Many years ago I worked at a camera store. These stories are not made up, they actually happened.
Imagine an average camera store. The scene takes place at the film counter.
“Can I help you sir?”
“Yes, I need some sheet film.”
“What size please?”
“Well, you certainly must want a certain size.”
“No, I don’t.”
A moment of silence. Then, what seems to be the problem solving question.
“What kind of camera do you have?”
“I don’t have a camera.”
“But sir, how do you take your pictures?”
“Oh, that’s easy. I just take the film. Throw it into the air where it will pick up images and then go into my darkroom and develop them.”
“Well, now I understand.”
The guy walked out with the largest sheet film in stock. A happy customer.
And another one…
“I would like to have these reprints made of my negatives.”
The customer hands over a small slip of paper with a bunch of numbers on it.
“Okay sir, but I do need your negatives.”
“No Ma’am, that is okay. I wrote down the negative numbers and the number of reprints I wish to get. This way I won’t have to bother with the negatives.”
“I am sorry sir, but I still need your negatives.”
“Lady, please! I have gotten my pictures here for a long time this way. Just check the numbers.”
“But sir, you must understand that without the negatives I cannot help you.”
He mumbled something about business elsewhere and stormed out.