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Old 05-23-2009, 08:36 PM
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Assisted Suicide - Chinese Style

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090523/ap_on_re_as/as_china_suicide_help

BEIJING – Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand — and pushed him off the ledge.

Chen fell 26 feet (8 meters) onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion laid out by authorities and survived, suffering spine and elbow injuries, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

The passer-by, 66-year-old Lai Jiansheng, had been fed up with what he called Chen's "selfish activity," Xinhua said. Traffic around the Haizhu bridge in the city of Guangzhou had been backed up for five hours and police had cordoned off the area.

"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lai was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals."

Xinhua said Lai was "taken away by police" but did not elaborate.

A police officer who answered the telephone Saturday at a station close to the bridge confirmed the incident and said it was under investigation. He refused to give any other details and hung up.

According to Xinhua, Chen wanted to kill himself because he had accrued 2 million yuan ($290,000) in debt from a failed construction project.

On Thursday, he made his way to the Haizhu bridge, where 11 other people have tried to take their lives since April.

Lai volunteered to talk Chen down but was turned away by police, Xinhua said. Lai then broke through the cordon, climbed to where Chen sat, greeted him with a handshake, then pushed.

Photos in the Beijing Morning Post showed Lai, shoeless and in a T-shirt, saluting after Chen fell.

The paper said Lai was released on bail Friday but did not give any details. It said he had been on medication for "a mental illness" for decades and had been on his way to a hospital for his pills.

Chen was recovering in the hospital, Xinhua said.

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Old 05-23-2009, 10:10 PM
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Good, he held up a lot of traffic. At least have the curtesy to kill yourself and not make other people sit in traffic for hours from it.
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There was a guy in Atlanta who had traffic held up on two major interstates for hours. I remember seeing it on TV and thinking that the authorities should just shoot him.
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:23 PM
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Good, he held up a lot of traffic. At least have the curtesy to kill yourself and not make other people sit in traffic for hours from it.
After all that and no show? That would be an injustice. At least with Lai, they got to see a nice diving exhibit. Too bad there was something to break his fall. Maybe Lai had been watching Lethal Weapon. I know I watched Lethal Weapon and Letha Weapons. Letha Weapons was way more entertaining.
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There was a guy in Atlanta who had traffic held up on two major interstates for hours. I remember seeing it on TV and thinking that the authorities should just shoot him.
Bet someone in that crowd wanted to. I know if I were given official blessing, I would. These guys are nothing but Attention Whores. If they really wanted to jump, they'd have already done it. All they want to do is say "Look at me!!! Please talk me out of it. Tell me my life has meaning and I will live happily every after.". Shoot the SOB if he won't jump and be done with it. Let others who DO want to live go on their own way.
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Hahaha.. wow.
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I'd be a bad negotiator. I'd be on the loudspeaker; "Its 8 ****en PM, I want to go home, jump already you ****en ****y, grow some balls, or get down I don't care anymore."
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I'd be a bad negotiator. I'd be on the loudspeaker; "Its 8 ****en PM, I want to go home, jump already you ****en ****y, grow some balls, or get down I don't care anymore."
OTOH, you and your buddy can go there. One guy becomes the bookie and gives odds on the outcome and the other "nudge" the outcome to win the most money
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Bet someone in that crowd wanted to. I know if I were given official blessing, I would. These guys are nothing but Attention Whores. If they really wanted to jump, they'd have already done it. All they want to do is say "Look at me!!! Please talk me out of it. Tell me my life has meaning and I will live happily every after.". Shoot the SOB if he won't jump and be done with it. Let others who DO want to live go on their own way.
If he REALLY wanted to die, he should just brush his teeth with Chinese toothpaste, the one with antifreeze in it!
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If he REALLY wanted to die, he should just brush his teeth with Chinese toothpaste, the one with antifreeze in it!
That toothpaste might have been a "For Export Only"

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