Fountain-falling texter: 'I'll sue'

Jan. 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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WYOMISSING, Pa., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman whose fall into a mall fountain while texting went viral on YouTube said Thursday she's considering suing.

"I didn't get an apology, what I got was, 'At least nobody knows it was you.' But I knew it was me," Cathy Cruz Marrero, 49, said Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Marrero's attorney, James Polyak, said he wants to know the identities of the security personnel at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing responsible for making the video public, as nearly 2 million people have watched his client stumble obliviously into the fountain.

"I was like, 'I'm hoping nobody saw me. So let me just walk away,'" Marrero said, adding a word of advice to the digitally obsessed: "Do not text and walk. … The fountain could have been empty. ... I could have walked into a bus, you know. ... I could have got hit by a car. It can happen anywhere ... anywhere."

Marrero has her own legal problems, having been charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property in October 2009. Her next court date is April 21, where she likely will be sentenced to six months of house arrest and electronic monitoring for allegedly using a co-worker's credit cards to purchase jewelry worth thousands of dollars without authorization, ABC said.

Marrero also has four convictions for retail theft in the late 1990s and was convicted of a hit-and-run in 2009.

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