I cant help but feel for the pilot
Eh... yes and no. Mostly no.
Obviously I wasn't in the cockpit and don't know what the HSI was showing, but given the other tools available (magnetic compass, runway signs, runway markings on pavement), it seems difficult for someone with a PPL or more to be unable to determine the runway direction not once but twice
Would I trust and expect safe operations near this pilot when it comes to topics like traffic pattern directions, right-of-way, standard hold directions, etc.? Yes and no. Mostly no.