If you haven’t watched the video that has gone viral, in a nutshell, a woman is walking and texting in a mall. Obviously, she’s not paying attention, and she trips over a low wall and ends up in the pool of a fountain. She gets herself up, and walks quickly but composedly to the nearest store, where she finds a compassionate manager.
Two days later, she finds that the video has gone viral, thanks to the security guards who were on duty that day, laughing as they watched her fall into the fountain.
Now she’s suing. She’s mad because nobody helped her. Of course, if you watch the video… it doesn’t look like anybody saw her fall into the fountain (except the giggling security guards). The store manager helped her when she asked. There was also a housekeeping person who, it appears, offered help. She’s mad because the video is viral and she’s embarrassed.
Frankly, I’d be mad because George Stephanopolous asked a stupid question like, “…and when did you realize you’d had a terrible fall?”
I will admit, when I first saw the video, I laughed, but then I immediately felt sorry for her. After all, she didn’t post the video. She didn’t even know she’d been filmed. As a person who has made plenty of boneheaded, embarrassing mistakes, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that all of them happened within the privacy of family and friends. I would be mortified if someone had put my mistakes up on the internet – without my permission – and opened me up to the ridicule of the world. Because, let’s face it, internet commenters can be downright evil.
I also thought, “what if…?” As in, what if, on the very outside chance, this woman was in the Witness Protection Program? Or if she’d run away from an abusive spouse? A stalker? Now she’s all over YouTube, and people who are looking for you can see that. No, her face isn’t really visible, but her walk is. You know you can recognize someone by their walk. And yes, it’s a stretch, but it’s possible.
Now we find out “the rest of the story”, and my “what if” came true, only in a little different way. That woman is out on $7500 bail for charging over $5000 on a coworkers credit card!
So what’s your take? Is she justified in being angry enough to sue over it being posted? Should she have expected it and just moved on?