Just got back from a few days in Seattle. I have been re-educated on how little most people know about photography and using their cameras.
Example A: On top of the space needle at night. Can't even count how many people were confused why their night cityscape shots did not work. Everyone was using flash and/or no tripod. This includes plenty of SLR users. Also, We were staying on the 43rd floor of the Westin facing the Space needle. Opening my curtains at night and facing the space needle you could see the flash bursts going off about every 5 seconds. Do people really think they are going to light up the whole city with their pop up flash!
Example B: Seattle aquarium. Everyone trying to take pictures from 2 feet away from the glass with pop up flash and then chimping in disgust at their pictures of white glare. This includes a 5Dmk2 user with a 17-40L. I tried to help one kid with a Sony by telling him not to use flash and get close to the glass. "I tried but it keeps popping back up!"
There were many other examples, but I am sure I am preaching to the choir here. I just can't beleive so many people would spend $700-$3000 on a camera and then not even skim the manual.