Out my office window I can see a guy standing on the edge of a pedestrian walkway over Sturdee Street, threatening to jump. He has been gesticulating wildly, and the police have closed the road off. Traffic is a mess.
He’s been there a while now. It’s a strange place to plan to jump, because it’s actually not that high up, and his chances of surviving would be reasonably good. But his chances of being horribly injured and living the rest of his life as a vegetable would be reasonably high.
The police are trying to talk him down, but he’s been up there a couple of hours now.
My guess is he won’t jump, but I’ll keep you posted.
Update 11:47am: He's still there, though the police are on the walkway too and are quite close. They're obviously having a chat. He's not waving his arms much. I expect they'll wear him out soon.
Update 12:17pm: Still there. Every time I look it seems the police have taken a step closer. Getting boring now. This guy has no sense of theatre. They are so close they could almost reach out and grab him.
A workmate asks a good question: why don't they sneak up and put a bouncy castle underneath him? He's facing the cops, not the road, and wouldn't notice.
Maybe the police need a flatdeck truck covered with mattresses for such events. It could be on standby...
Update 12:21pm: Finally he gave up, and the police now have him. Back to work, people!