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Gato1486

9.5k points

13 days ago

Gato1486

9.5k points

13 days ago

That's cool! Though I imagine getting that back with your vacation pics would be creepy lol.

beapledude

4.9k points

13 days ago

beapledude

4.9k points

13 days ago

Not as creepy as the actual vacation pics.

Source: worked at a photo lab.

Letterchrome

1.3k points

13 days ago

Sounds like 1 Hour Photo

sunofnothing_

86 points

13 days ago

I remember a local band years ago getting interviewed by the police after taking blurry pics of themselves kneeling with hand guns in their mouths in the park. It was for their album art but the photo place got freaked out

xwarslayerx

24 points

13 days ago

sir, you go some splainin to do..

Unsere_rettung

2.2k points

13 days ago

My first job was working at a 1 hour photo place.

One time I had to report a guy because he had pics of naked kids in very disturbing poses. I was only 16 and and didn't know what would happen. The next day FBI came to my shop asking for all the info and stuff. We had to make a second set of prints so that the FBI could take them.

Not sure what happened to the guy

Hyperi0us

2.3k points

13 days ago

Hyperi0us

2.3k points

13 days ago

Similar story here, but working as a tech retail store IT desk guy.

Customer wanted us to do a hard drive transfer for him to a new laptop, pretty standard service.

I began transferring the pictures folder and wondered why it was like 180GB (this was back in the XP days, so that was ungodly huge). Turned out that it was completely filled with some of the most grotesque and violent CP ever encountered by the FBI guy that came in to look at it.

We called the guy to have him pick up the laptop later that day after the FBI staged some of their plainclothes officers in the store. He walked in, walked to our desk, told us his name and paid for the service, only to be tackled before he could pick up the laptop off the desk and escorted out in cuffs. FBI took the laptop and said I may be contacted as a witness. Never was, so I guess the POS pled no contest.

ersatzgott

552 points

13 days ago*

I used to buy used harddrives on the internet to do test my data recovery skills. Oh boy, did I regret that.

One 320 GB 2.5" harddrive was filled with CP images. So I took it to the police to report it. They first started investigating ME, because I've been the one who was in pesession of the drive at that time.

But good news: I got free and the seller got busted, with 'my' drive plus the ones he had in his home.

Edit: When I think about why they did investigate in me. That's our laws here in Germany. We have two types of criminal offenses here.

  1. Antragsdelikt - Offenses you have to report & claim an investigation (press charges)
  2. Offizialdelikt - Offenses the police has to investigate, as soon as they are aware of it

In this case it was the latter. Technically I've been in posession of CP (even though it was kind of involuntarily ) so they were forced to investigate

LankyTomato

192 points

13 days ago

how far did investigating you go? did they raid your place and take all your computer stuff?

ersatzgott

358 points

13 days ago

ersatzgott

358 points

13 days ago

They took everything you could store data on. My computers, notebooks, harddrives and so on. After not finding anything on my drives they actually started to investigate in the seller. Probably because my story started to make sense to them.

couferson

49 points

13 days ago

Did you get all your hardware back still working etc? I hope so!

ersatzgott

66 points

13 days ago

Everything worked fine when I got it back. Nothing was lost. But that's what I was afraid of the most.

LankyTomato

162 points

13 days ago

that's annoying. wonder if they would have done anything if you had torrents or something. why would someone guilty of child porn bring an hdd to the police and be like 'uhh, there is cp on this'?

Foggy_Prophet

87 points

13 days ago

Maybe just to rule out the possibility that he's trying to frame someone he has a grudge against.

ersatzgott

79 points

13 days ago

Who knows what German police thinks in this case. I actually never thought this would happen

Starrystars

123 points

13 days ago

Probably a bunch of reasons. You could be trying to frame the seller with it or some kind of revenge. Realistically it makes sense to investigate both the buyer and the seller.

TheAussieBoo

118 points

13 days ago

Lmao why would they think someone would be dumb enough to hand their own stash into the police.

ersatzgott

86 points

13 days ago

You should ask the German police...I absolutely don't have an answer to that question

RubertVonRubens

114 points

13 days ago

If someone shows up with CP, it's probably worth at least asking the question "where did you get it" and then confirming the veracity of the answer.

TheAussieBoo

43 points

13 days ago

Yeah, I completely understand of course. I can't help but imagine some dingdong turning in his own collection to the police with the thought process that they'll never expect him and then having it backfire on him.

DannyDubDub

1.9k points

13 days ago

DannyDubDub

1.9k points

13 days ago

The way you made him pay for the service before he got tackled is fantastic.

