So I started work at a movie theater near me recently and I'm still learning the ropes.
Obviously I don't have all the skills necessary to be in charge of anything by myself yet so I rely on my more seasoned coworkers to coach me through some things.
Well, when we close down the concession stand for the night we have various things to do, like put away the cups, wipe down the counters, sweep, mop, stuff like that.
The most important, and hardest thing to do in my opinion, is clean the popper. It takes about an hour to do and that's for someone who's good at it.
It would probably take me two hours to do myself provided I did it correctly.
It involves cleaning the popcorn out of it, taking it apart, cleaning the pieces, cleaning the kettle, and many other steps.
The final step is wheeling it away from the wall and sweeping underneath it before putting it back and shutting it off completely.
I was inching it away from the wall with the help of an experienced coworker when all of the sudden we heard a low rumbling... followed by sparks flying from it onto my clothes.
Low and behold, it wouldn't turn back on. My coworker and I huddled together and discussed which one of our managers was the most easy going or who would take it well.
After putting it back in place and pretending everything was ok,
we continued our duties by sweeping and mopping and things until we finally got the courage to say we basically broke a very expensive machine.
We told a Staff Leader (Shift Leader) and he tried fiddling with it, but with no results. He heaved a sigh and told us the maintenance man would be there the next morning to look at it.
We both were so embarrassed.
One of our Managers came over and said, "So I heard you two caught the popper on fire." The look on my face, oh my god. I thoroughly denied it and went back to work.
Happy ending: it just blew the breaker and after the flip of a switch it went back to normal. APPARENTLY, this happens a lot which terrifies me.
This popper is evil and I hope to never have to clean it alone as long as a I work at the theater.