Woman Threatening To Sue Mall Because Mall Video Captured Her Text-And-Walking Into A Fountain

from the rethink-your-targets dept

Mr. LemurBoy was the first of a whole bunch of you to send in this story of a woman who was trying to walk and text in the mall where she works... and paid so little attention to what was going on around her that she fell face first into a big fountain. As with all such things like that, it's difficult not to at least chuckle a bit when you see that kind of thing, and, indeed the mall security folks found it funny enough to put the clip online, where it went viral. And even though the woman was fine and even though it's impossible to identify her in the video, she's now come forward and is threatening to sue the security guards for both releasing the video and not coming to help her fast enough.
I can't see her having much success with any such lawsuit. She was the one who did the embarrassing thing, and it was done in public, where lots of people could have seen/filmed it. And it's not clear what legal statute she's relying on where security has a requirement to help her after her own mistake. But, even more amazing is that she complains about how embarrassed she was about the whole thing... but doesn't seem to realize that no one knew who she was before. By coming forward, she's now identified who she is so that people will know. Wouldn't that be even more embarrassing?

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    Leo Ghost, 21 Jan 2011 @ 2:20pm

    They show security footage on the news all the time for different reasons, why would a bit of humor be any different?

    I think the real issue is public v. private as many of you are hitting on. I'm no lawyer, but if you can be arrested in a mall for public nudity then I'm pretty sure you have no expectation of privacy. If you did there would never be anyone convicted of public nudity in malls (which sadly, isn't the story in the United States).

    As for a jury trial, unless you have a number of people who are against the system you'll never get a majority vote in her favor. Most of the jury will simply laugh and vote that it was her own fault. She'd probably have better luck finding a corrupt judge than stacking a jury :P

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