MechaSkippy

1.3k points

13 days ago

MechaSkippy

1.3k points

13 days ago

I think that was to legally confirm that it was his property. Otherwise, he could inject doubt that it was his. “Oh, I went to pick up a different laptop, that one wasn’t mine.”

pizzafourlife

550 points

13 days ago

In legal cases chain of custody can be everything

Ohh_Yeah

193 points

13 days ago

Ohh_Yeah

193 points

13 days ago

This is largely the reason it's so hard to catch people who order illegal things from the dark web. Unless the govt has really good forensic evidence, there's no good way to prove that a person was the one who ordered the illegal thing to their house. There are stories of people getting called by the post office to "come pick up their package" and they just say "I didn't order anything, must be a mistake"

KamikazeChief

132 points

13 days ago

I have a close call weed story on that front (UK) . Bought some weed from a new vendor I hadn't used before because a dark market had just exit scammed with everyone's money. So 9 days went by with no package.

I put in a dispute and the vendor apologised and said they had forgotten to send my order out. Three days later I get a card from the post office saying £1.60 ($2.00) was underpaid on the postage. I knew it was literally half ounce of weed so the NCA (our FBI) was hardly gonna be there.

When I paid the amount due they brought it out for me and I could clearly smell the weed through the package. I can't see how they missed the smell but I went on my merry way.

They were either fellow weed smokers or just didn't care. Needless to say I didn't use that vendor again.

wheredmyphonegotho

90 points

13 days ago

I prefer frozen yogurt over custardy

I_make_things

28 points

13 days ago

The yogurt is also cursed.

Hyperi0us

151 points

13 days ago

Hyperi0us

151 points

13 days ago

Hey man, I was a poor highschool student, I don't work for free.

moonflower_C16H17N3O

13 points

13 days ago

You got commission?

BendItLikeBlender

51 points

13 days ago

I won’t go over my story because your experience is the exact same as mine working in retail IT. I’ve heard a few similar stories over the years working at the Nerd Herd.

LostandAl0n3

19 points

13 days ago

So you illegally opened a paying customers files?

Is what my boss would say -_-

OutlanderMom

117 points

13 days ago*

I’m glad you called the cops on him! I took naked pictures of my babies, lying on a blanket or sitting in the baby bathtub. Nothing really showing but they were obviously naked. I never got questioned or interviewed by the police. But one time my pictures came back with big black stickers over the nudie parts. My kids are all grown now and those pics are precious - gummy smiles, rolls of fat like the Michelin Man, and a dollop of soap suds on their wispy hair.

BodyUnable

55 points

13 days ago

But one time my pictures came back with big black stickers over the nudie parts.

Actual stickers though, so you could at least remove them? Sounds really silly either way, if it's evident they were your own kids.

Cheeseiswhite

58 points

13 days ago

Yeah, I've never seen CP before, but I've definitely seen candids of naked kids. The little kids fucking hate clothes.

Car-Facts

28 points

13 days ago

The term is lewd and lascivious. Not all pics or underage children are CP. It depends on the context of the photo and/or the actions taken by the viewer when looking at them.

OutlanderMom

14 points

13 days ago

We lived in the tropics when my kids were small. So just a diaper or undies around the house. When we moved to a place that had winter, they hated having to wear all those clothes and shoes!

JBSquared

5 points

13 days ago

Oh my god, I was babysitting a kid once, we went to the park and I swear he took every chance he could to lose his pants

OutlanderMom

9 points

13 days ago

The stickers peeled off, so I assume it was to cover their liability if I later was investigated for CP.

Plantsandanger

47 points

13 days ago

Sadly a lot of cp is produced by parents and relatives. Also that store might have a policy that any nudity is covered, especially underage nudity. My yearbooks at school had us send in baby pics to put in and they covered all genitals, nipples, and butt cracks with little teddy bear stickers - I assumed it was because kids are immature and would laugh but now as an adult I imagine it’s just easier to (literally) cover your ass. I do hope the stickers were removable though because it kind of makes the photo weird lol

I have so many photos that, if developed today, would probably cause the developer to think “uhhh” but I just HATED clothes and thought it was hilarious to pee outdoors so there’s tons of photos with me covered in face paint or mud and squatting in the yard with a silly face at like age 5.... after that I think they made me start at least wearing underwear reliable because school haha the only photos of me in even some clothing as a kid are me in dress up costumes

TheMissingLegoPiece

69 points

13 days ago

You'd think someone with that much god damn porn would never set foot in a computer repair shop. Kind of like how someone dealing weed would never walk into a police station to pay off a parking ticket, reeking of weed.

