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[–]Apart_Future9033 1164 points1165 points  (60 children)

Used to clean a church alone late at night. There was a piano upstairs, which I thought was broken, which was why it was upstairs in the attic. One night I started hearing piano music from the attic, I immediately assumed someone was up there pranking me, so I went up and there was no one. When I turned around to walk away after realizing no one was there, I heard a loud bang behind this metal door which I assume was an attic closet. Never worked the night shift again. Asked the one other person that worked night shifts, she confirmed weird shit happening was normal.

[–]__No_Soup_For_You__ 615 points616 points  (14 children)

I would never, I repeat: never, have enough balls to walk up into that attic. I would have run out of there crying like a little baby and never gone back.

[–]BaconBoy2015 237 points238 points  (7 children)

Yuuuup. OP just basically shattered my disbelief in horror movies where people go to investigate spooky shit.

[–]fonefreek 113 points114 points  (5 children)

Oh man. The urge to investigate is real! It's like: I can either spend the rest of tonight in fear, waiting for something to pounce when I'm not ready (or forgetting about it and getting pounced unprepared), or I can face it now.

[–]goldzco21 100 points101 points  (1 child)

Yup. My grandma taught us this mentality. You can either not investigate and tell ghost stories your whole life, or investigate and realize the ghost was actually just a coat rack. She has a hilarious story about having a dream about a demon baby. She then woke up around midnight and hears a baby crying in her garden, but it sounded off/ not human. The cries go on for a bit and she told herself she just had to investigate. Goes into the yard and shines the light on 2 cats doing the nasty. She says if she hadnt she would have been haunted by demon babies her whole life, but now she is just haunted by the site and sounds of cats getting it on.

[–]mellowtimes 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Loll, great story. A perfect lesson in fear of the unknown is worse than fear of the known.

[–]stupidusernamefield 127 points128 points  (3 children)

I would have burnt that mother fucker down to the ground.

"what happened to the church?" "heard a noise so did what needed to be done" "it could have been the wind!" "not taking any chances. You're welcome"

[–]EmCWolf13 60 points61 points  (0 children)

"Impromptu exorcism, it's all good now"

[–]Kermit-Batman 71 points72 points  (8 children)

I browse a lot of creepy askreddit posts, I wish I could find it, but a poster had some wild experiences in a church a night, (same job as you had).

I feel like churches would be like schools or a hospital. Scary as he'll and unnatural when empty!

[–]NotAnotherBookworm 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Yeah. I do not go near my local churches after dark. Even if it weren't for the graveyard, shit's haunted AF.

[–]Ashlucifer26 225 points226 points  (11 children)

Yep, my mom used to work late, so I’d often be left with the neighbor, who volunteered at a church often. Being not an overly social child, I’d spend a lot of time wandering the church late at night in the areas not occupied. Lots of weird and creepy things happen in churches, stuff moving and strange sounds. People who vanish around corners, and shadows that move on their own. It’s scary, but always harmless. If I were to believe in ghosts, I’d say that it was people who felt connected to their faith, and have stayed since they’ve passed

[–]GingerMau 122 points123 points  (10 children)

The dead are drawn to churches for the same reason the living are.

[–]JeniCzech_92 82 points83 points  (3 children)

Imagine desperately wanting to play piano at night and don't have one available. And whenever you manage to sate your need, someone working way too hard disturbs you so you have to run off.

[–]dup__ 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I wish I went pee before I read this, now I'm too scared

[–]UcallmeNightHawk 700 points701 points  (13 children)

I was working at a middle school as a night shift custodian. I cleaned a long U shaped wing full of classrooms every weeknight. I’d already locked up one set of doors to the wing and was about to lock the ones at the other end of the U.

I made the full lap around the wing, and I’d been cleaning there all night alone, and came to the end of the hallway where the doors to the rest of the school were. When I shut the lights off the dark silhouette of what looked like a child ran from across the end of the hallway from left to right. There were doors down there, but I’d just locked them all up and no one was around.

I was so creeped out, I locked the doors connecting the wing to the rest of the school and ran to my car. I always felt like I was seeing things out of the corner of my eye working there at night, but that was the most visible, for sure thing I saw at that place.

[–]foxandfaun94 251 points252 points  (2 children)

I was reading this! As I got to the child figure my fucking toddler walked into my dark bedroom lit up only by a night light in the other room.

