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(ABC News)   Suicidal woman was egged on by onlookers; experts say that's normal behavior   ( divider line
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2001-08-30 03:59:09 PM  
They didn't mention this chick held up the morning commute for THREE HOURS!!

Personally, I'd have been in my car smoking weed and being real happy to be 3 hours late to work.
2001-08-30 03:59:26 PM  
I hope and trust that I'll never stoop so low as to become a part of such a faceless moron lynch mob.
2001-08-30 04:05:01 PM  
Or maybe she took one of the commuters' warm soda. That would explain it.
2001-08-30 04:09:56 PM  
um, what was the point of this? it's the same as the last article isnt it?

and no, i didn't read it
2001-08-30 04:10:02 PM  
Amen, Clutch. I would have been yelling 'VACILLATE!'
2001-08-30 04:13:57 PM  
MJC - Hope your not a Christian, or you are already part of one.

Jump biatch!!!
2001-08-30 04:14:59 PM  
I may not have been screaming jump, but I'd damn sure be asking her to show us some boobies
2001-08-30 04:18:12 PM  
some people are just too willing to accept advice from random strangers.
2001-08-30 04:19:10 PM  
They continually forget to mention this fact... She was on the side of the bridge (about to jump) she was not in the center of the road. What was really holding up traffic seems to be the morons stopping and yelling "jump".
2001-08-30 04:19:23 PM  
this would have never happened at Freaknik
2001-08-30 04:24:09 PM  
Bamf75 - hehehe. No I'm safe on that account - Phew. And I agree with you - lynch mob Christians indeed
2001-08-30 04:35:20 PM  
Ain't peer pressure a biatch?
2001-08-30 04:38:36 PM  
look at me!!!! shiat nobody cares.....oh well off i go...what a dumb broad
2001-08-30 04:40:24 PM  
Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump..

Jump you waste of human flesh. Jump...
2001-08-30 04:41:54 PM  
"Life tastes good.
You know how it feels with a gun in your hand, yeah..."

Or, for you nostalgia fans:

"I'd like to teach the world a lesson..."
2001-08-30 04:44:59 PM  
Why is it that people think they can impress others by how much of a heartless jerk they can be? I'm not impressed, the world just seems like a colder meaner place. Thanks guys!
2001-08-30 04:45:59 PM  
So this may explain the need to yell bingo at all church functions?
2001-08-30 04:47:03 PM  
Sorry - wrong thread. That was supposed to go with the warm soda article.
2001-08-30 04:53:21 PM  
Yelling "Jump, Jump..." is hardly effective. If you really want to fark with people you have to get them to trust you first. See, go up to where the woman can hear and start to talk. After she's listening to a specific individual, that individual will have more swaying power. So, all in all, 5 minutes of somebody's is all it would have taken to make this biatch jump.

What, you think I manipulate people for good reasons?
2001-08-30 04:56:12 PM  
Gee - I hope the crowd didn't throw real eggs at her, too!

"Deindividuation"? I prefer Chris Rock's take: What ever happened to just plain crazy?
2001-08-30 04:56:44 PM  
Yeah, I'm with you Clutch.
Why would anybody be mad that they're late for work? You have a valid excuse and all. Why not just turn up the radio a little louder (or quieter, if you prefer) and relax?

I think America just needs to slow down for awhile and take a deep breath and realize that if we don't get something done right away - it's okay.

okay, I'm off to block some traffic!
2001-08-30 04:59:24 PM  
Btw, just anote, the reaosn traffic was held up for so long was because they CLOSED BOTH sides of the freeway for the majority of the three hours.

I personally, say "who cares" about whether or not anyone was yelling at her. What the hell does she expect, that the morning commuters are going to drive by quietly at their normal speed, even though there's a woman about to jump? Yeah, right.

I think what pisses most people off (at least here in Seattle) isn't that she was going to jump. It's that she took THREE HOURS to make up her damn mind. Either take the plunge, or don't. But get off the bridge.
2001-08-30 05:05:21 PM  
I can't count the number of times I've been stuck in standstill traffic thinking "There had better be somebody dead up there..." Somehow, it's always just morons who don't understand the fluid dynamics of traffic behavior.