Tanthalason

60 points

13 days ago

Boss...people in this world are not smart. The average IQ in this world ain't great...and thats the average...which means there's a WHOLE Lotta people that are worse.

Chromattix

32 points

13 days ago

God your'e telling me. I can't believe how many idiots I encounter almost every day. I was always pretty insecure about my own intelligence growing up, feeling like everyone else had it all figured out. But damn I was not prepared for the possibility that I might just be average which means half of everyone I meet is even stupider than what I thought was a pretty low standard.

keklifter

22 points

13 days ago

The average IQ is by definition 100.

Sulpfiction

6 points

13 days ago

Or killing someone and trying to sell their organs to a hospital as “fresh”.

curious-experiences

32 points

13 days ago

You’d be surprised how clueless people become to the outside world when they are deep in it. My son’s dad showed up to a parent-teachers meeting reeking of weed, stains on his coat and food in his beard. At least it made me look more respectable than usual. (Sigh)

PurSolutions

18 points

13 days ago

Nothing illegal to stink like weed ...

Just don't stink like weed with drugs on you

meow_746

56 points

13 days ago

meow_746

56 points

13 days ago

Had almost the same thing happen to me. I first notified my boss and he told me to delete it and act like no data was recoverable.

Taking a 'smoke break' immediately afterward to walk down the street and call the fbi was one of the more stressful moments of my life.

joeChump

31 points

13 days ago*

My dad was Environmental Health (UK). I used to read the EHO magazine sometimes (must have been before the internet.) Remember this story of a woman who complained she had noisy neighbours so the council noise abatement department lent her a specialist machine which measures and records noise for evidence. If the levels are too high then the neighbours can get action taken against them etc. They went in and set it up for her etc, then it’s left for a few days to do its job. But later that day the council guys get a call from the local pawn shop saying a woman came in trying to sell them a specialist machine with their markings all over it. Pawn shop guy told her to come back later as he needed to research the machine to get a fair price. When she came back the police were waiting. Best bit is because it was a machine designed to record sound it had also recorded her trying to sell it. Happy days.

rider_of_the_storm

74 points

13 days ago

Been in IT myself a long time and like you had this experience. Recovering data from a corrupt drive to a new drive. Found a huge folder and went to check what type of data it was (if it was logs etc I would bypass it) nope all CP. reported to my manager and the company owner. I wanted to call the cops as I felt we had an obligation. I was told “no, we don’t look at the data”. I wasn’t amused but was young then and wasn’t losing my good paying job by disobeying the orders I was given. In hindsight I wish I had called anyway.

Siphyre

102 points

13 days ago

Siphyre

102 points

13 days ago

They should make it mandatory to report CP and other such crimes when you see them. For any profession.

rider_of_the_storm

41 points

13 days ago

I agree, this comment thread reminded of that and It still pisses me off as we should have reported it in my mind. And even if not every profession I think IT, when touching data like that should be a mandatory reporter. They should be on the mandatory reporter list as teachers, therapists etc...... if you have potential contact with that stuff or kids who may confide in you then it should be mandatory.

hEdgehogs_RUle

231 points

13 days ago

Omg how awful. I remember as a kid me and my friend were waiting for my photos and she dared me to open a randoms and boy did I regret that, first picture I seen was a grown man in heels and leg nylons butt completely out I was like ok I don't want to play this game anymore I was like 9 being a dumb nosey kid lol...

Conductor_of_Ass

60 points

13 days ago

Lol at least it was just man ass, could have been worse

hEdgehogs_RUle

29 points

13 days ago

Right lol we got embarrassed and just shoved the stack of pics quickly back in the droor didn't even dare to flip a new one lol yikes.

bling-blaow

30 points

13 days ago

Eh, I think having a cross-dressing kink is infinitely more defensible than being a pedophile.

Paula92

7 points

13 days ago

Paula92

7 points

13 days ago

I don’t think anyone is arguing against that, but for a kid it’s a little startling.

SensitiveAvocado

7 points

13 days ago

Lmao omg. To be a one hour photo developer in the 90s-2000s must have been interesting.

Cheeseiswhite

43 points

13 days ago

Picturing you destroying ruining your innocence by invading someone's privacy is pretty funny though.

hEdgehogs_RUle

46 points

13 days ago

It was instant karma and a lesson to mind my own business lol

thiney49

47 points

13 days ago

thiney49

47 points

13 days ago

Being a dumb kid, I once took a lot of naked pictures of my sister and I, when we were like 5 and 6. We definitely got a talking to after those were developed.