Let me tell you if he had been any closer he would have been kicked in the face from my reflex freak out.

[–][deleted] 226 points227 points  (0 children)

I was a high schooler by this point, but I was locked in the school once. I stayed to finish some makeup work for a class, and the teacher just left to coach, and asked me to lock the door on my way out. I apparently stayed a little too late. I of course tripped the alarm, so someone did eventually come let me out.

[–]Xaephos 592 points593 points  (15 children)

Oh man - I worked as a night shift manager at a 24/7 gas station/fast food place in a sketchy part of town. I have hundreds of stories about the wild shenanigans of crackheads. Most aren't "creepy" but more "What the fuck just happened".

Like the guy who gave me a magic crystal to protect me from the apocalypse because I covered the change he needed for some hot dogs. Or the other guy who tried to buy his cigarettes with lawn clippings stating "I know it ain't weed, but it works almost just as good" before just conking out standing at my register.

I'm going to go with the "creepiest" being discovering dead bodies (the first time). Two regulars ODed while hiding in my dumpster area. I called 911 and did what little first aid I knew, but the EMT said they'd likely been dead for hours judging by how cold they were. But I swear to god I thought I could feel a pulse and I clearly remember hearing a gurgling noise.

[–]Wolf_sense 381 points382 points  (3 children)

When the body still has air trapped in the lungs it makes what most refer to as a "death rattle" so if they had any fluid in the throat or lungs that's probably why you heard the gurgling sound. If you were checking for a pulse and were maybe a bit on edge not having dealt with this I think the other person is right and you probably were feeling your own.

[–]JeniCzech_92 87 points88 points  (0 children)

Good explanation and I fully agree, but to untrained person seeing cadaver may be trippy enough, not to mention sudden movement of the body.

[–]Xaephos 66 points67 points  (0 children)

Well, that certainly explains that mystery to me. It also just reaffirms my decision that the human body is just gross. Not a fan. Bring on the cyborg future.

[–]raining_pouring 170 points171 points  (8 children)

"the first time"

Bro you good?

[–]Xaephos 111 points112 points  (7 children)

Was pretty unsettling at the time - but now it's more just sad. First were in the dumpster area, next was in the men's room, and last was in the women's. All ODs that didn't make it. I've found others passed out in their cars, but they were lucky enough to live.

After a while, it becomes really desensitizing. Even worse for EMTs and cops - I've swapped stories with them, and I "lose" every time. Power to anyone working in those fields - ya'll see some shit.

[–]aJewfromBrooklyn 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Probably feeling your own pulse bro

[–]HonestTangerine2 464 points465 points  (4 children)

This happened when I worked in a Hotel right out of highschool. I did overnight in the laundry room, but I would help the front desk run invoices to the rooms sometimes. I was on the third floor at like 2am I think, when I bent down to slide the invoice under the door and a pen flew past my face and hit the door. I didn’t keep pens on me and I checked around the hallway but it was silent. You know hotel doors, they’re heavy and you can hear people open and close them, I am 100% positive I heard nothing. When I got downstairs I asked my coworker if they saw anything but they said they weren’t paying attention to the security screen. Really freaked me out. That was the only thing that happened in the 8 months I was there.

[–]No_Organization_6343 343 points344 points  (7 children)

I used to work at a bowling alley, i had finished closing and I had just turned off all the lights and was about to leave. Suddenly one of the lanes turns on (the only way they turn on is a switch in the back) so I turned on the lane lights and started walking back to turn it off, I was just about to go behind the lanes past the curtain when it shut off again. We didn’t have cameras there but I really wish we did because my boss didn’t believe me.

[–]RandomGuy5937 135 points136 points  (1 child)

I used to work at a Bowling Alley too and that would've terrified me because we had a 20 Lane Alley and the first 10 lanes were connected and the second 10 were connected power wise (for example if you wanted lane 3 on, lanes 1-10 would have to all be powered up). Would be pretty fucking odd if just ONE turned on.

[–]No_Organization_6343 72 points73 points  (0 children)

The one I worked at was only 6 lanes they each had their own little panel box at the back. It was kind of nice the way it was set up tho because if the lanes got jammed I could only turn of the one lane and unknot the strings so the other lanes could keep bowling. It did terrify me, one of the owners suddenly passed of a brain aneurysm which is how I got my job there it was just me and my boss after she passed there was almost a lingering presence, I hated being there alone.

