Gotta Watch: The perils of texting and walking
A teen walks and texts.
March 22nd, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The perils of texting and walking

We’ve all texted when we probably shouldn’t have. Maybe it was while waiting in line, walking down the street, or pushing a cart at the grocery store. The people below have suffered the consequences of texting while walking, too. They’ve done everything from dropping into a manhole to falling into Lake Michigan. Consider this a warning to avoid the same fate. Have you ever run into anything while texting? Post your stories in the comments below.

Pier plunge

A Michigan woman was sending a text near Lake Michigan and didn’t realize how close she was to the water. She tripped and fell six feet into the water below. See what she did when she realized she was falling.

Fountain fall

This video of a woman falling into a mall fountain while texting made a big splash online. She wasn’t too happy about being a national punch line. But it was her behavior after the memorable moment that really sent Anderson Cooper over the edge on his RidicuList.

Manhole mayhem

After a New York teen fell into a manhole while texting, we found plenty of examples of other texting mishaps. Compare yourself to these people to see if you’re a “technosexual.”

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  1. BOMBO ©

    I hear they are working on a new smart phone app called "eyeball". It will use the built in camera on your smart phone to continuously scan ahead of you as you walk and shout "look out" when you are about to encounter an obstacle.

    Actually, you don't need it. You've got two pretty good eyeballs built into your own head, if you choose to use them.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Canopy

    Step 1: Remove frontal lobe
    Step 2: Replace with "smart"phone

    March 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. angryersmell

    Humanity is doomed and this is why. People could hardly deal with a world filled with regular phones. Now they have no chance.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dj

    There's a great idea for a new ap. if they can design a car to wake you up, mabye someone can design an ap to warn you before you take the plung or walk into something!!

    March 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous010

    I hope whatever judge she gets throws Fountain Lady right out of the courthouse and disbars her lawyer for even agreeing to represent someone with such a ridiculous case. She did it all to herself out of her own stupidity, and then she made it worse by getting overly sensitive about it. She deserves every little bit of the fallout she's getting.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dutspup

    They should just use a motion sensor that disables texting altogether while the phone is in motion. Your communication is not that important and neither are you.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike meyer

    Hey Fountain Lady, what if you tripped over a baby stroller and injured or killed the baby. Would you sue the childs parent? Take a trip down Broadway!

    March 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy© Island

    Is there an app for common sense?

    March 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rosie

    Well, the Fountain Lady certainly is responsible for her own mishaps, especially since no-one could have identified her before she outed herself. Her attempt to bring a lawsuit (against whom?) is sheer silliness


    The security video should not have found its way online. Unless the mall's administrators are comfortable with giving the impression that they regard their customers' missteps to be legitimate fodder for public ridicule – even if the shoppers themselves cannot easily be identified – it would probably behoove them to find out just who was responsible for posting the clip online. And the Fountain Lady might very well have a legal case against that person – or his employers if it can be demonstrated that his actions were the result of the employers' inaction.

    One person's stupidity can't be accepted as an excuse for anybody else's misbehavior.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ann west

    ⭕ My boyfriend was texting while we were horseback riding, he almost broke his neck

    March 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew Braithwaite

    But wait ..... there's an app for that. 🙂

    There is an Android app especially to allow you to walk and text at the same time. It is called 'Transparent Screen' and it puts the camera image on the screen so that you can see where you are going while you are texting.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sheeple

    i see these morons each day in thd bumping into displays as they mindlessly wander around looking at the idiot screen and paying no attention to what is in front,or to the side. i enjoy seeing them coming and placing a cart in front of them to see how long it takes for them to notice. 99% dont see it....

    March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kennie

    When will someone finally come up with a radar app that will warn you when you are getting too close to an object while texting. Is unfair to expect people to look where they are going when they have more important thing to do, like updating their Facebook or Twitter account after buying a pair of new shoes that are to die for.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sheeple

    no. no app for common sense....the run of the mill person walking around today has no common sense,respect,or understands how to be polite....and it aint gettin any better...

    March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nohelp

    put the phone down and look would be surprised what you see.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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