OperativePiGuy

44 points

13 days ago

That'd pretty much be my main fear in handling photos for people. So many nudes and criminal stuff is probably sent through those services.

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45 points

13 days ago

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45 points

13 days ago

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Djkayallday

39 points

13 days ago

So digital photography caused the explosion of poorly lit dick pics we all know and love today?

All_Work_All_Play

23 points

13 days ago

Naw the social acceptance of hookup sites did that. That and thirsty men adopting the Nigerian Prince approach to marketing themselves.

Djkayallday

5 points

13 days ago

Ah yes the quantity over quality route.

overindulgent

40 points

13 days ago*

Can confirm. I’ve taken some risqué photos and gotten some strange looks from the photo lab people.

WholesomeNerd13

18 points

13 days ago

What would be creepy about vacation pics?? Wouldn't it just be people at the beach or skiing or somethin'?

RichtofenFanBoy

35 points

13 days ago

It’s always people thinking they look sexy but in reality just looks like pics a serial killer would take before he killed them. I swear it was always like the saw movies lighting lol

beapledude

47 points

13 days ago

Skiing... WITH GHOSTS!!

creepy

Gato1486

9 points

13 days ago

Very fair.

maxx2w

12 points

13 days ago

maxx2w

12 points

13 days ago

Tell us a story please

[deleted]

8 points

13 days ago

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8 points

13 days ago

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inthevendingmachine

28 points

13 days ago

Yer um... yer cat just walked across the keyboard apparently.

OptimusSublime

21 points

13 days ago

What was creepy?

beapledude

83 points

13 days ago

Maybe not creepy. But I had a couple with a piss kink who came in all the time.

Shneancy

80 points

13 days ago

Shneancy

80 points

13 days ago

huh, if I wanted to print/develop photos of my sex life I'd probably just learn how to do it on my own

RowdyWrongdoer

133 points

13 days ago

Part of the kink was someone else developing the pictures.

Opening-Thought-5736

16 points

13 days ago

I was a kid in the '80s and a young adult in the 90s. So many people took their intimate photography to the photo labs because that was the only way to get anything printed

There was generally an unspoken don't ask don't tell and look away policy between grown adults and the photo lab people

As noted here photo labs did have to deal with a lot including making tough judgment calls about ethics and morality. I don't envy that job at the time

But if you were consenting adults doing whatever, with other people who are clearly adults as well, you just didn't tell, they just didn't ask, and everyone looked away when they handed you your photo packet

Shneancy

10 points

13 days ago

Shneancy

10 points

13 days ago

damn, I can't even imagine looking at a photo series and having to ask myself "alright are those people just into some weird shit or should I call the police asap"

SilverDem0n

24 points

13 days ago

They also had an exhibitionist kink it would seem

beapledude

40 points

13 days ago

You’d be surprised how many people thought I didn’t see the pictures or, like, wasn’t allowed to.

RichtofenFanBoy

14 points

13 days ago

I use to develop photos at Walgreens when I was a senior in HS. Let’s just say I’m glad people have smart phones now lmao.

Krimreaper1

116 points

13 days ago

Not as creepy as a photo of one of the hotel staff with your toothbrush up their ass. Which is something that somewhat frequently happened.

Gato1486

81 points

13 days ago

Gato1486

81 points

13 days ago

Don't be a dick to hotel staff. It's the one urban legend that's turned out true!

_bones__

64 points

13 days ago

_bones__

64 points

13 days ago

That or dip the toothbrush in pepper spray and keep your real tooth brush in your luggage or something.

Krimreaper1

28 points

13 days ago

Someone from my college spring break trip to Jamaica had it happen to them. At least that what I remember.

Gato1486

19 points

13 days ago

Gato1486

19 points

13 days ago

Not surprised. From what I've heard, the locals don't care for tourists much.

JohnTitorsdaughter

10 points

13 days ago

I worked in a hotel where the Barman loved unattended cameras (pre digital). He would do this thing called the Spanish bangle, where he would wrap his dick around his wrist and take a photo.

