OK…so this guy decided to walk down a HIGHWAY in Austin waving a gun at his head today. It shut down traffic pretty much all over central austin and caused major delays around town for about THREE HOURS. Those are 3 hours I will never get back thanks to this dude.
I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW…this could be kind of a delicate issue and i may tick a few people off. I warned you. But if the guy really wanted to off himself, he wouldn’t have done it in front of tons of people and brought an entire town to a 3 hour pity party. I understand he has some very serious and very real issues, but is it really a stretch to think he maybe wanted the attention he got? I know he wasn’t in his “right mind” and all, but isn’t it obvious if you hold a gun to your head in public people are gonna be like “uhmmm… bad idea man”??
So, aside from being in the hospital for observation, I wonder if he’ll get charged/ticketed with anything? I mean he just singlehandedly spent a ton of tax dollars. Not to mention, he wasted the gas, money and time of everyone that was stuck in their car on mopac or 360 for hours.
Am I being insensitive? Yes, but if this guy thought he had problems before, he now has a good portion of the Austin irritated with him. Slightly counterproductive.
The good news was that he didn’t go through with it. I kinda wonder what the SWAT people were saying to him to convince him not to do it. I would not do well as a suicide hot line volunteer person. I mean I’d end up saying something awful like:
person: I’m so depressed and unhappy and stuff (i’m not mocking i swear i just suck at making this up…)
me: yeah, man, life sucks and then you die (i also suck at dealing with emotional strangers).
me: I mean…crap…that’s like a saying…you know…it isn’t “life sucks and then you kill yourself” because …everyone has issues all through life and stuff…ummm…this one time my cat got hit by a car and I was..
In all seriousness though, I hope the guy gets the help he needs. Also, I hope people don’t end up recognizing him as “the guy that held up traffic for like a year”. That would suck.