Passer-by pushes suicide jumper in south China

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. Full article

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So, was Lai Jiansheng justified in pushing this guy off the bridge? What do you think?
Considering there was an emergency cushion under him, I'd say yes, though he was a bit hasty not to wait until it was completely inflated.
The guy wasn't genuine in his suicidal thoughts. He was a asking for attention. This act affected many people adversely. So it's only fair that he be dealt with by the people he affected. Justice was served :)
Watch the video here.
The way I figure it, the guy's 5 hour wait in traffic probably pushed him into doing something he normally wouldn't have done. On the other hand, if the jumper had been waiting 5 hours, somebody needed to get him down. This seems like a safe way to do it. If you seriously want to die, you jump. If you just want help, you hesitate. Making everyone else wait on you IS selfish, but the police should've been the ones to give him the push once the airbag was ready.
Hmm, I, too, would be mad at a five hour traffic back-up, but I don't think that justifies potentially killing a man (even though he was the party responsible). I also think that the old soldier was a crotchety @sshole, but that might just boil down to my personal preferences in personality types.

However, I don't think that the suicide guy should have been causing such a needless scene. Perhaps he needed attention, but his efforts would be much more successful if he sought appropriate attention.

Finally, I really disliked the crowd clapping when the guy was pushed off. I know they were happy that the traffic problem was being solved, but really - that is distasteful, in my opinion.
Finally, I really disliked the crowd clapping when the guy was pushed off. I know they were happy that the traffic problem was being solved, but really - that is distasteful, in my opinion.

Hard to say. On the one hand suicide is a tragedy, and shouldn't be made fun of, but on the other hand, sometimes you just want to kick people in the head and yell "Stop trying to be the center of attention!" But some of those people could have been clapping because his life had been saved, too. No way to know really.

Of course, when he pushed him off, there was a safety pad below. Who knows, if he hadn't of pushed him off, the guy may have jumped the other way--into the ocean or street below. So in a way, he may have saved his life.
This is true - I hadn't considered that some may have been clapping because his life had been saved, too. I just got the impression that they were clapping more because of the spectacle of the scene (and the resolution of the problem) than because the guy landed safely.

I agree that attention whores can be annoying, but I don't think that being one is a crime worthy of being pushed off a bridge.

I'm not an expert in psychology, but I do think that the suicidal guy wouldn't have jumped after he had all that attention. Suicide, to me at least, has always seemed to be a thing mostly done in private. Once there are so many other people around, it was unlikely he was going to jump. But, who knows? He could have still splattered himself on the street.
Suicide, to me at least, has always seemed to be a thing mostly done in private.

Perhaps so. Except for Islamic suicide bombers, of course.

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