UND1SPUTED_B0SS

65 points

13 days ago

Reminds me of a story I heard on a podcast before. In the 1990's before the Internet was around, a couple traveled to a small town in California for their birthday get away. They stayed at a Bed-and-Breakfast place owned by an older couple. They visited the local town and took pictures with their disposable camera. They mentioned that the town sucked since there wasn't much to do. Pre-internet times so it was a gamble visiting places. Years later, the person telling the story, she mentioned that she was cleaning out her place and realized that she never developed her pictures from her trip to the small town. She took her roll of film to those 1hr develop places back in the day, she was looking at her pictures in her car. She seen a picture of her and her boyfriend laying in bed together with their eyes closed. She kept staring at it trying to figure it out. It took her a while to realize that they were both asleep and someone took that picture while they were in bed at the Bed-and-Breakfast place!

phantom_tweak

33 points

13 days ago

I remember going down the rabbit hole of stories where hikers/campers would go to sleep in their tents & find pictures of them sleeping on their cameras. I remember some being in the middle of nowhere in the mountains. Creepy stuff, wish I could give it a read again. Ever since reading those I buy those toy locks & put them through both the zippers on my tent when I camp. (Yea someone could cut the tent, but that’s dedication.)

lonewilly

5 points

13 days ago

This ain’t cool it’s depressing af. What a shitty job

angrystephen1212

11.4k points

13 days ago

Slap an explicit sticker on there and you get a pretty good album cover

MKUltraVioletlight

1.8k points

13 days ago

Tipper Gore, what a dope. I used to buy the records BECAUSE it had that stupid sticker on it.

flyermiles_dot_ca

243 points

13 days ago

"That's why weee looove yoooouuu, Tipper Goooooore!"

RobotTimeTraveller

344 points

13 days ago*

That's almost like the mid-90's when Sen. Joseph Lieberman decided to head a Congressional committee to ban all acts of violence and debauchery (drinking, smoking, sex, etc...) from video games. He even got Captain Kangaroo to sit beside him during the news conferences. It was a real spectacle.

And yet, in spite of all the bloviation and chest-thumping and politicking , what resulted was less an outright ban, and more of an agreement that the game industry would police their own. Thus, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was born.

The funny part is, it all amounted to little more than slapping a label on the side of the box that no one really paid any attention to anyway. Some people were even buying games because they had mature-only ratings on them. The only real change (and the funniest part) was that this tiny little label now provided the game industry with the perfect excuse for making even more violent video games.

"What do you mean you were mortified by the gory, blood-soaked, violence in this game you bought for your 10 year old grandson? Didn't you see the M rating on the side of the box?"

It shifted all the blame away from the game industry, and put it on the parents instead. Even squeamish companies like Nintendo, who were always worried about their public image, began including more violence in their video games because why not. It was no longer their responsibility.

I doubt anything would have changed had Sen. Lieberman not decided to grandstand so much, but I'd like to think his actions accelerated the outcome.

aaj617

125 points

13 days ago

aaj617

125 points

13 days ago

The hot coffee moral panic was hilarious and I love how the Statue of Liberty in GTA IV was loosely modeled after Hilary Clinton because of her role in that lol

OhioJeeper

42 points

13 days ago

You missed the best part where instead of a torch the statue is holding a steaming cup of hot coffee lol.

LittlestOtter

12 points

13 days ago

Holy shit it's been a while since I've heard about the hot coffee mod. That takes me way back haha

aaj617

14 points

13 days ago

aaj617

14 points

13 days ago

Lmao right. It's like we'd literally just seen 9/11 on live TV as children a couple years back and suddenly we're too delicate to handle some blocky characters bumping uglies like ???

LittlestOtter

19 points

13 days ago

"You kids are definitely too young and impressionable to see crappy, pixelated grinding. Why don't you go watch non-stop airstrikes on the TV. Mission accomplished."

PUTINS_PORN_ACCOUNT

21 points

13 days ago

Yeah they learned from Vietnam not to show the small folk the reality of war. We mainly just heard reports about The Bad Guys and how many flags we were supposed to lodge in our anuses to show the requisite degree of patriotic fervor

cd2220

5 points

13 days ago

cd2220

5 points

13 days ago

I'll never get over the Hot Coffee thing. You literally had to modify your console to even be able to do that. It's insane that it got an AO rating for that.

h00ter7

50 points

13 days ago

h00ter7

50 points

13 days ago

I remember my mom talking about the Hot Coffee mod and how I wasn’t allowed to play GTA anymore(I never did end up playing SA)... I chose not to mention that I had already seen the content from the mod and that I still preferred playing those fucking weird anime/hentai sex games on ebaumsworld.

