Fountain Girl's criminal problems ripple troubled waters deeper than you'll find in a mall fountain

I must say at this juncture the tale of Cathy Cruz Marrero is becoming a tad more compelling than discussing the lifecycle of a rhododendron.

In fact, her story is swelling like a blowfish. Oops. Excuse the aquatic reference. Her big splash of fame all started with her plunge into a Berkshire Mall fountain while texting.

Of course, you already knew that. Everybody in the world knows that because her fall went more viral than swine flu, putting her at the center of a vortex of hilarity. Never again doubt that the Internet is a synchronous, steamrollering force.

The Reading woman even wound up on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning to talk about her soggy pratfall. Guess what? She may even sue the mall.

Marrero had a busy morning. She also was in Berks County Court today for a status hearing on theft-by-deception and related charges. She was charged in October 2009 for using a co-worker’s credit cards to make more than $5,000 in purchases at two local stores. She also has several theft cases and a hit-and-run charge on her record.

Suddenly this lady is defined by more than a couple seconds of catastrophe.

Her plunge had set eyes fluttering when posted on YouTube. Now her criminal issues have tongues fluttering as well.

Suspicion now is racing to replace all the laughter. Suddenly her story could be mined more for pathos than chuckles.

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to wonder if her swan dive into the fountain was all that accidental.

Zat is zee question preying on more than one mind, I’m sure.

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