Cathy Cruz Marrero was walking through a mall in California when she walked directly into a fountain while texting on her cell phone. She is now threatening to sue the mall claiming that she could have been seriously injured. Marrero is especially unhappy with the security guards who allegedly laughed at her rather than helping her. The security guard who subsequently leaked the video has been fired. The video has received approximately 1.5 million hits on the Internet.
It is interesting to consider, however, whether saving people from themselves part of the mall security’s job description? Or is this simply a case of a woman shunning personal responsibility? Does a mall security guard have any legal obligation to pull someone out of a fountain, or simply an ethical one? The footage does not suggest the woman was seriously injured, and her lawsuit simply claims that she “could have” been seriously injured.
Either way, now that we have all realized the dangers of walking and texting, the mall should really consider fencing off the fountain or putting “no walking & texting” signs around the premises. “Pay attention” and “look before you walk” signs may also be a wise investment.