Teranyll

14 points

13 days ago

Teranyll

14 points

13 days ago

A man after my own heart 😋

aaj617

12 points

13 days ago

aaj617

12 points

13 days ago

Holy shit lmao ebaumsworld is a whole vibe. Is it still around?

mikerichh

117 points

13 days ago

mikerichh

117 points

13 days ago

So glad i just listened to the you’rewrongabout podcast on tipper. I learned a lot!

five99one

33 points

13 days ago

I have a lot more respect for Dee Snider now.

bestwrapperalive

131 points

13 days ago

Fuck you Ms. Cheney fuck you tipper gore. Fuck you with the freedom of speech the United States government is sworn to uphold or so were told.

-eminem

SorryScratch2755

48 points

13 days ago

Frank Zappa rules.

nicroma

4 points

13 days ago

nicroma

4 points

13 days ago

I miss Frank.

bigbear75

59 points

13 days ago

All hail Dee Snider!

Lizzy-Esquire

23 points

13 days ago

Don't forget about John fucking Denver and Frank Zappa

iUsedtoHadHerpes

13 points

13 days ago

*Sunshine On My Goddamn Shoulders John Fucking Denver

moeburn

19 points

13 days ago

moeburn

19 points

13 days ago

He wants to make the warnings on the packs bigger. Yeah! He wants the whole front of the pack to be the warning. Like the problem is we just haven't noticed yet. Right? Like he's going to get his way and all of the sudden smokers around the world are going to be going, "Yeah, Bill, I've got some cigarettes.. HOLY SHIT! These things are bad for you! Shit, I thought they were good for you! I thought they had Vitamin C in them and stuff!" You fucking dolt! Doesn't matter how big the warnings are. You could have cigarettes that were called "Warnings". You could have cigarrets that come in a black pack, with a skull and a cross bone on the front, called "Tumors" and smokers would be lined up around the block going, "I can't wait to get my hands on these fucking things! I bet you get a tumor as soon as you light up!"

waynejefferson

243 points

13 days ago

fromcj

53 points

13 days ago

fromcj

53 points

13 days ago

Oh shit is this the new RATM album

tnick771

23 points

13 days ago

tnick771

23 points

13 days ago

This one is better than the one with text.

tomtom872872

148 points

13 days ago

Damn now I want to make an album just to use this cover and call it something like “factory-made” or “mass produced”

TheThinkingMansPenis

41 points

13 days ago

Factory Records... *cue the 24-hour party people*

maxlot13

4 points

13 days ago

What a great reference. Thank you and may you have a pleasant rest of your day.

itim__office

816 points

13 days ago

SemiContagious

110 points

13 days ago

BASK_IN_MY_FART

69 points

13 days ago

I'll take Anal Bum Covers for 600, Alex

Dildo_Baggins__

113 points

13 days ago

When's the album droppin?

YuGiOhippie

78 points

13 days ago

well, we've got the cover, now we just need talented musicians, a studio to record them and a manager with great contacts, somaybe give us a week or two?

shit_poster_69_420

29 points

13 days ago

If you build it, they will come.

Hellfiya

472 points

13 days ago

Hellfiya

472 points

13 days ago

Santa’s little elves look a lot different in real life

imwco

111 points

13 days ago

imwco

111 points

13 days ago

Apparently Santa's little elves are asian folk and live in the east pole -- give thanks!

NuclearEnt

1.4k points

13 days ago

NuclearEnt

1.4k points

13 days ago

What I don’t get about this is that with a new disposable camera, you have to spin the wheel a bunch of times before you can take your first picture so this is very unusual.

Hyippy

974 points

13 days ago

Hyippy

974 points

13 days ago

I'm gonna take a stab at a guess. Maybe it needs to be clicked once so it's at the start of the click, roll, click cycle. But they obviously don't want it to be ready to click at first as that would put a usable part of the film in an area where it might be easier for light to get to it. So the initial piece of film is inactive they do a click at the factory then you scroll it to the active part and make your first click.

In this case the film was loaded incorrectly so when the factory worker did the initial click it actually took a picture. Then this piece of film sat partially exposed during shipping etc. Which is why it's so washed out from light leaking in.

analogoverdose

340 points

13 days ago

that "wash" is not indicative of light leaks, more like under exposure which would make sense since the flash was not triggered. If the film was exposed for that whole time it would have been way over exposed. Those disposable cameras have a fixed lens / shutter speed, the only thing you can change is the flash and since it wasn't used in this shot, it explains the green tones you see which is typical of under exposed negatives

Hatchet546

69 points

13 days ago

Here's an award

Hobo_I_Am_Ur_Father

175 points

13 days ago*

I think you just solved this mystery, friend.

I always wait to give out awards until I find a truly helpful comment instead of a clever one-liner. I appreciate you.

Hyippy

22 points

13 days ago

Hyippy

22 points

13 days ago

Thanks, I was just hoping what I was trying to say made sense.

