So I'm writing a scene and am trying to figure out a realistic balance of reactions from people in-universe (modern real-world setting). Anyway:
Let's say you're walking through a moderately busy outdoor plaza/town square kind of place, kind of like this maybe:
Next to the statue, there's a large shopping trolley covered in tarp, with a cardboard sign mounted on it which reads:
THIS IS A PUBLIC SUICIDE
For your own safety, viewing my body is not recommended
Read my suicide note here: [here, there's a QR code as well as a link to a blog hosted by a blogging site you recognise]
- How likely are you to notice this trolley?
- If you notice it but can't make out the writing on the sign, what do you do, if anything?
(The words 'This is a public suicide' is about as legible as this:
, while everything else on the sign is smaller)
- If you notice it and see the writing on the sign, what do you do, if anything?
- Meta: Did my content warning influence you on whether or not you thought this scenario involves a character's actual suicide (rather than, say, a prank or something)?