My house didn’t burn down last year, but I’m not complaining about it to State Farm. Last April, I had surgery for a tumor that turned out to be nothing, but I’m not griping that I don’t have pancreatic cancer.
Maybe I’m just too forgiving about dodging a bullet. At least it seems that way, now that we have people complaining that no tsunami hit Hawaii in the wake–literally–of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
How do we explain the fact that hundreds, possibly thousands, of people are upset with the agencies that track such things for issuing an alert without delivering on the threat?
Like a tornado warning, a tsunami alert indicates the risk of a massively destructive wall of water is high and cautionary steps should be taken. It’s an alert, not a promise.
Still, many people seem to think they are owed some calamitous personal loss in exchange for paying attention to the tsunami alert. Otherwise, what’s the point?
My house is still standing, dammit. I want a refund.