Thessyyy

170 points

13 days ago

Thessyyy

170 points

13 days ago

It sort of makes you wonder if it was deliberate

YaGranPapi

25 points

13 days ago

Could be that they pre-wind immediately after they take a photo. I use disposables a ton and bring them to most events. I hate winding the camera while people are posing or wasting time for a quick photo, so when I take a photo, I immediately wind the camera for the next photo.

ZacBalZac

1.1k points

13 days ago

ZacBalZac

1.1k points

13 days ago

Wonder why they decided conductor style hats were a need.

ThePrometheusX

709 points

13 days ago

Ladies on the production line. Long hair is easy to pack into those.

Vassukhanni

358 points

13 days ago

It's wild to see how far most people in the west have been removed from industrial production. I bet 120 years ago this photo would have been exceptionally mundane (besides it being in color) to the average North American or Western European.

ThePrometheusX

99 points

13 days ago

True that. I'm from second world country which is still somewhat trying to be in both worlds. Probably by today's standards, failing in both miserably.

awayfromtheexplosion

178 points

13 days ago

these hats are the standard factory outfit for workers. Customers have to wear the same thing. The color indicates your status in the factory. In the factories I've been in, Yellow was for factory workers, blue was for engineers, green for vendors, and white for customers. other factories have different color identifiers.

hamsternuts69

20 points

13 days ago

This is the same and color of hard hats for construction sites. Always watch out for white hats bc they were the supervisors

LoveHeavyGunner

8 points

13 days ago

I work at a car manufacturing factory and we all wear yellow hats with stripes on them. Green stripe means new person, yellow stripe is just normal employee, blue stripe for supervisor. Also white hats for management though!

aldehyde

24 points

13 days ago

aldehyde

24 points

13 days ago

Oh that's interesting, I've visited China to teach at a site for my company a few times and the manufacturing workers there all wear blue.

hex4def6

5 points

13 days ago

Yep!

Some companies have yellow for customers, white for line workers, and blue for engineers. Just depends on the factory.

What sucks is the flip flops; they never have size 12... :(

tehreal

74 points

13 days ago

tehreal

74 points

13 days ago

Oh you mean visiting customers. I've burned through quite a few disposable cameras and I never got a hat 😭

KingKaos420-

112 points

13 days ago

People still make disposable cameras?

luke_in_the_sky

86 points

13 days ago

As long people still buy disposable cameras...

MMoney2112

52 points

13 days ago

People still buy disposable cameras?

ColoradoNudist

35 points

13 days ago

I do. I like the look of film photos but don't want to invest in a quality camera and a bunch of film so I just buy a disposable camera anytime I'm going on a trip somewhere cool.

I've gotten some really great shots with them; I feel like the inability to do any manual adjustments or see how the photo will turn out gives an element of randomness and authenticity to them, and the fact that I get a very limited number of tries for a good one makes me slow down and appreciate moments and places more.

brainboru

33 points

13 days ago

As long people still want disposable cameras...

Another_Adventure

17 points

13 days ago

People still want disposable cameras?

Pat0124

18 points

13 days ago*

Pat0124

18 points

13 days ago*

As long as they keep making them

LEJ5512

12 points

13 days ago

LEJ5512

12 points

13 days ago

People still mak... oh ok

ubercue

20 points

13 days ago

ubercue

20 points

13 days ago

I've seen them used at wedding receptions where each table has a few. People use them to take pics all night then give them back and the married couple get a bunch of random pics afterward.

Say_Whatt

112 points

13 days ago

Say_Whatt

112 points

13 days ago

A friend of mine once won a cheap no name phone at a fair. After taking a picture of him I looked at the gallery and two guys from the assembly lines had taken selfies with it on the assembly line.

owlpangolin

24 points

13 days ago

They actually test the cameras that way, so if there were only a few they just forgot to wipe it.

fentimelon

24 points

13 days ago

Assembly line

Freeze_Her

18 points

13 days ago

I always love those accidental pics. It’s a little window in another world.

[deleted]

669 points

13 days ago

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669 points

13 days ago

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person-ontheinternet

372 points

13 days ago

help

NariGenghis

74 points

13 days ago

Lol I thought the same when I first looked at the pic.

Randomeda

48 points

13 days ago

It's an assembly line?

TheStillPotato

1.3k points

13 days ago

Are you sure it's not someone sending out an SOS?

agentfromthepast

74 points

13 days ago

I hope that someone gets my

message in a bottle.

