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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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jan 2011 @ 3:24pm

    There are security cameras in the bathrooms at WalMart. If something funny were to happen there, would it be OK for a security guard to post it online?

    I'm not saying that she should win her lawsuit, but I still think that it is an invasion of privacy if all security video can me made available online. It's bad enough that we have to tolerate being videoed, it is even worse if we can be mocked with it.

    Another Example:
    Would you want security video from the latest back-scatter X-Ray at the nearest airport of you to be posted online?

    Bottom line, businesses and cities are pushing surveillance on us because they say they need it to fight crime. This is an example of it not being used to fight crime. They need to have strict rules about posting video that is taken as part of a security feed online. For that reason I hope this lady wins her lawsuit.

    In my opinion it is very different if the video is shot in a public place with a cell phone camera where it can be seen, than if it is taken with a security camera (often hidden)

    Just my two bits.

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