What would you tell this lady?
January 20, 2011 9:12am CST
She tripped and fell into a shopping mall pool in Redding, PA. She's threatening to sue because people caught her act on cell phones and sent it immediately to the Internet. She gave folks a good laugh and dollars to donuts, had she not put herself on national television, no one could ever put a face to that stupidity. Certainly, from the pictures shown, her face wasn't visible. Should she get over it? Was it her fault? Should she be aware that someone is always watching for the perfect personal gaff to send to the world of computers? Does she have a reasonable law suit in the works? She said she was texting a fellow church member. One would have expected Divine intervention, but again, maybe the good Lord occasionally needs a laugh, too. I can almost hear Saint Peter "Oh, God, you've gotta see this one!"
• United States
20 Jan 11
I don't think people have the right to record a stranger and then post that on the internet. What's next? People recording your children while you're walking through the mall and posting it online? Say your teenage daughter is at the mall and she meets up with her boyfriend...they kiss and a stranger records it and posts it online...is that ok? People think recording a woman falling into a pool is innocent, but by accepting it they are opening the door to much more.
• United States
20 Jan 11
I agree that putting anonymous photos up online is no fun for the person photographed. But I also think this woman was asking for trouble. She wasn't just in the mall; she works there, so she knew there was a pool in that location. To be so busy texting that you have no clue how close you are to disaster is a foolish thing that too many of us are doing these days. I don't even answer my cell phone unless I am standing in one place. To have her head down and her attention so concentrated on texting was foolish to the extreme. To not realize that EVERYONE is at risk these days of appearing on YouTube or FaceBook, or some other such site, is also asking for trouble. If a person is paying attention to what they are doing and where they are going, this is not likely to happen. Taking pictures of kids is reprehensible - no matter what the reason. But adults should be responsible enough to act responsibly. She did nothing to insure not being the brunt of an Internet joke. Then again, if those who watch the pics that are a total embarrassment stopped, maybe none of us would have to worry about every person with a cell phone. She laughed when it happened, but when she got her five minutes of fame on television, she wondered what if it had been a senior citizen? My question is what if she had knocked a senior citizen into the pool instead of falling in herself? She would be the one looking at a lawsuit instead of threatening one. I say be grateful she didn't hurt someone else while paying no attention to what her surroundings.