Haizhu Bridge in Guangzhou Smeared with Butter to Stop Suicides
Chinese workers have covered a giant steel bridge with butter because officials are fed up with traffic jams caused by people who slow down to watch suicide victims leaping to their death.
Government officials in Guangzhou in south China ordered workers to smear butter on all of the climbable surfaces of the 1,000 foot long steel bridge.
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 anybody who tries either falls"
Bridge guard Wong Man said: "The butter makes the bars and frames slippery and hard to climb onto, and we can easily catch them."
Since we put up the butter there have been no problems with these attention seekers
In one month alone eight people committed suicide on the bridge and numerous others had climbed up threatening to commit suicide before changing their minds.
The bridge guard said: "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.
"Since we put up the butter there have been no problems with these attention seekers."
[More Guangzhou News]