There was a time in this country when people were allowed to smoke indoors.
My wife totally freaks out when she sees our kids on a balcony....reading this story won’t help matters.
It all started when she got out of the truck!
The comments on the Slate article site are vicious. No pity, she should have known the dangers, too bad for her.
“Sex on the first date combined with smoking can be hazardous to your health” is the consensus IMO.
“OMG that poor woman. Prayers up.” will not be found at slate.com. But that is my sentiment at this tragic time.
BURN THE WITCH!
Sounds like the building owner should be in big trouble
"I didn't know there was a pool down there."
Let’s see, New York City (NYC), a bustling metropolis with just a few lawyers in the local area. The usual suspects; architect, materials provider, contractor, building inspector, union and Mafia ... eney, meeney, miny, moe ... choose one or all!
The idea of being unable to lean against a railing is ridiculous and I have this suspicion that NYC has more regulations about this than almost any other place on earth. Add some more regs?
I read from another source - she used it to put her leg on as she stretched.
IIRC, inspection is due every 5 years for the balconies and was due this past February.
She didn’t lean or sit on it. Seems they are trying to make her sound clueless to suggest she would sit on it 17 floors high. They are merely blowing ‘smoke’ up readers’ butt. And that’s the smoke people should be allergic to!
BTW, Her ‘date’ lived two doors down.
I read that AP story, and while I didn’t linger to analyze it, I did catch the strange accusatory tone of the writing, it was as though they didn’t like her.
Dear God, please don’t let me die stupidly.
Slate is reading way too much into the article which simply tells what happened.
“A 35-year-old media executive on a first date plunged to her death Thursday after the railing on her 17th-floor New York City balcony gave way, police said.”
The debasement of education in the use of the English language, to the detriment of accurate communication, continues to rise.
Note what Merriam Webster has ro say about “plunge”:
It usually implies some form of willful act. In as much as the writers at AP cannot claim to know any motive the victim had for falling, the only PROPER word in the sentence I quoted, in place of “plunged” would have been “fell”.
But, their use of “plunged” goes together with their otherwise perjorative reporting of the tragedy, so maybe their use of “plunged” in its perjorative sense was intentional as well.
Sucks. Really sucks to be a smoker.
Railings don’t usually just give out with a thin woman like that leaning up against it. My guess is that her and her date were engaged in some sweet balcony sex when the railing gave out when his railing got too hard.
I sincerely hope that, before she fell, that man gave her the night of her life.
Bloomberg and the National Cancer Society will count it as a smoking caused death.
What the reporter didn’t get quite right is that the building is in Midtown East, not on the Upper East Side.
(Rent controlled apartment available in new York City.)