OK, so, groovy job prospect out there. Something I'd be great at, matches my abilities, and for a great employer. In putting together the application, I need some recent writing samples.
Now, I've got tons of copies of things from 2+ years ago, but seeing as how I didn't anticipate getting laid off in May, I didn't actually preserve copies of the dozens of press releases I wrote the previous two years. Still, no worries, right? Contact former employer and ask for e-copies. I know they have them, I archived them. The entire process could take as few as 2 or 3 minutes, and at most 10-15 minutes.
Is this caring behavior? Not to me it isn't. Color me damned disappointed.