There was an episode of Absolutely Fabulous where Edina Monsoon is representing herself in court after breaking various laws and then goes on a tirade about how the system doesn’t quite work. She eventually defends her stance that stupid people should be taxed because of the expenses they bring onto society.
An article in today’s Metro newspaper reminded me of that.
Apparently, three college students have died in the past 3 months or so by falling from high places. One idiot was drunk and wanted to climb to the roof of his Back Bay apartment building to impress chicks. He fell off and died.
Another brainiac decided to do a handstand on the railing of a bridge. He fell off and died.
The third student, just this week, was climibing onto the roof of his rented apartment in Roxbury. He fell off and died.
The parents of one of these scholars mentioned something about the city and universities doing more to protect students from such accidents. And that infuriates me. Are we in such a litigious society that we think we have to place blame/responsibility on third parties? Why aren’t we held accountable for our own actions? I think it’s fairly logical that you shouldn’t climb onto a roof that does not have an actual roof deck. Period.
And, logic would say, you should probably not attempt to climb onto a roof while intoxicated, while it’s dark, or while your attention is on impressing the woman you brought home from a bar.
These guys are in college. They must have developed some sort of knowledge to have gotten accepted into college in the first place. I mean, what else would you want the city (or the universities) to do when college kids move into town?
Put bars on every window so you can’t fall out?
Use plastic sporks instead of forks in the cafeteria to prevent injury?
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