T.A.W., shit: texting and walking is dangerous! You know you've done it. But how dangerous is your reluctance to stop and engage in singular activities? If you're to learn anything from the youth of Staten Island, very. And there's video!
15-year-old Alexa Longueira took her case to the people! She was walking on the sidewalk. She was texting. Then, out of nowhere, a GIANT FUCKING HOLE appeared in the ground below her - presumably, somewhere within the periphery of where she was holding her phone, incidentally - and she fell five feet into it. Via Gothamist:
Apparently DEP workers left the the open manhole to retrieve some orange cones-and it took a little too long for them to return. She told WCBS 2, "It was just really gross and it was shocking and scary. Because of their careless mistake I got hurt... Regardless of whether I'm texting or not if there was a cone there I'm gong to see a big orange cone. I walk that sidewalk every day, I don't expect a big hole there." So, if there was a big orange, she TOTALLY would have seen it while texting, instead of the manhole, right?
One can only hope! Because if orange cones won't save us from gigantic holes in the ground, what will? Funny you should ask. Alexa also expressed her fear of something pulling her under, into the sub-surface of the ground, into Staten Island's most inner-reaches!
"I thought it was something out of a movie, where something was gonna take me under."
Mind you, she was five feet underground. Anyway, it's pretty common knowledge that if you're pulled underground by something in New York, you might be in luck. Then again, it could be the mole people. Either way, if I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or a moleperson, I probably would've thrown this one back out. The surface streets are dangerous enough; you don't need to be navigating the underground with a kid who can't see gigantic holes in the ground. Also, you can only talk about Twilight for so long. Seriously.