has this happened to you?
Last night I cooked a Angus burger patty (lightly formed, medium rare) in my stainless steel tri-ply pan, and after it had cooled some, I put some hot water in it to deglaze for cleaning, and went to eat my burger. After eating, I took my wooden spatula, and lifteded the fond from the bottom of the cooled pan. Took it to the sink to rinse under hot water, and grabbed the white plastic pot scraper (you know the kind, about the size of a credit card, with a thick rubber end for holding onto), and used it to remove the "gunk" before using the washrag on it (I hate the meat by-products all in the washrag). As I was drying it, I noticed a "W" shaped set of scratches in the bottom of the pan, and wondered how they got there, thinking I had done something weird with my spatula. Then I realized it was the scraper.
I double checked that the pan was 18/8 stainless, and am wondering how this happened.
I have a good handle on how to fix this, just haven't had the time to do it. I really want to know if this scratching with plastic is common.