caught by mall security, but was apparently shown off to others and eventually made its way onto the web. In that short period, the video went viral and the woman who experienced the unfortunate event, 46-year old Cathy Marrero, went on to pursue legal action against the mall.

She soon hired an attorney after finding out that the video hit the web and was experiencing a massive influx of exposure to show off the perils of texting while walking. Granted that she did chuckle about it and said that the video was in itself funny, she was more taken back by how the video was shown off to other people and finally uploaded to the web. Later, she decided to take legal action against the mall citing security concerns and privacy – while raising awareness about the potential consequences of texting. In fact, she even learned her lesson after the incident and said, “Do not text and walk.”

Soon after she took her story to the press, it was later found that she had a long criminal record that dates back to the 90s for various things. More recently however, she was convicted in October 2009 for stealing a co-worker's credit card and making purchases that totaled $5,000. The offenses doesn't stop there because Marrero also has several theft cases on her record as well as a hit-and-run charge.

Once that was out and in the open, Marrero quickly decided to drop the lawsuit she was pursuing against the mall. Finally, the security guard that posted the video was quickly fired from his position. Despite the uncovering of Marrero's past, this whole entire experience just goes to show the consequences while texting on a cell phone.

via Yahoo, Consumerist, & Reading Eagle

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posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:46 1

1. Shafeer (Posts: 79; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Some people get overwhelmed...

Imagine this happening in a vehicle...

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:47 3

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

good! Imagine if she would have won this lawsuit, we would end up seeing a LOT less Youtube clips of funny stuff like this.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:55 4

3. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)

LMAO!!! Wow. Karma is a bitch. She learned that the hard way.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:57 4

4. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

The security guard was fired. Good for the mall. While the video is funny the security guard shouldnt have released it. Wondering if hes laughing now.LOL

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 19:33

16. fishpower187 (Posts: 88; Member since: 22 Feb 2010)

i agree man. The securty guard obvioulsy did somehting he or she should not have in releasing a private security tape to the public. Granted, it was funny, but the guard needlessly exposed the mall to civil litigation. It's actually fortunate that this got dropped, otherwise in the event that damages were awarded to this shitbag, the mall would certainly go after the guard in effort to recoup those damages. Im just sayin...

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 00:13

17. David A (unregistered)

he probably is still laughing. it was a minimum wage security job he can get another... or u know go work for Verizon and think he is king of the phone blogs

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:57 3

5. Syksyd (Posts: 58; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


posted on 21 Jan 2011, 14:37 3

6. JohnnyBoy (unregistered)

Anyone else thinks that maybe she did all this on purpose ? That's what popped in my head after reading about her criminal record...

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 15:06 1

7. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

@ 46 year old still act immature..now very body knows she a big time theft

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 21:50 1

10. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

So she is a criminal... a really dumb and awkward criminal. Thanks for giving texting a bad name.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 23:26

11. komelo (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)

I wonder what kind of phone was she using? Or maybe she did that on purpose?

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 05:19 2

12. ryq (unregistered)

no one knew who she was until she came out! what an idiot!

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 16:02 1

14. nTm (unregistered)

She should be PUSHED into a fountain for filing a suit againts the mall LOL. the security guard should not have been fired...how many other viral videos are posted by employees of companies that dont get fired...COME ON !!! Oh and one more thing, how many times does this chick need to FAIL before she gets the picture. life has winners and life has losers, CATHY MARRERO YOU ARE A LOSER...

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 16:05 1

15. nTm (unregistered)

watch the video one more time...no one even acknowledges that she went lil mermaid in the middle of the mall!! Another reason you fail dumb ass :)

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 15:21

18. jherz6 (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 May 2008)

This woman was a real idiot for filing t lawsuit in the first place she wasnt paying attention to where she was going.

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