Originally Posted by AKAWhatALyfe
... Player C said "He's folded" and puts his own cards ontop of Player A's cards and throws them towards the dealer. Player A sits back down once he's grabbed the drink and says "What's going on, I haven't folded"? Player C helps Player A take the bottom two cards from the 4 mucked cards and Player A checks they are his cards and puts them back infront of him....
Player A's hand has to be dead at this point.
Player C should either be sternly warned or simply thrown out (although if there's no floor at 6 am, I have some doubts about there being much Security available, either).
Dealer was indeed weak, and if there's no floor, he should have acted as floor (and made a better decision).
Where was this? (Apparently somewhere in the UK.)
As far as a hand being killed simply by being touched by others' discards, if you sit in the 5 or 6 seats, you will fairly frequently have to fend off misaimed discards from the end seats (2,3 and 8,9). Even putting a chip on your cards may not be sufficient to prevent problems. Merely grazing your hand certainly shouldn't be enough to kill it (another stupid, modern, super-technical, anti-common-sense rules overstatement)(/rant), but if the cards intermix to where there's serious doubt about which cards are whose, they're generally dead, and should be. Letting a player sort through four cards, and decide which two were his, just isn't a good idea.