And you were right.
When I first got the altar crucifix and candles for each church in the panhandle, I inevitably had someone turning the crucifix towards the people. It was instinctive to do so. The logic behind it? "Father, we should be looking at the front of the crucifix not the back." And you all were right.
However, in that moment, you were making it such that the priest was now reverencing the back of the cross. Again, you're liturgical instincts were correct, which is why now everyone, ad Deum, is facing the altar crucifix.
It's a little thing, but it is an important thing that feels not quite right when it's not quite right.