The thing I remember most about my childhood cameras wasn't the limited film, but the limited number of flashes. The cameras that used one time use burst flashes that had a very distinct smell. I wanna say I was using them in the very early 90s :D Good times.
Clearly no one teaches or explains the idea of a hypothetical scenario in schools any more. Anyone watching this thinking, "This could never happen" needs to jump off a cliff, preferably one that is at least 2 kilometers deep.