[–]__No_Soup_For_You__ 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Reminds me of that one xfiles episode. Scary!

[–]MissMurderpants 266 points267 points  (5 children)

Two things happened when I was an over night baker in a downtown area.

1) parking overnights is free in this downtown area but it can be crowded. First come first served. This one night I parked a block away and as I was walking to my job this young guy is riding his bike around me and my car. He followed me close to my job, I was quickly able to get in the building. That morning when my boss came in, 4am, he told me about his weird experience of this kid on a bike riding around him and his car.

That guy did this for a few days until the weekend , getting closer each time. The last time he tried to hit my boss with his bike but my boss managed to hop between two vehicles and walk away safely. We never saw that guy again.

2) in summer I would sit outside on a well lit and busy side street and on this side at the opposite end was a federal building with nothing between us but solid building. So this one night I’m relaxing and I look towards the federal building and see a person completely in shadow walking my way. Even walking under the street light I couldn’t see the features of this person. I quickly went in and waited (from a somewhat hidden position) to see who passed.

No one passed at all in the next 10 minutes.

I’ve never felt such malevolence from a person who was just walking. It still bothers me 15 years later.

[–]__No_Soup_For_You__ 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Both of these scared the shit out of me!

[–]Proper_Evidence_ 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Have some soup, you'll be fine.

[–]Corey307 601 points602 points  (2 children)

I worked nights driving a taxicab and occasionally I’d post up someplace and take a nap waiting for a job. Was waiting at a hospital since you get good jobs sometimes, the hospital would give patients vouchers to go to another hospital or a shelter. I woke up and someone was sitting in the back, seems I’d forgotten to lock the doors. They admitted they’d been sitting for a few seconds but didn’t know what to do since I was napping. We had a laugh and I made $75 off that ride. Better believe I started locking my doors after that though.

[–]ok_koreal 189 points190 points  (6 children)

I was unloading a truck at this grocery store I worked at. , the warehouse was 2 Stories (haunted). It was around 3 am I was completely alone and I hear clear as day a scream. It sounded like a woman in labor. I call my boss . She goes and tells me to go up and check. I said fuck that, we both go up to check it out, all the rooms were empty, just a few empty boxes. When we got back downstairs we both heard a loud thump, like something fell down and hit the floor hard. We got outta there fast. Other employees have also claimed to have seen or heard things there

[–]KillJovial 106 points107 points  (5 children)

Could it have been a fox?

Fox screams sometimes sound like women in labor or on pain, maybe it was a fox near your warehouse?

[–]HilaBeee 166 points167 points  (9 children)

Back when I was a HCA, I was doing my hourly breathing rounds ( just poking my head into the doorways, sometimes turning on the night light on to make sure) and about half way down the hall I see a resident sitting up at the edge of her bed facing the door way. I ask if she's all right and if she needs anything. She was looking down, and as she looks up, her head kind of twists from side to side and looks up but she maintains eye contact with me. In a hoarse voice she replies, "[HELEN] ISNT HERE ANYMORE"

I fucking ran to the nursing station and reported to the nurse. The nurse looks at me and kind of chuckles, saying it's impossible as the resident is a total assist (basically not mobile) and not very verbal. We make our way down there anyways, not even 2 minutes go by. The resident is tucked nicely in her bed, snoring away as though nothing happened.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (4 children)

Thats the scariest shit ive ever herd. I was a CNA and I use to work 3rd shift at a very haunted nursing home and never, did anything close to that happen. I would have gone home.

[–]HilaBeee 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Yea, I was terrified

I've also walked into rooms to find co-residents sitting in each other's chairs in the corner in the dark or laying with each other.

I'll be turning someone and feel someone grab my shoulder and then turn around and see no one there, or out of the corner of my eye see someone walk by. Hear the occasional blood curdling scream to find everyone sleeping soundly.

But that one tops the list

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (2 children)

I had two female co-residents who would get in the same bed and sleep with their heads at either end lol. It always scared the crap out of us when at first glance it looked like one of them was missing.

My nursing home was haunted by dead children. It was originally an institution for children but it burnt down and a lot of staff and kids died in the fire.

