But that appears to be just what this man tried.
The unidentified man was caught by a passing photographer forcing a woman, said to be his girlfriend, out a third-storey window in the Chinese city of Kunming today.
Lovers' spat?: The man hangs the woman upside down from the window in Kunming, China
Terror is clear on the woman's face as the man appears to be on the verge of climbing out the window with her and sending them both to their deaths
The enraged man kept the woman pinned to the windowsill and in fear for her life for more than two hours.
Horrified crowds gathered before the building as police frantically tried to talk him down.
They finally succeeded - but he took the woman with him as a hostage, holding a knife to her neck.
The man finally pulls the woman inside - but holds a knife to her neck
Crowds watch as the man is taken away by police
Her terror can plainly be seen on her face.
Finally specialist hostage negotiators were able to persuade the man to give himself up. He was swiftly taken away by police.
It is not yet known what happened to the woman - or, more tantalisingly, what they could have been arguing about that drove him to such extremes.