DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has approved unemployment benefits for a Des Moines woman who was fired after her frolic in a stadium fountain at a Kansas City Royals baseball game.
The Associated Press
Jessica McCoy, 25, was granted the benefits after a hearing last month, the Des Moines Register reported. She'd become an Internet sensation after her Aug. 5 antics were recorded at Kauffman Stadium. The YouTube video has been seen more than 147,000 times, and she's been dubbed "Fountain Lady" and "Fountain Mom."
She subsequently was fired by First American Bank in Beaverdale, a Des Moines suburb. Her manager said she violated company policy barring off-duty conduct that reflects poorly on the bank. She later filed for unemployment benefits.
Iowa administrative law judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer ruled in McCoy's favor. She said McCoy's "off-duty, on-vacation-in-another-state conduct, while certainly questionable on many levels, does not rise to the level of substantial, job-related misconduct sufficient to warrant a denial of unemployment benefits."
At the Oct. 22 hearing, McCoy said the incident was blown out of proportion and that she was under the influence of alcohol.
She has pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and soliciting a police officer.
"I did not realize the gravity of the situation," McCoy said to a question about why she was in the fountain. "I did not realize I was going to get into that much trouble for it. And I just honestly can't answer that. . It just at the time seemed like a fun idea. I did not realize I would get into that much trouble. I did not hurt anyone or myself."
McCoy was in shorts and a Royals T-shirt when she climbed into the fountain in the lower level of the grandstand. Spectators cheered as she waded through the water while holding a drink. Security officials eventually took her into custody.
Here's the video. Caution: The language is not suitable for children or the workplace.