Many people have probably already heard or read about the daredevil named Ray Corliss, host of “Stunt Junkies” on the Discovery Channel, who tried to parachute off the Empire State Building yesterday.
Police say Corliss is a master of disguise. He allegedly came to the Empire State Building dressed as an overweight tourist, stripped down in the men’s room and took a flying leap over the observation deck
Apparently, the American obesity epidemic helped in letting this man slip by security concealing a camera, a parachute, a helmet and the rest of his gear. Luckily, however, someone had tipped off police earlier so he was stopped from actually finishing the jump. I find it a little strange that he was able to take the fat suit off and prepare himself. He was also able to climb OVER the railing before they stopped him. Couldn’t it have been stopped sooner? I keep picturing that scene from Austin Powers where the cop is about an hour from being crushed by a steamroller but continues to scream anyway.
But here’s my bigger question: How are we doing on the whole home security front? If a guy can purchase fat suit and sneak by security guards wearing a parachute and a camera and be gain access into one of the most famous buildings in the world, even after said stunt had been tipped off to police, clearly we’re not doing our job to protect America.
But at least he gave a bunch of overweight tourists something to talk about.