aw, that's not a "sign of times"...people do stupid sh*t like that all the time with film and paper. I worked in a lab about 20 yrs ago and a guy brought in a paper bag with a couple of rolls of film in it and he didn't even wind the film back into the cartridges...he just took the 35mm right out of the camera and stuffed into this brown lunch sack. Had about three rolls of film in there, all ruined--I asked if he knew film was light sensitive and explained how to rewind the camera, and he just shrugged and said he wondered what that little knob was for...

people are stupid, ya know? even at work--had some guy with a dang PHD act as a courier to bring a box of exposed 4x5 neg film over from one studio to the next--on the way he opens the box and pulls out the sheets, so when he gets to our studio, he just hands us the sheets and sez, here's your film...we just laughed our asses off and told him what a knucklehead he was...

then there's this conservator. we get this old studio camera and a bunch of holders from a donor and he sees those flaps on the old wooden film holders had become brittle with age, but he figures the flaps aren't meant to be opened like you'd load a sheet of film. So he glues all the holders shut and then proclaims that he has "fixed" them. Again--we laugh...oh, almost in pain from laughing so hard.... But, then we have to explain to them how sheet film holders and view cameras work...so of course, being a conservator all this can be reversed, so there's no damage, but still....

people are stupid when it comes to film & paper...