Woman falls in fountain while texting (VIDEO)

Cathy Cruz Marrero, the woman who fell into a mall fountain while texting, was in court facing charges of using a coworker's charge card.
Friday, January 21, 2011; 11:04 AM

AP reports on one of the latest viral videos:

A clip posted on YouTube last week of a woman who fell into a fountain while walking and texting at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Pa., near Reading, has been seen by more than 3 million people. The Pennsylvania woman, Cathy Cruz Marrero, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday with a lawyer and said they're looking into who was responsible for spreading the video. What was so important that she had to text right away? Someone she knew from church had e-mailed to ask when was Marrero's birthday.

It could be the permanent state of things; smart phone use is growing fast. The Nielsen Co. said that 95 percent of American adults have cell phones. Nearly a third of those are smart phones.

Alexandra Petri offers a little levity to the texting episode and includes a copy of the video:

So I sympathize with the woman.

I am a cell phone person.

Some people are cat people. Some people are dog people. I like cell phones. Sure, your dog wakes you up by licking your face aggressively. But can he play an eight-second clip of "Grenade" by Bruno Mars on loop until your neighbors come and physically drag you out of bed?

My phone does.

Your cat is cute when it lands on its feet. But does your cat disintegrate whenever you drop it, causing its battery and memory card to pop out and skitter across the floor of the subway car?

My phone does.

Your puppy greets you with love whenever you come home. But has it ever begun ringing loudly and embarrassingly in the middle of an important meeting, revealing to everyone that your ringtone sounds like this?

I think we know the answer to that.

But it's not just me.

One of the overwhelming fears that comes with the human condition is the worry that everyone else is off without you having a good time. Cell phones allay this fear by allowing us to text everyone constantly demanding where they are and whether or not they are thinking of you. Text messages are the ideal format for this: all the reassurance that someone is thinking of you, with none of the inconvenience of having to actually talk to the person. We don't actually like talking. We just don't want to be left out if people are "doing things."

Melissa Bell covers the aftermath:

Last week, a video made the circuits of a woman making the all-too-common mistake of texting and walking. She just happened to be walking right in the path of a mall fountain. "I saw the water coming at me, I could see the pennies and nickels at the bottom of the fountain and then I was in it," Cathy Cruz Marrero told the Reading Eagle. Soaked and shaken, she gets out hoping that no one saw her.

Well, the security cameras in the mall did, and the guards played it over and over, much to the amusement of their friends, who recorded the whole thing, uploaded it to YouTube and introduced the world to Fountain Lady. Marrero, of course, wants the whole thing to go away, so she did what anyone would do to squash a viral video: She made the morning television rounds with a lawyer who said they would be investigating the incident and might consider suing the mall.

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