Remember the woman who fell into the fountain? Of course you do. She’s fallen into that thing millions of times by now in becoming our nation’s latest viral sensation. In fact, she recently appeared on Good Morning America where she made a tearful plea for Americans to consider her feelings. And in so doing, she greatly confused me. After all, there was no way to identify who she was based on the surveillance camera footage that made its way around cyberspace. So why did Marrero attach her face to what would have been an anonymous gaffe by going on national TV to tell people to stop talking about it? That makes about as much sense as shooting your parents then asking for forgiveness because you’re an orphan.
My cynical side sensed that this woman was in it for her 15 minutes. She came off like a woman with a victim complex. Which will come in handy when she appears in court on April 21 to face five felony charges. It seems that Cathy Cruz Marrero can do more than teach our kids about the perils of texting. She can also serve as an example of what happens to people who steal.
Madeline wrote about Cathy Cruz Marrero yesterday on Strollerderby, unapologetically telling her readers that she was okay with finding humor in Marrero’s stumble. She categorized the woman as “a spokesperson” for what can happen when you text with disregard to the outside world. And I agree with all of that. Cathy Cruz Marrero is the perfect person to point to when telling your kids that texting while doing anything else can be dangerous.
Turns out she might also be the perfect person to point to when teaching your kids that stealing is wrong. A report by WFMZ TV’s 69 News says:
Police said Marrero, who used to work at Zales Jewelers at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Muhlenberg Township, used the Zales credit account of a coworker to make more than $4,000 in purchases without the account-holder’s permission.Marrero also used the same woman’s Target credit account to buy more than $1,000 worth of merchandise, said police, who indicated in court documents that the purchases were made prior to August 2007.
Marrero did not return calls from 69 News on the matter. Pretty quick to chastise America, but not as quick to answer for questions about her legal troubles, I see. Which means she could teach our kids another important lesson: something about stones and glass houses.
Below is the video of Marrero texting her way into a penny-collecting obstacle.
Image: Still from YouTube video