stupid, selfish behavior
There are reports that up to 40% of Galveston Island's residents decided to stay on the island to ride out Hurricane Ike.
Sigh. I just have no patience for stupidity, and this is one of those cases where people were just being dumb. It's not like this hurricane snuck up on the island, or that we didn't know within plenty of time to evacuate that Galveston was going to take a direct hit.
But it's not just stupid; it's also selfish. When you do something like that, by default, you're putting other people's lives at risk, because when they know people stayed, they have to come search for survivors no matter what. Sure enough, when things got bad last night, people started calling for help. And there was no rescue, because authorities in Galveston weren't about to risk the lives of rescuers to send them out into impossible conditions in the dark.
Making a deliberate choice to do something stupid and dangerous that risks other people's lives is beyond irresponsible. And those people who were capable of leaving but who stayed on the island anyway have no one to blame but themselves. Let's just hope it's not as bad as it looks.