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Opinion Rude or real? Is it okay for SAR to call rescued hikers "incredibly stupid"?

So, a couple of guys had to be rescued near the summit of the Ben (Ben Nevis, highest point in Great Britain, located in Scotland). They were wearing jeans and trainers, evidently because they intended to buy gear on the way, but the outdoor shops were closed for a bank holiday.

Salty language at length:

"They were soaked to the skin, wet and freezing. They were wearing just trainers, jeans and some form of inadequate jacket. Their clothing was totally inadequate and useless for the conditions. They were incompetent, incredibly stupid and an accident waiting to happen on the country's highest mountain in winter," said Donald Paterson, leader of Lochaber MRT."


IMO many of us wish we could say stuff like this, but don't feel it would be acceptable. And it's nice to hear SAR get real. I suppose you might have to be Scottish to make it work?
 

Cabin Fever

Laidback
So, a couple of guys had to be rescued near the summit of the Ben (Ben Nevis, highest point in Great Britain, located in Scotland). They were wearing jeans and trainers, evidently because they intended to buy gear on the way, but the outdoor shops were closed for a bank holiday.

Salty language at length:

"They were soaked to the skin, wet and freezing. They were wearing just trainers, jeans and some form of inadequate jacket. Their clothing was totally inadequate and useless for the conditions. They were incompetent, incredibly stupid and an accident waiting to happen on the country's highest mountain in winter," said Donald Paterson, leader of Lochaber MRT."


IMO many of us wish we could say stuff like this, but don't feel it would be acceptable. And it's nice to hear SAR get real. I suppose you might have to be Scottish to make it work?
Definitely not genteel, but I get it. SAR had to risk their lives rescuing these jerks.
 

Nitty Gritty

Hangin' Out
Who buys all their critical gear at an outdoor shop at the gateway town? These fellas didn't own any layers already? Boots? Weather-worthy jackets?

I guess they'd never been hiking. Stupid, indeed, if this was their first outing.
 
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