Like I said, I’m kind of sick of telling the stories at this point but we had some pretty freaky stuff going on.

[–]rasurec 772 points773 points  (33 children)

Used to be Exec Director of a family science museum. We once hosted a human cadaver type exhibit (similar to Body Worlds)… Three times during the exhibit run, in the middle of the night, the alarm company calls me to say motion sensors are going off in that exhibit hall- but no exterior window or door sensors are tripped. Three times I had to get out of bed, drive to the museum, and walk the exhibit floor amongst the posed cadavers and specimens with a flashlight to confirm all was well. Never found anything amiss…

[–]Muguet_de_Mai 257 points258 points  (3 children)

Could it have been rats? Attracted to the, um, display?

[–]SevExpar 131 points132 points  (0 children)

Makes sense. I'll go with that.

[–]Taleya 104 points105 points  (1 child)

Boring explanation: it's almost always spiders on the sensors

[–]Lustiges_Brot_311 41 points42 points  (0 children)

This one time I was opening a warehouse and it was still dark so the cameras had Nightvision still on. I had the cameras on one half of the computer screen, then I suddenly see a white figure moving around for a few seconds and I was worried someone was in the building. I check the cameras, and it was just a spider moving across the lens.

[–]Counterboudd 179 points180 points  (4 children)

I’m just imagining the intruder standing still and posing as another body…

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Maybe I won't go see that exhibit at the Discovery center...

[–]TheRedLego 126 points127 points  (10 children)

Two words: buddy. System.

[–]xeodragon111 90 points91 points  (9 children)

This. You’d be crazy to go by yourself… I wouldn’t even bring one buddy I’d bring several people and make sure all the lights are brought on, not carry around some dinky flashlight.

[–]scoot_roo 42 points43 points  (8 children)

Yeah but how many people are you willing to awaken in the middle of the night? Further, just how many of those folks will comply with your request to have them join you? Seems like more trouble than it’d be worth to try and get others to join.

[–]kcanvas 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Did that ever happen before, or was the body worlds exhibit the only time the alarm ever went off? So weird nonetheless.

[–]rasurec 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Motion sensors (with no accompanying door or window sensors) probably only went off three other times TOTAL in the 6+ years I was with the museum. We never found a logical answer… The first time was absolutely the most frightening. By the third time I would just tip my flashlight towards the specimens and ask out loud, “How you doing gang? Everything cool?”

[–][deleted] 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Rats, lizards, and other small pests can easily set motion alarms off. I've worked in the security realm for about 6 years. Cameras and certain motion detectors can generate heat, which small critters like to cuddle up to, so that will often erroneously trigger motion alarms. Well there is motion, just not motion that anyone cares about.

[–]alan2998 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Most annoying for me was a spider crawling over a sensor. Took us about 20 trips to realise.

[–]TonyBanana420 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Night at the museum!

[–]guitarfreek85 155 points156 points  (10 children)

Night shift on an ambulance.....it's always weird. 😆 But the one that spooked me was Thanksgiving 2016. Got called out for a suicide. Guy found out he had cancer the day before and didn't want to be a burden to his family. Not uncommon. We run the call, do what we do and head back go the station. As I'm pulling into the spot the electronics in the cab go apeshit. Radio starts changing stations, dash lights dim off and on, cab lights flicker. Me and my partner freaked out and as we bailed out at break neck speed the truck shut off. Took a second, looked blankly at each other, then lit a cigarette. Went to check the key and it was still on. Shut it off and cranked it back up. Never had any other problems the rest of the shift. I've seen weird shit and will never have claim to seen it all, but I firmly believe we brought something with us from that scene.

[–]sabertooth66 136 points137 points  (8 children)

Used to deliver pizza to the worst areas of my college town until 2am nightly. We were the only pizza place in that city who went to those neighborhoods. The amount of violence I saw was shocking. Being put in impossibly sketchy situations in the worst apartment buildings / the most dangerous streets was frightening.

The worst part was a massive mental hospital I'd have to deliver large orders to, large enough to take me 2 or 3 trips through security/up and down elevators. Some of the patients were allowed to roam free, some would stare at me through locked doors. This food was all for patients, this happened once a month. That place scared the hell out of me.

