Back in the day (College Sophomore 2002)
I worked as a Photo Lab Technician at the local Walmart (Side note, this is the same Walmart where I first met my lovely wife, Amy). Back in the early aughts film development was still a very real thing, as digital cameras were just entering the scene. A big part of this segment was disposable cameras, usually from a wedding or maybe Grandma’s sock drawer with 5 year old film inside. I became a pro at tearing apart those cheap plastic enclosures and salvaging the batteries and film inside. Everyday felt like a new adventure in peeping-tom foolery. As the story goes with one hour photo development, an employee would need to sit with each roll of film and develop it slide by slide, skipping any non-exposed slides, under-exposed messes, or, on occasion, inappropriate slides (for which we would have to leave a “Naughty Note” for the customer in question). This always made for great dialogue while emptying the photo emulsion and other noxious chemicals we dealt with at the end of the night.