If a text told you to walk off a pier, would you? Numerous news reports confirm that texting while driving is dangerous, but for 45-year-old Bonnie Miller, it turns out that texting and walking is dangerous.
An ABC News affiliate reported that on Monday at 9:30 p.m. police, firefighters and the coast guard were called to the south pier in St. Joseph, Michigan after a woman fell off a pier. What caused the woman to fall into a pier? A text message.
I had set an appointment for the wrong time and so I sent about three words, Miller told ABC. Next thing you know it was the water.
The embarrassing act caused by not paying attention ended up turning chaotic. Luckily for Miller, she had been walking with her husband Greg and her 15-year-old son Quinn. Greg had quickly dived into the water which was about six-feet below the pier. Greg was followed by 19-year-old bystander Rebecca Van Zant.
Miller was able to get pulled out the water by her son, but was very shaken up by the incident. Firefighters, police and the coast guard showed up shortly after to assist. Embarrassed by the incident, but also understanding how dangerous walking and texting is, Miller said in an interview, I couldn't let pride stand in my way of warning other people to not drive and text or walk and text. It can be dangerous.
Bonnie Miller is far from the first person to have done something embarrassing and dangerous while texting and walking. Last January, Cathy Cruz Marrero was texting when she walked (or more like tumbled) into a water fountain at a mall. A security video of her embarrassing moment hit the web. The humiliation, Cruz said to CBS over the video hitting the web. Ask my husband: I cried for days...You don't know how many people are laughing at me.
In early February another woman had the misfortune of falling while texting. Unfortunately for her it was caught on a live news cast.