The gleaming girders of the new bridge never stood a chance against graffiti, even while it was under construction. The Engineer, however, came up with a solution to the headache.
Electrify the bridge.
Sure, the vandals might lose a finger. Or two. Maybe a hand. But it would send a clear message; Stay off the bridge. Secondly, it would keep birds away. The Engineer detested birds, and their mess.
Following a long silence, a Committee member spoke. “But, people would fall to the street below. In traffic.”
The Engineer acknowledged his solution seemed cruel.
“I suppose we could install nets…”