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Camera #19

September 5, 2006
Temple Square
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 14, 2007
Returned in 190 Days

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March 29, 2007 9:40 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
It had been a couple of months since I had received any new cameras in the mail... I opened up my mail box, and inside there was Camera #5, a bunch of junk mail, and an official letter.

I opened the letter up, and discovered it was from customs. It indicated that they had an item ? a camera - for which they needed receipts and such to figure out how much duty to charge me. And, if I didn't respond within 30 days of the date of the letter, they would destroy it.

Lesson #1: When you buy something in Canada and then mail it from outside of Canada for an art project, make sure to put a customs declaration on it, and indicate that it is for cultural use and has no commercial value.

I then had to dig through all my records to find the original receipt and write a letter to prove that I don't owe anything.

So, I faxed it off, and waited. And waited. And waited...

It was getting close to the deadline, so I was getting worried that my 6th camera would get destroyed and lost forever. I phoned the number on the letter. She had just sent it out. Apparently, the customs agent had been on holidays for a couple of weeks and no one was doing her work for her.

The camera came a couple of days later. I immediately took it to get developed, and when I returned to pick it up, the lady behind the counter told me it was blank!

Lesson #2: Look at the dial on the camera and see how many pictures are left.

Of course I was curious to see where I left the camera that would result in someone mailing it back blank after several months.

And, as you see above, it was left in Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Apparently, the Mormons are nice enough to return such things when they don't want to participate.

October 3, 2007 5:37 am PDT - by Heather (co-photographer, #54)
Oh, the pain! But what a poetic story it makes.

Looking at some of these shots make me wish we had been more artsy. We just kind of took pictures of normal everyday stuff. But on the other hand, it's fun to see how many cameras have similar sets of roadside shots, shots from car windows...it seems like that's what we Americans assume other people will want to look at.

October 3, 2007 5:42 am PDT - by Heather (co-photographer, #54)
*Americans in the broad sense, not meaning U.S. citizens per se. Oops.

April 22, 2008 8:00 am PDT - by Jen
I'm in Salt Lake, if I'd found I would have used it :)

April 22, 2008 6:51 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
I wish that you had!

April 25, 2008 11:05 pm PDT - by jamie (fl)
what a douche! I would've taken pics had I found it and sent it back!

June 5, 2008 11:03 am PDT - by Dana
I live in SLC and know of a few good locations where I could drop off some cameras. Hopefully they will all come back used!

January 10, 2009 8:26 pm PST - by bobzilla
what sad but slightly humorous ,such waste hopeful this is the only blank one .fingers crossed

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