I have done a Very Bad Thing.
For reasons we will not go into (basically, I am an idiot who should have stayed on vacation) I absentmindedly tossed the keys that open the lock I put on my locker INTO the locker and then shut and locked it before I realized what I was doing. (Living life on autopilot is highly over rated.)
I tried calling the maintenance personnel but none of the people who could actually remove the lock were in and there was no staff member from that department who had access to bolt cutters.
I had actually keyed up a how to video on how to pick a lock with paper clips when my immediate supervisor said "I know Head of Maintenance (HOM) has bolt cutters. If you go look for them I can get the lock off your locker." Since there were items in my locker I would need (and since HOM wasn't answering his phone at all and since it had been suggested to me that HOM might be gone for the day) I suggested that maybe I could go get the bolt cutters. My boss said that would be an excellent idea and that he would cut the lock off for me, which he did.
Well, HOM just got in, found out I went into his (wide open, unprotected) office and removed the (right in plain sight) bolt cutters, he went ballistic. At first those of us who witnessed his anger thought he was kidding as he pulls stuff like that all the time.
"How would you feel if I went through YOUR stuff?" he roared and on and on, then stormed out telling me my behavior was unacceptable and there was no excuse. Not even the fact that I was told by another staff member that he was gone for the day was acceptable.
My boss felt his behavior was ridiculous, as did the others who witnessed it. That doesn't stop ME from feeling bad about what I did. Of course I would be upset if someone went through my desk...it happens on a daily basis, however, as does me going through others desks to find something for patrons, packages left for one staff member that wound up with another staff member and so on. We regularly go through supply closets in other departments when we run out of stuff. This is not an uncommon practice, nor one that has been an issue.
My boss says to let it blow over and if it doesn't he will talk to HOM. Shall I let it go at that?
It honestly never occurred to me that this would be an issue: we go into that office for ladders, pails and you name it...but because I got a pair of bolt cutters, my life is forfeit.