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Fountain Lady: 'Nobody Went to My Aid' (another senseless lawsuit)
yahoo ^ | 1/20/11

Posted on 01/20/2011 1:29:38 PM PST by squidward

Cathy Cruz Marrero ponders lawsuit after video of her fountain fall goes viral.

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TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: fall; mall

1 posted on 01/20/2011 1:29:43 PM PST by squidward
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To: squidward

I rarely post topics, so I hope I did everything according to the rules.


2 posted on 01/20/2011 1:31:09 PM PST by squidward
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To: squidward

Aid for what? Looks to me like she climbed out of that fountain just fine by herself.

Suing because your EMBARRASSED is idiotic and will fail.....like she FAILED by not being able to walk and text without falling into a fountain ....lmao idiot. =.=


3 posted on 01/20/2011 1:33:33 PM PST by cranked
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To: squidward
I rarely post topics, so I hope I did everything according to the rules.

It's been posted multiple times, if that's what you're asking.

4 posted on 01/20/2011 1:33:33 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: squidward

Good post. Sleezy lawyer, dumb twat.


5 posted on 01/20/2011 1:36:29 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.http://ma)
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To: squidward

I saw that video. It was pretty funny. Seems to me, if I was texting and fell in the drink, I’d want people to do just what they did: walk on by and pretend nothing happened. Plus, if she hadn’t identified herself, who would have known? All we saw was a silly texter taking a header into the fountain. We would never have known her identity if she had let it go at that.


6 posted on 01/20/2011 1:38:01 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: squidward

You can’t FIX STUPID!


7 posted on 01/20/2011 1:38:08 PM PST by Circle_Hook
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To: Leisler

She should be fined for bringing a frivolous law suit.

When do people start taking responsibility for their own stupidity and stop believing they are entitled to rewards for being stupid?


8 posted on 01/20/2011 1:38:45 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: squidward

It is impossible to completely plan and protect against stupidity. Two facts jump out here: (1) it is apparent from the video that she needed no aid, and (2) the mall security that released the video did not cause her any public humiliation whatsoever because she is absolutely unidentifiable in the video. Any pain, suffering or public humiliation that she endures was self inflicted by her going public of her volition. Let us not get stuck on stupid here.


9 posted on 01/20/2011 1:40:01 PM PST by Saltmeat
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To: squidward

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=fountain


10 posted on 01/20/2011 1:40:17 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: squidward
Fountain-Falling Texter in Court Today for Alleged Theft
11 posted on 01/20/2011 1:42:22 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: squidward
According to this ABC Report she is facing charges and possible house arrest for misusing another person's credit card.
12 posted on 01/20/2011 1:42:34 PM PST by longjack
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To: squidward

I always have an expectation of privacy when I’m in the mall. Doesn’t everyone?


13 posted on 01/20/2011 1:43:12 PM PST by SmithL
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To: squidward

Where would ambulance chasers be without morons.


14 posted on 01/20/2011 1:43:43 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: evets

I love the Internet/FR.


15 posted on 01/20/2011 1:43:57 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.http://ma)
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To: squidward

I am tired of all this the lady is lieing that was me dressed up as a woman so if there is any money made it should all go to me. I was so emabarrassed I could not come forward till now.
What the heck I watched it you can not tell it is her so I am counter claiming it was me!


16 posted on 01/20/2011 1:56:08 PM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: squidward

Everyone was probably rolling on the floor laughing. How could she possibly expect any one of them to help her?


17 posted on 01/20/2011 1:56:38 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: squidward

This will lead to a new law requiring all fountains to have warning labels.


18 posted on 01/20/2011 1:57:27 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Circle_Hook

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”
John Wayne quotes


19 posted on 01/20/2011 1:58:51 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: squidward

She needs to sue the manufacturer of her device if she wants deep pockets.


20 posted on 01/20/2011 2:00:36 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Saltmeat

there is no duty to help her.


21 posted on 01/20/2011 2:03:19 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longjack

She needs the slammer.


22 posted on 01/20/2011 2:04:18 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I did a search using the words mall fall and only got the initial story from several days ago. My bad!


23 posted on 01/20/2011 2:06:06 PM PST by squidward
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To: sodpoodle

The lawyer should have to be EQUALLY responsible if he actually files this. In fact the local bar should examine him for sanctions if this is filed or even used for extortion. This is trial by tv.


24 posted on 01/20/2011 2:09:06 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: squidward
Looked like the dumbazz hightailed it out of the fountain just fine. I don't think anyone would have had time to come and help her anyways. What is this country coming to?
25 posted on 01/20/2011 2:11:39 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: cranked

Well, she looks like a real mouth-breather when you see her close up. She should just have shut up and avoided scrutiny for her stupidity. But can we spell trial lawyer, children?


