Baker in the dock for headbutting faulty machine

A frustrated baker has landed up in court for headbutting a faulty piece of foodservice equipment he was working on.

Shane Thompson, of Malton, North Yorkshire, smashed his forehead into the touch display screen of a sausage roll machine after it started producing incorrect batches.

Thompson caused a six-inch crack in the screen after striking it with his head when his frustrations boiled over.

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Bosses at Yorkshire Baker, where he worked, said it would cost £3,200 to repair the damaged panel on the £27,000 machine.

Scarborough Magistrates Court heard that since the incident last year, Thompson has found a new job as a ride operator at a nearby theme park.

But bosses at the bakery firm docked £295 from his wages to cover the cost of the damage and have demanded he pay the £2,900 balance, according to The Northern Echo.

Robert Vining, defending, said: “The defendant is at a total loss to understand how butting a glass screen and cracking it results in that piece of equipment being worthless. He admits he became frustrated with the equipment.

“It was not making the pastry properly so he lost his temper and headbutted the glass screen and cracked it.”

Thompson admitted criminal damage and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £720 compensation towards the cost of repairing the machine. An order was made to take the money out of his wages.

The paper said the case was stood down for inquiries to be made into whether the machine could be repaired more cheaply.

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