Woman ridiculed for vacuuming the sidewalk turns into teachable moment for social media haters

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A Washington state woman’s over-the-top thoughtfulness for her fellow man, or woman, resulted in widespread ridicule in the world of social media.

All courtesy of those blasted smart phones.

A video shared on Facebook by Brandon Tatro captured Cathy Rodriguez, a resident of Yakima, vacuuming the sidewalk outside her home.

“Well we are in Yakima. We have seen it all,” Tatro says in the video. “Guess no one’s heard of a broom before.”

 

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Posted by Brandon Tatro on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Tatro would later add a follow up comment, based on the feedback he was getting.

“I apologize if anybody is offended by this. I’ve had multiple dm’s In defense of this ladies situation,” he wrote. “Don’t do drugs though. And use a Kirby to suck glass up not a Hoover!!”

Now, on the surface, vacuuming outdoors does seem like an odd thing to be doing, but there’s much more than what meets the eye.

Rodrigiez assured KIMA-TV she’s not crazy, explaining she was cleaning up broken glass after a drunk driver crashed into the family van parked outside the home.

Rodriguez recalled of the accident that occurred several weeks ago, “He broke three of the glass windows in the back of my van and shattered it everywhere.”

The van was the only transportation the family had and they reportedly did not have insurance.

“I’m not a druggie and I’m not crazy, I was thinking of others,” Rodriguez told the CBS affiliate.

Her concern was that someone may step on broken glass that was left behind from the accident, which explains why Rodriguez was vacuuming the sidewalk.

Rodriguez started a GoFundMe campaign asking for help covering damages and you will never guess who was the first to donate — none other than Tatro, who reportedly apologized to Rodriguez.

“Early Monday morning on Jan 20,2020 our family van got hit by a drunk driver in our drive way,” the description explains. “He had hit the van so hard that it spun 180 degrees and up into our yard, it shattered all of the back three of our van windows and smashed the back of the van, destroying our van. “The glass from our van flew all over the front yard of our house. Our yard now is filled with little pieces of glass and we can’t let our animals out or step on the grass.”

In five days, the campaign has raised $9,574, out of a more modest goal of $4,000.

There were plenty of comments to the post, poking fun at Rodriguez, based on the video alone and not knowing the full story.

One social media user joked, “She must go through a lot of vacuums!”

Another quipped, “She’s a trend setter for sure!”

But then, of all the comments, the one that stood as perhaps the most relevant, given the circumstances, stated: “I think it is time to ‘vacuum’ out your friend list.”

 

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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