If we do not have to pay for a particular thing, it can be easily wasted!When people do not have to pay anything for a particular service/object, they don't care much if it is wasted. I was observing the activities of many people standing in the queue of the railways reservation counter and found that many reservation/cancellation requisition forms are wasted because of their casual approach. They do not read properly what is written on the form and argue with the persons managing the counter. After filling up the forms wrongly few times, they are discarding it because it's of no use and this waste is not so less. I think a lot of paper is wasted in this system and the railways must also be thinking of some other ways to reduce this wastage. One option maybe to introduce automatic ticket vending machines for reservations, though the viabilities of using it has to be studied thoroughly.
There were many threads in the past regarding particular wastes and it is found that people are not careful enough to think about the future. I found these incidents at the ticket counter quite disturbing, though if we give it a deeper look it will be found that we care less about others' money. In offices/public places, it is requested to switch off the lights and fans when they are not in use but people do use it unnecessarily also. The same people become cautious when it occurs in their own home because in that case they have to pay their electricity bill. It seems that public properties or services can be wasted when you do not have to pay anything.