China ‘covers suicide bridge in butter’

September 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
“Since we put up the butter there have been no problems with these attention seekers.”
clipped from www.chinadaily.com.cn

Government officials in south-east China have ordered workers to cover a 1,000 ft long steel bridge in butter to prevent citizens from using it to attempt suicide.

China 'covers suicide bridge in butter'

All the climbable surfaces on the structure in Guangzhou have been covered in greasy fat to put an end to the spate of people threatening to jump from it, The Sun reports.

Government spokesman Shiu Liang said: “We tried employing guards at both ends but that didn’t work – and we put up special fences and notices asking people not to commit suicide here.

“None of it worked – and so now we have put butter over the bridge and it has worked very well. Nobody can get up there and nobody who tries ever falls.”

Bridge guard Wong Man added: “The butter makes the bars and frames slippery and hard to climb on to, and we can easily catch them.

“Each time somebody threatens to commit suicide to get media attention or sympathy over personal problems we end up with several hours of tailbacks and there were lots of complaints.

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