Well, now that woman — Cathy Cruz Marrero — is considering legal action, saying the video, which was seen by more than 2 million people, isn’t funny.
Oh, it’s funny — but more than that, it’s proving the dangers (and possibly humiliation) of texting and walking.
And this doesn’t bode well for me, a chronic text-walker.
A proposal to ban crossing the street while holding a mobile electronic device — cell phone, video game, laptop or even cameras — advanced today, making the bill in the City Council a step closer to final passage.
I’m in so much trouble.
The 2009 law that stopped drivers from texting — and using other electronic devices — was hard enough. Now I won’t be able to browse Google maps or shoot an email while crossing the street. In fact, under Bill 43, I couldn’t even just hold an electronic device, much less use it.
Lawmakers in other states — Arkansas and New York, most recently — are cracking down on distracted pedestrians, too.
But is this really a solution? Should it matter that a pedestrian — namely me — wants to text while crossing the street? And why just crossing the street? That woman who fell into the fountain wouldn’t have been fined. Just publicly humiliated on YouTube. But that’s OK, right?