Who is on a high horse? How can you be so dismissive of the community wanting a little order?
First, you cannot justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior. You're trying to dismiss it by asking people to think back to bad decisions they made when in college, but this guy is 28, not 18-22. Even still, very few people can say that they've conducted themselves in such a way that it required for the Coast Guard and a rescue helicopter to waste hours of their time and resources... but if by chance they did, I would say that the adults would have expressed extreme outrage.
If we followed your suggestion, the mentality leads society to dismissing behavior that is more and more outrageous as time goes on.
Second, the law is the law and no one is above it. If jumping off a bridge is against the law and you decide to jump off a bridge, grow up and be prepared to deal with the consequences if you're caught. If you disagree with a law, work to have it changed, until then, stay within the confines of the law.
Third, you're focusing on the initial reason why it raised attention and ignoring the rest of the event... I mean, we are talking about multiple poor decisions that lead to the end result of being arrested... 1) he jumped off a bridge; 2) he hid from the police that had seen him jump; 3) he continued to hide from the rescue efforts for hours; and 4) he tried to evade the police when they saw him crossing the bridge. At no point was this guy willing to step forward to let them know he was ok and face the music. At each decision point, he went with the decision that expressed a lack of regard to anyone other than himself, period.
I'd imagine that the cop had a genuine concern to see that this guy was ok; but as time passed, his concern turned to anger as this guy is on the sidelines too scared to let them know that he's ok. He's man enough to face the fear of jumping off a bridge, but too scared to step forward? Had he came forward before the Coast Guard got involved, I bet he wouldn't have ended up in jail.
As if I haven't made my point, I'll continue... I doubt that this man actually paid cash for the actual cost of the deployment of Search and Rescue, but if he did, does that mean that he should face no other punishment?
The problem really is that people need to conduct themselves in a way that serves others and serves the community, if everyone stopped caring about society and the community and only served themselves, things wouldn't be very good. If someone smashes out my car window but when they're caught, they are willing to pay for a replacement, I'd argue that the cost for replacement does not counterbalance the action.
The cop, the Coast Guard, the rescue helicopter, and the community demonstrated concern for this guy's LIFE, and he was content with taking all of it for absolutely no reason. America is being overrun with "takers", while the resources of those who are willing to give are stretched so thin that the takers are demanding the givers to give more.
Let's be honest, it's not like this guy faced any extreme punishment or like they made an example of him, or that anyone is so high on their horse that they have lifted from the earth... this guy was issued a $300 unsecured bail. This means that after he was caught, he walked away from everything with nothing more than a promise to appear in court... mmm.
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