Thinh__

21 points

13 days ago

Thinh__

21 points

13 days ago

a year has passed since I wrote my note

Man_On-The_Moon

5 points

13 days ago

Walked out this morning, I don't believe what I saw Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore Seems I'm not alone at being alone

tvmysteries

301 points

13 days ago

Also someone said you have to spin the wheel a bunch before you can use a disposable camera so its very unlikely its an accident

CombatMuffin

118 points

13 days ago

And yet still plausible: they produce hundreds of thousands of them. Even if the chance of one defective camera was 0.0001%, that's one camera that will take it.

doodlez420

122 points

13 days ago

doodlez420

122 points

13 days ago

Well it’s a not like this happens often so if it is unlikely, it was probably still by accident.

theArtOfProgramming

7 points

13 days ago*

People used to pre-spin them all the time too though

nr1988

130 points

13 days ago

nr1988

130 points

13 days ago

For what reason? Hard to see anything particularly untoward in this picture, it looks like factory assembly set ups that I've seen in America. It's not a picture of chained exits or poor safety measures or workers collapsed from exhaustion

Vassukhanni

118 points

13 days ago*

Most Europeans and Americans are so removed from any actual production that what would once be exceptionally mundane is seen as fascinating and foreign.

bitoftheolinout

56 points

13 days ago

They aren't far removed at all, only blind to it. Look at any meat processing facility to see far worse conditions than that camera factory line.

-H-E-L-I-X-

8 points

13 days ago

Yeah but those are staffed by immigrants. So they’re talking about the privileged people that are still removed from it, even if it’s happening in their backyard.

TrustTheProcess92

6 points

13 days ago

If I’ve learn anything on reddit it’s that people think working in any kind of factory is akin to slavery

Imbackbitchez6969420

78 points

13 days ago

You’ll never believe what our insider cameras caught at the disposable camera manufacturing facility!

jmlinden7

26 points

13 days ago

An assembly line! With people manufacturing stuff! Most likely disposable cameras!

kellyandbjnovakhuh

64 points

13 days ago

How far are some of you from reality?

Factory assembly lines are literally everywhere.

I’m astounded at so many people ITT. I feel like all the people posting are 15 year old white suburban children who don’t know what working is.

SnooEagles3302

23 points

13 days ago

I know! All the conspiracy theories about how this is a cry for help. I know the quality's not great but it just looks like a factory to me there's nothing glaringly dodgy here. And I say this as a 17 year old white suburban child.

gizzardgullet

534 points

13 days ago

Probably not many candid/unauthorized images of the inside of Chinese assembly plants in existence

pinniped1

216 points

13 days ago

pinniped1

216 points

13 days ago

We got a tour of a small electronics factory outside of Shanghai a few years ago. Everybody had to put all phones and other devices into a lockers before going out on the floor. They took both security and cleanliness very seriously. (We were a client.)

xBIGREDDx

37 points

13 days ago

That goes for just about any factory anywhere

mcineri

4 points

13 days ago

mcineri

4 points

13 days ago

My office goes in them all the time! I work for the US government and that’s literally what we do (not now for obvious reasons).

GoSh4rks

4 points

13 days ago

As a customer, I could do anything to my manufacturing line in China, including taking photos.

Things aren't that locked down, and it definitely depends on the factory and your relationship with them. I've even walked the manufacturing line for the GoPro drone, as they were in the same factory and my contact wanted to show off a bit. Each drone that came off that line got flight tested. I didn't try to take any photos there though :).

Forward_Pirate8615

6 points

13 days ago

Some serious ISO

xDm3

6 points

13 days ago

xDm3

6 points

13 days ago

I can see this being a song cover for a Kanye west song

loganparker420

7 points

13 days ago

Years ago I bought a cheap drone and it had a few pictures of the Chinese factory workers who put it together.

b33tinch33ks

211 points

13 days ago

There are no accidents.

GoodSlav09

70 points

13 days ago

-Master Oogway?

Stressful-stoic

49 points

13 days ago

  • Michael Scott

AttilaTheMuun

44 points

13 days ago

All I see are train conductors

DonDemencia

6 points

13 days ago

"Okarin, my stopwatch isn't working"

GoBigJ

49 points

13 days ago

GoBigJ

49 points

13 days ago

What am I looking at? I think I see assembly line workers?

luke_in_the_sky

42 points

13 days ago

GoBigJ

7 points

13 days ago

GoBigJ

7 points

13 days ago

Thank you, the enhanced image definitely helped.

Clau-10

18 points

13 days ago

Clau-10

18 points

13 days ago

Looks like an indie band cover