If anyone has been following the less serious news lately one would have found and watched the video of the woman walking and texting and then falling into the mall fountain. Anyone who has seen that video knows that the woman cannot be identified and one can also see that she was not seriously injured since she climbed back out of the fountain and went on her way with a look around like most of us have done when we have fallen on ice in the winter or tripped up stairs;we look around to make sure no one saw our klutziness. Shortly after the video aired everyone found out who the woman was when she went public with the intent to litigate the whole issue. Were the security guards who put the video on YouTube a bit callus, they might have been, but since the viewer could not see the woman's face, there really was no harm no foul. It's a bit like the suit brought against McDonald's by the woman who got burnt by a cup of their coffee. Thanks to her there are now warnings on all hot beverages stating that one must be careful as the contents are hot....well duh. We have turned into a society of litigious people and it has gotten us things such as silly warnings on coffee cups all the way to serious things like losing government grants.
Just recently Downingtown was denied a grant to extend Struble Trail through Kardon Park. No one knows exactly why it was denied, but there is plenty of speculation and I believe it has to do with the pending appeal of the Kardon Park development and the current litigation of the E. Caln property. Why would the government want to give a grant for something that could very possibly wind up in court....I know I would be trepidatious in giving money for something that may never come to fruition. So here we are looking to revitalize our town even in a small way and we can't because a few people have an issue with progress and have the borough tied up in court. Now before you try and rake me over the coals I know that Ms. Feldman voted for it and I am thankful that Mayor Maxwell was able to help her to see that it would be a good thing.
It's a shame that a few misguided people can cost others so much. Lawsuits for malpractice that pay the plaintiff millions of dollars which won't bring people back, people suing McDonald's because they bought a cup of coffee, put it between their legs and then had to hit their brakes hard enough to make the coffee spill in their lap, people texting while walking and not looking where they are going, falling into fountains and then hire a lawyer because they were humiliated, people tying up a borough in court over something that could have been hashed out long before there was a desperation that a park would be lost. No one wants to take personal responsibility anymore and no one wants to discuss change with those proposing it because, I guess, that would be too easy AND too hard and God forbid anyone make an effort anymore.