26 posted on 01/20/2011 2:16:13 PM PST by livius
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To: squidward

They should sue her for messing up the fountain and creating a wet hazard after she got out, then.


27 posted on 01/20/2011 2:17:25 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: longtermmemmory
there is no duty to help her.

She wasn't in there long enough to have anyone help her.

I hope her Text-message went through - it must have been important.../s

28 posted on 01/20/2011 2:19:05 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Saltmeat

This woman worked for the security department in the mall. I believe she is suing her bosses for releasing the video and not running to her aid.


29 posted on 01/20/2011 2:19:29 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: squidward

On lookers don’t provide BRAIN transplants. But they do have great phones.:-)


30 posted on 01/20/2011 2:23:20 PM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: squidward
Cathy Cruz Marrero ponders lawsuit after video of her fountain fall goes viral.

Ponders HA! Pond....ponders - nice use of wording at Yahoo!

31 posted on 01/20/2011 2:24:38 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: squidward

‘Nobody’ came to her aid. Is she suing, then, ‘Anybody.’?

Reminds me of Odysseus and the Cyclops.


32 posted on 01/20/2011 2:36:20 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: squidward
Her lawyer, James Polyak, ... requesting an explanation on why this happened and how it happened.

"Your client is an idiot." Case closed.

33 posted on 01/20/2011 2:37:26 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: squidward

SCAMMER!


34 posted on 01/20/2011 2:46:34 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: squidward

It’s totally her fault. She wasn’t paying attention.


35 posted on 01/20/2011 3:26:46 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: squidward
She is in big trouble with the law. That woman.

The Reading woman who became an Internet sensation by falling into a fountain while sending a text on her cell phone was in Berks County Court on Thursday for a status hearing on theft-by-deception and related charges.

Cathy A. Cruz Marrero, 49, was charged in October 2009 for using a co-worker's credit cards to make more than $5,000 in purchases at two local stores.

But $1,055 of those purchases were dismissed from the case in previous hearings.

She also has several theft cases and a hit-and-run charge on her record.

Her appearance Thursday before Judge Peter W. Schmehl was shortly after she and her Reading attorney in the Berkshire Mall case, James M. Polyak, went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to talk about the fall into the fountain.

Her Reading attorney in the theft case, Douglas J. Waltman, said Marrero has applied for intermediate punishment, which can include restitution.

The case is pending.

He declined further comment.

Polyak said the theft charges have nothing to do with the mall case.

"Her prior personal affairs have nothing to do with what happened to her at the Berkshire Mall and the video that has been posted," Polyak said.

Polyak said he's also confused by those posting on websites accusing Marrero of staging the accident and seeking money.

"For that to be true, she would have had to known this was going to be posted to YouTube," he said.

He also noted that nothing has been filed in county court on her behalf.

"What we want is an apology," he said. "We also want to know what happened, how it happened and who is responsible and then we'll go from there."

The security contractor for the mall released a statement Thursday saying it has fired a security guard responsible for releasing the video.

When reached by phone, Marrero acknowledged she was in court Thursday morning.

Speaking to someone who was apparently nearby, she said, "The reporter got my court papers."

"But I have to talk to Jim (Polyak) before I talk to anybody," she added.

She declined further comment.

She has been free on $7,500 bail since she was charged.

Intermediate punishment is an alternative to jail, said Assistant District Attorney Melissa J. Noyes, the prosecutor in the case.

"She would otherwise potentially be looking at going to jail under the guidelines for sentencing," Noyes said.

During the intermediate punishment process, Marrero must submit urine samples twice a week and check in regularly with court officials, Noyes said.

"This is like practice probation," she said.

The program also includes counseling for substance abuse if needed, but that is not required in Marrero's case, Noyes said.

"She is still on track to enter a guilty plea at some point down the road, assuming she complies with all the conditions," Noyes said. "She's looking for house arrest instead of going to jail."

Marrero owes $4,177 in restitution, Noyes said.

"As part of alternative sentencing, we normally ask you to pay half of restitution as a good faith showing," Noyes said. "She hasn't done that at this point. She asked the judge for more time and opportunity to come up with the money."

Her next court date is April 21.

"We'd like to see sentencing happen then," Noyes said.

Marrero is likely facing about six months of house arrest and electronic monitoring.

According to court documents, Marrero has convictions for retail theft four times and one other theft in New York from 1997 to 1999 and retail theft in York County in 1999.

