Fountain Faller Video Raises Interesting Privacy Questions

Cathy Cruz Marrero from Pennsylvania has a message for everyone who incessantly texts while walking -- don't.

"Do not text and walk," she said.

Why is Marrero so passionate about the issue? See for yourself.

That's Marerro taking a header into the fountain at Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Pa., this month. While after the incident, she walks away and saying she hoped that no one saw the embarrassing moment, something else has Marerro fired up as the video hit YouTube and social media, going viral in the process.

Her issue isn't with the fall, but with the alleged leaking of the video by mall security personnel whose voices are well, unwisely, heard laughing and rewinding the incident for office fodder.

Marerro said she is considering suing the mall since the security guards did not come to her aid. An official with Allied Properties, the owner of the mall, said the company was looking into the incident.

While there is no absolute right of privacy in public, and every mall I know of these days has some type of surveillance system, does Marerro have a point in this case? Would you want an embarrassing moment like this posted on the Internet for everyone to see, apparently by the security personnel whose job is to protect the public? Or should Marerro just laugh the fall off and go on with her life?

Posted by Brent Dirks on Jan 20, 2011

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