In one way, 22-year-old University of Pittsburgh student Grant Birdsong was trapped by society's construction of masculinity vis-à-vis finding a mate. But in another more real way, Birdsong was trapped by the walls of a Qdoba and a bagel shop. “The young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop, and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the next,” a city spokesperson tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. KDKA reports the gap between the two buildings was only about a foot and a half, but one was taller than the other. Birdsong botched the jump and ended up wedged between the two buildings about five feet off the ground.
Birdsong's ill-advise leap took place around 2am Tuesday. He was finally freed around 6am after rescuers broke through the wall of a Qdoba to pull him out. As Birdsong was loaded into an ambulance with a broken ankle, he gave a double thumbs up to the woman, who had stuck around for him to be rescued. “I think he is an idiot for doing it, but at least he got the girl,” one witness tells KDKA. Not so lucky was the Qdoba, which will need to be closed for at least a week to have its wall replaced, WPXI reports. Birdsong has already apologized to the restaurant. There is no word on possible charges against the fool in love. (Read more Pittsburgh stories.)