I'm sure I'd feel bad if there actually was somebody dead at the front of the jam. Well, pretty sure... maybe.
2001-08-30 05:09:16 PM  
The other day there was a fellow on the ledge threatening to jump. Thank God there wasn't any imbeciles yelling "jump".
Just an occasional. "set fire to yourself".
2001-08-30 05:12:41 PM  
The Rite Aid on Fairfax and Sunset has a shortage of Ex-Lax! Please remain calm. We should have plenty in stock within the hour. I urge you all to remain calm and stay away from the Rite Aid on Sunset and Fairfax in Hollywood. With my partership with the LAPD and LAFD no problems should arise. Again, please remain calm, all will be well.
2001-08-30 05:14:37 PM  
Psych 101, Chapter 3 - Diffusion of Responsibility:
Good explanation for behavior that shouldn't surprise anybody.

I get pissed at dumbfarks who drive the speedlimit, so while I might be a little more sympathetic to a lady contemplating ending her days, I'd probably yell at her, too.

Besides, seems to me she was looking more for attention than success. Not a high enough bridge, and look at the bridge and time she chose.
2001-08-30 05:26:15 PM  
There's a few people in this thread that I would like to see plunge off a bridge.

Hey, wow, I'm edgy. That must make me hip.
2001-08-30 05:28:48 PM  
NexR, if you mean people who are driving the speed limit in the cruising lane, what speed would have them go?

I get people who tailgate me as I'm in the passing lane passing cars at 5 or 10 over the speedlimit. wtf? It's a SPEED LIMIT, and I'm already breaking the law as it is. I'm not going faster for your punkass.
2001-08-30 05:29:02 PM  
She prolly thot that she'd do a "Walken" like in the video...
Either lead,follow, or jump the hell of a bridge.
Never accept advice from people you love, Hmm that just came
out wrong, should have been strangers ffolks.
2001-08-30 05:33:36 PM  
If you want a nice, quiet suicide with no hecklers, kill yourself in the comfort of your own home. If you just want attention, expect to get negative attention.
2001-08-30 05:37:48 PM  
You hate people who drive the speed limit? BLOW ME! I drive the speed limit, and I will always drive the speed limit and you can suck my toes if you dont like it! I hate people who get on my ass and fucking HONK at me when I'm in the slow lane driving the speed limit. Blow me for a year! Fucking dangerous drivers.
2001-08-30 05:38:41 PM  
long story short.... last year a date and i went to a concert... which was in a town two hours away. the date insisted that springfield mo was on hwy 54 (NOT) and it ended up taking us five hours to get there, and we missed CCR. ok... then, believe it or not, he got lost again on the way home (i was sleeping) and it took us five hours to get back! when we got back... had to cross the bridge, and we were 10 mins away from my house (it was 9am the next day by now, and i was very tired) there was a jumper on the bridge. i was just a little bit pissy. they had the bridge blocked off, and we couldn't get across. traffic was backed up while they were trying to talk him down. personally... i think they should have just let him jump. if yer stupid enough to walk out on the bridge and tie up traffic, then go for it. and i dont believe in having to talk anyone down. if they're gonna jump, they wont stand out there and think about it for three hours first. if they're still there when the cops get there, then they weren't gonna jump anyway! if you have to think about it, think at home, then go jump. dont tie up traffic. just my .02 (i offered to go push him off so i could get home and go to bed... btw... the date was horrible, and i really wanted away from him. LMAO... but they wouldnt let me out there to do the pushing!) and they did get him to come down... all he wanted it turns out... was a smoke. go figure
2001-08-30 05:39:47 PM  
Bardicmisfit I wasn't trying to be edgy, or hip, just giving my opinion. I know what its like to be upset about the world, but I also know what its like to be stuck in traffic that isn't moving.

I try not to ride people's asses. I try not to cut people off. I experience extreme road rage and its mostly for the stupid people that are in my way. I've never been in an accident and I am very alert. But I want to go fast and if you are in my way I will get annoyed with you.
2001-08-30 05:43:15 PM  
shiat...she was just trying to win a Darwin Award.
2001-08-30 05:47:28 PM  
Jodibug you didn't miss CCR. CCR hasn't been CCR in a long time :)
2001-08-30 05:50:14 PM  
NPR interviewed one of the negotiators yesterday. He said that they closed down both sides of the freeway because motorists were yelling at her to jump. Before that they only closed one lane.
2001-08-30 05:51:11 PM  
It's always been my theory that deindividualization (or whatever the word is)simply allows people to be natural. I don't think that these people were giving in to the mob but were free to be the jerks that they, deep down, are. It's common on the road. People will be very selfish in ways that, if they were around people who know them, they wouldn't even consider.

