So I've been working at my theatre for about 2 years now, but this was around the time I started.
So with my theatre we have to do routine "health and safety" checks of the food (basically when we open and at 6pm we have to take the temperatures of a bunch of shit including popcorn,
nacho cheese, etc). Anyway, my theatre relies on the "cheap is good" method and therefore we never have any thermometers.
Well, luck was in our favor about 2 weeks before this, and our managers got 3 new thermometers.
Thermometre A's battery came deficient, thermometer B was MIA and that leaves us with thermometer C. We can consider thermometer C as the "whore" thermometer.
Everyone uses her because there's nothing else available.
Speaking of nothing else available, we also lack knives, box cutters, and scissors.
And when we're constantly opening packaged boxes of food (specifically bagged candy in this case), we need to get a bit creative when opening the box if we don't have long fingernails
This is where shit hit the fan
Me, not realizing how incredibly weak thermometer needles are, decided as a new employee that it would be a good idea to stab the box with a thermometer and pull it so that the tape would rip.
Foolproof plan, right? Wrong. The thermometer broke about 90% of the diameter so it was literally almost in two pieces, minus a tiny bit of metal holding it back together.
It was also bent in half by this point. Me being me, I bent it back in place, put the cap back on, and placed it back in the holster where we leave them. (I'm very much an IT WASN'T ME person).
Flash forward to next time someone has to do temperatures.
Only remaining thermometer is broken.
My coworker takes the thermometer out of the holster, and to my horror, starts to take the temperature of food. This is when she notices what happened.
(Yet somehow didn't notice my beet red face)
"What fucking idiot broke the thermometer?" was the question of the week, until we got a new thermometer. But it's still spoken about, the criminal simply goes unknown.
TL;DR I broke a digital thermometer by being a fucking moron and inconvenienced everyone