Sunday, July 12, 2009

Text In The City

I guess it was only a matter of time before we were treated to this headline: Teen Girl Falls In Open Manhole While Texting.
Alexa Longueira, a high school sophomore, was walking along Victory Boulevard near Travis Avenue on Staten Island Wednesday evening when she felt the earth move and was plunged into smelly darkness..."It was just really gross and it was shocking and scary," she said.
In her defense, there were no orange cones or barriers up warning of the open manhole. Of course, they will be suing the city for neglect.
Alexa's mother, Kim, said: "It could have been an elderly person, a mother pushing a stroller. It could have been anyone."
Except that most people, especially mothers pushing baby strollers, tend to watch where they're going. By this logic, if a man turns his head to look at a pretty woman walking down the street and walks into a lamp post as a result, he could blame the woman. After all, if she didn't have an attractive backside, he wouldn't have a bump on his head. Right? Right.

And finally, there's this:
Alexa lost one of her sneakers in the sewer. She does not want it back.
Somewhere in Gotham, a rookie sewer worker breathes a sigh of relief.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Actually, there was a couple of news reports from some months back about people walking into poles, traffic signs, into traffic, etc... while texting.

Just goes to show you that we, as a society, no longer want to take responsibility for our own actions (or stupidity...)