That said, morning rush hour is not the best time to ask people to be at their best.
2001-08-30 05:53:28 PM  
I think that many psychologists are catching on to the fact that there's a lot more money in making people happy with how they are then trying to make them change. It's easier too.
2001-08-30 05:55:42 PM  
^5 Fishbulb, and thanks for clearing that up for me! at least i got to see styx (four times that summer. LOL)
2001-08-30 05:57:42 PM  
Things that bother Nex on the road:
1)People who drive the speed limit when everyone else is going 10mph faster - what are you dense, wake up, you are endangering everyone else by making them go around you
2)People who take ten minutes in the fast lane to pass somebody in the slow lane - vertical peddle on the right grandma
3)People who just like to drive in the fast lane - you're a farking jackass, there is always someone who is faster than you, move when they are behind you
4)People who cut other people off - why make someone else slow down so you don't have to, if someone is coming up fast stay where you are and let them by better you get slowed down for 3 seconds, then you slowing them down for 2 minutes
5)People who use the shoulder as a passing lane - wtf? its not even all concrete
6)People that you have already passed, that suddenly realize they are going slow, then decide to speed up and pass you, only to slow down again once they are in front of you, you go around and they do it again - I hate these people most of all, know when you are beat and give up
7)People who pay no attention to the road - quit with the CDs
8)People who pay no attention to other people on the road - get off the farking phone

and yes, I just refered to myself in the third person.
2001-08-30 05:59:06 PM  
What's CCR?
2001-08-30 06:00:06 PM  
Yup, there's an actual clinical study that shows a complete change in biological function when someone gets behind the wheel of a car. I tend to think it's because people are in an enclosed space, and are fooled into thinking that whereever their car happens to be is the same thing as being in their own personal space.

NexR, that's cool then, so long as you don't dick with people on the road. When people tailgate me, since I usually drive 5 over the limit, I just slow down a little bit and drive with the flow of traffic. That way, if they get pissy and continue to ride my ass, I just flip my mirror up and go about my merry business. If they rear end me, they're going to be paying my insurance and medical bills, so I hope it's worth getting to wherever they are going five minutes earlier.
2001-08-30 06:04:02 PM  
yeah, what is it about people who look in their rearview mirror and see along line of cars and no one in front of them? makes me want to put a snowplow on my car and pretend that their snow.
2001-08-30 06:04:59 PM  
Couple more things:

1.) A speed limit is a SPEED LIMIT. Although it never happens, you can be pulled over for going one mph over it. A friend of mine got pulled over for doing 38 in a 35. However justified you think you are, you are not. Period.

2.) CHP generally wants to see everyone going with the flow of traffic. If the flow of traffic in the non-slow lanes is 15 over the limit, then drive that fast if you are in those lanes. IF EVERYONE AROUND YOU IS DRIVING AT OR AROUND THE LIMIT, YOU SHOULD NOT FEEL ENTITLED TO BLOWING PAST ALL OF THEM. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL.

Well, "special," maybe.
2001-08-30 06:05:54 PM  
Sorry, CHP should be highway patrol and police in general.

Bad californian! Bad!
2001-08-30 06:07:00 PM  
Bardicmisfit, I too dislike having people ride my ass, but I'm usually the one going faster so I don't have it happen very often. I once drove from Chicago to Panama City, FL and back with another car following me on my ass the whole way(friends). That was a whole lot of suck, they wanted me to take the ticket by being in front, but rode my ass hardcore the whole time.
2001-08-30 06:09:40 PM  
so basically, bardic, you're the one at the front of the line saying, "speed limit is speed limit" , who refuses to change lanes?
2001-08-30 06:10:25 PM  
I would have dropped the 007 oil slick.
2001-08-30 06:12:25 PM  
Bard, I don't think I'm special, but damnit have some courtesy for the other people on the road. You may not want to get a ticket, but other people don't fear the police. Get out of their way. Besides if you think people like me are dangerous because we go fast, then aren't you safer having us way in front of you, instead of behind or next to you?
2001-08-30 06:14:58 PM  
Saltiest - I couldn't agree more. I was waiting on the on-ramp for the I-5 for 2 and a half hours with out moving an inch, and yes, i was angry.

This woman was an attention whore. plain and simple. you got problems? who doesn't. you want to end it all? great, do it at home. why ruin the lives of others because of your own problems. by causing the traffic, she involved everyone stuck in the traffic. she deserves all the heckling she got.

Hell, if she really needed time to think, why not run down to wal-mart and get a gun. thanks to the brady bill, she would have 5 days to think about it. if at the end of the 5 days she still feels like ending it, well, she can.

cruel? maybe, but that's how i feel.
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