She also served a year of probation after being convicted of a hit-and-run charge in Berks County in 2009.

According to court records:

The hit-and-run case stemmed from an accident April 23, 2009, in the 900 block of Perry Street.

She ran a stop sign and struck a car, which then hit three parked cars. Two of the damaged cars had to be towed.

Cruz, who was driving with a learner's permit, told police she panicked and drove off.

She was charged with careless driving and related charges and sentenced by Judge Thomas Parisi to one year of probation.

In the most recent theft case, according to Berks court records:

Ileana Rivera of Reading, who worked at the Zales jewelry store in the Fairgrounds Square Mall with Marrero, went to Muhlenberg Township police in October 2009 to report that Marrero had used Rivera's credit cards without Rivera's permission.

Marrero made $4,177 in purchases at Zales and $1,055 in purchases at Target in Spring Township using Rivera's cards for those stores.

The transactions occurred around the time of August 2007.

Rivera admitted she at one time had permitted Marrero to use her Target credit card to make a small purchase but did not give her permission to make other purchases.

Criminal charges regarding the $1,055 purchases at Target were dismissed in previous hearings.

In August 2007, Rivera noticed she hadn't received her Zales credit card bill and, after checking with Zales customer service, found that her address on the account was changed to that of Marrero's in the 400 block of Bingaman Court.

The same thing occurred with Rivera's Target card.

"Cruz (Marrero) changed the addresses on the accounts so that the bills would come to her and Rivera would not know about them," police said in court documents.

Marrero promised Rivera from August 2007 to September 2009 that she would make payments to Rivera, but Marrero did not.

Rivera had to make the payments to maintain her credit status.

Marrero has been the focus of worldwide publicity over the last week since videos were posted to YouTube and Facebook of her tumbling into a fountain at the Berkshire Mall while she was sending a text message on her cell phone.

Marrero, who works in a store at the Wyomissing mall, said she hired Polyak and came forward publicly to highlight the dangers of texting while walking, privacy issues and security problems at the mall.

Mall officials have not returned calls seeking comment.

The fall on Jan. 12 was caught on security camera video and was posted to YouTube.

Marrero has complained that security laughed about her accident instead of checking on her well-being.


36 posted on 01/20/2011 3:46:33 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Daffynition

Learner’s permit at her age? Hmmmm...


37 posted on 01/20/2011 3:54:43 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?
She seems to excel at *FAIL* in her life.


38 posted on 01/20/2011 5:29:40 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Lees Swrd
I am tired of all this the lady is lieing that was me dressed up as a woman

Don't be so fast, there's additional video of you/her entering a dressing room with some guy..........Hmmmmmmmm

39 posted on 01/20/2011 5:34:54 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Lmao yeah didnt think of that, anyway how do they know that is actually her in the video I think she just saw the video on the net and saw an easy way to make money no way you can prove it is actually her in the video .


40 posted on 01/21/2011 9:16:42 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Leisler

She’s another half-wit who thinks there should be someone THERE all her life long to hold her hand.... and save her from her own stupidity!!!


41 posted on 01/21/2011 12:11:03 PM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: SMARTY
She's got a reason to have that ....thought..impulse. It's the daily message of the welfare plantation state.
42 posted on 01/21/2011 12:31:18 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.http://ma)
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To: squidward

I’d like to be the first to thank fountain lady for her part in stimulating our economy through new job creation.

All malls will now have to hire “fountain guards” to patrol the perimeter off all fountains to keep stupid idiots who aren’t paying attention to where they are walking, because they make the conscious choice to text and walk at the same time, from falling into the fountains. Probably will need several to keep all sides of the fountain protected at all times.

That will be more jobs than BO’s created.


43 posted on 01/21/2011 1:01:04 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Daffynition
"We also want to know what happened, how it happened and who is responsible and then we'll go from there."

The rest of the world already knows the answers to that stupid statement......and she's hired you to find out??????

44 posted on 01/21/2011 1:37:26 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I think you passed Law School 101...remember in 3rd grade, you had to write a narrative that contained: *who* *what* *where* *when* *why*?


45 posted on 01/21/2011 2:59:35 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

That’s just funny.

Q: What happened?
A: Your impaired WWT (walking while texting) client fell into a large, visible fountain at the mall.

Q: How did it happen?
A: Because she is either stupid, did it on purpose, or likely both.

Q: Who is responsible?
A: Your client.

Q: Where do we go from here?
A: We don’t care. Just go.


46 posted on 01/22/2011 8:00:04 PM PST by GnuHere
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