Video Footage Of Reading Woman Tripping Into Mall Fountain While Texting Helps Millions Feel Superior

READING EAGLE: The fall on Jan. 12 was caught on security camera video that has brought her unwanted fame since it was posted Friday to YouTube and Facebook, where it has been viewed at least 1.6 million times. Many media outlets worldwide have shown the footage. Cathy is mortified by the incident and both laughs and cries when she talks about it. “My issue is I don’t think security was professional because they didn’t send anyone to check on me until 20 minutes later and I had already left,” Cathy said Wednesday in her first interview since the accident. In the video, the voices of people laughing as they watch the security video footage can be heard. Cathy said they are mall security personnel. “Instead of laughing, they should have said, ‘Is she OK?’ and been down there right away to check on me,” she said. Her attorney, James M. Polyak of Reading, said he plans to conduct an investigation into what happened. “We are troubled by the fact that anyone at the Berkshire Mall responsible for releasing this video would find humor in an employee injured on the premises,” Polyak said. “We intend to hold the appropriate persons responsible.” MORE

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