Perhaps this needs to be added over in the "making the rules simpler" thread as a suggestion for OB and for the good of mankind?
If every player is supposed to rake a bunker post use, so that it is pristine for the next player, and they actually did so, then there would never be an issue.
If a footprint occurs and you end up in it ........ then you simply mark and lift the ball, rake the area smooth and then drop the ball where the footprint was previously, and simply play on.
Why should you be penalised with a bad lie, which was caused from an action by someone else who is not doing the right thing, when, had they done the right thing in the first place, it would not have resulted in the aforementioned issue?
As for Robbie, if you play on courses where you follow the great unwashed around, you have to expect that at the moment, until they bring back public executions anyway.
If the world's top golfers, playing for mega-bucks, found themselves in an imperfectly prepared bunker, there'd be hell to pay. Heads would roll.
So, why should plebs like ordinary golfers have to tolerate footprints, animal droppings and even sticks in our bunkers ?
Yes, lift the ball, fix the bunker and replace the ball.
Or, at the cost of one stroke, drop out of the bunker.
It all makes sense to me.