It probably was an honest mistake, i.e. not ill intentioned. But still a mistake/infraction, and one we consistently ignore and make excuses for all the time. Which is why most parts of the ‘Space looks like a friggin’ pigsty or a frat house most of the time. Except where actual enforcement occurs like Machine Shop and Electronics.
In this particular case I am more than a little bothered because:
They were on the laser a really long time. Like all day. I know,because I was waiting. All day. So there was ample time to think about doing what was already understood needed to happen, i.e. take scrap out.
Their projects (and scrap) are really distinctive, as you can see. I am sure more than a few people recognize it, since they left similar pieces the last time, although admittedly they were left in the usable leftover sheet scrap area just a few feet in to the back of the picture. So this is not the first time, really, since leaving unusable scrap, even in the scrap area, is not OK.
Lastly, just depositing these large pieces in the dumpster, as is, is not a great idea either, unless they can lay flat inside it. If they are sticking up or out or positioned diagonally inside, they are taking up room which we need for other garbage, trash, etc. We have exactly the same problem with people who use Multicam on large pieces and don’t cut them down to size with table saw, band saw, or a circular saw.
All this is a lot like driving responsibly…it takes quite a bit, mentally, to drive safely, defensively and legally. It’s not OK to plead ignorance or “I forgot” or “I followed the law a few miles back” to a policeman when you forget or don’t care to notice what the speed limit is…you still get a ticket. This is something we all learned as teenagers…why do we think it’s suddenly OK once we walk into the Makerspace to act worse than teenagers? (I didn’t want some people to have to overtax their brains, so I provided a hint below.)
spoiler: Because in the misguided belief in a sense of faux-community and idiotic notion the “being excellent” means not holding people accountable, the people that are most responsible for insuring rules are followed and penalties enforced consistently signal that in fact, rules don’t really need to be followed at all. It happened in this very thread right in front of your eyes.