I'm sorry that I'm the one that has to tell you this, but people start programming the year 2004 and I believe we can expect more people to start programming in the future. I bet someone somewhere just recently wrote his first hello world program. So I'm not surprised that issues like this is brought up again. Most of us has different stages we go through as a (Perl) programmer. Giving this any serious consideration may be one of them. This isn't a trivial issue for many, and trying to understand how it currently works is something that should be encouraged IMHO as it'll give greater understanding for how Perl works, even though the behaviour isn't defined. All kinds of enlightenment should be encouraged and not ridiculed.
And there you have it. Works as in C.
Unfortunately, not everyone knows C.
You have apparently spelled this out several times, so I recommend you to send a documentation patch for perlop that clarifies what "as in C" really means if this upsets you so much. Then you've done some real good. Frankly, I don't see what there is to get upset about. He is just a guy that wants to explore Perl.