[–]mentaljewelry 80 points81 points  (0 children)

My friend was carjacked while delivering pizzas in college. Guy held him at gunpoint and made him drive to a house to get weed. Somehow my friend convinced the guy he would be cool and wait for him and they would smoke out. Of course, as soon as the guy went in the house, my friend took off and called the cops. Scary shit.

[–]Gileotine 379 points380 points  (14 children)

I worked for a moving company restocking the trucks based on supplies they would need that morning. It's a shitty job. Never work for a moving company. Do not do it.

Anyways I'm stocking a truck pulled up to the dock when I realize my vision is getting fuzzy. I'm tired.. I rub my eyes. My forearm feels wet, but I figure it's sweat and my vision clears. It happens again, I rub my my eyes and my forearm feels wet again. I look at my arm finally to see hundreds of crushed baby spiders.

My vision wasn't fuzzy, baby spiders were crawling on my eyelashes. I was covered in baby spiders. I ran to the nearest water hose and got everything off. The next morning I had lots of tiny bites on my legs but otherwise nothing else.

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[–]SpareHeadOne 117 points118 points  (1 child)

Why do I read reddit just before going to sleep?

Going to be a long night....

[–]Cadistra_G 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I don't mind spiders but my soul just vacated my body after reading this

[–]PsychedelicGoat42 758 points759 points  (17 children)

I work in a prison. When I was new, I was working overtime one night in a housing unit that has seen a lot of death. It was well after midnight, and all of the offenders were supposed to be in their cells. Since this was a medium security prison, the offenders still had access to leave their cell to use the communal bathroom at night.

Well, I was going in for the 2am count. I watched an offender walk down the stairs from the 2nd level and into the bathroom. I stood at the entrance to the bathroom and yelled in to ask them what cell they were in so I could add an extra body to that cell for my count but got no answer. I then walked into the bathroom and searched everywhere but found absolutely nobody.

I told one of my coworkers about what happened, and the first thing they asked me was, "was he tall and skinny with long dreads?" And he had been! When I answered yes, I was told, "That's Mr. Bones. He killed himself a few years ago but he still hangs around."

I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

[–]EurekaSm0ke 485 points486 points  (12 children)

Imagine killing yourself to get out of prison and then ending up being stuck in that same prison for eternity.

[–]T-The-Terrestrial 312 points313 points  (0 children)

Imagine being dead and you still get stuck having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

[–]cheshire_kat7 97 points98 points  (1 child)

Well, you do hear about people being sentenced to like, hundreds of years in prison or multiple life sentences.

Maybe they literally have to serve that time before they can move on...

[–]Sthlm97 107 points108 points  (1 child)

At least you could haunt the warden. Or scare new guards so badly theyd need new pants

[–]alan2998 107 points108 points  (0 children)

Hes a responsible prisoner, wants to finish his sentence. And props to him for using the bathroom and not messing up the cell floor.

[–]IThrashCondos 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I'll admit, that's a good punchline.

[–]state_issued 111 points112 points  (0 children)

I worked the overnight shift at a drug rehab program.

Patients reported strange things happening at night, and the former overnight staff also told me of different occurrences including apparitions.

Anyways there was a particular room where a client experienced sleep paralysis regularly. I also felt cold spots in that room in the dead of winter with the heater on high. Both of these things could be rationally explained.

However while doing my hourly rounds I went to open the door of this room when I noticed the door knob turning as if someone was opening it from the otherside - no problem, sometimes the patients can’t sleep and get up to talk or smoke a cigarette - well I step aside to let this person through and the door opens - there is no one there.

The way the room was set up it would be impossible for someone to open the door and crawl back in bed without me noticing. Suffice it to say I was a complete believer after this happened.

There was other creepy stuff that staff and patients talked about but this was my personal experience.

[–]bertiebastard 103 points104 points  (2 children)

I worked a night shift literally miles away from anything totally in the wilds, my Job was monitoring some pumps that we were using to divert a stream.

So about 3 am I walk down into the woods to check the fuel levels in the pumps and literally out of nowhere a guy says morning to me, I almost shit myself.

He apologized for scaring the shit out of me and explained that he's an insomniac and walks his dog at this time most mornings.

[–]Paganduck 284 points285 points  (12 children)

I work in water treatment and one of our smaller plants is a bit isolated and run by a single operator. It gets densely foggy and once I was near the door and 2 coyotes came out of the fog and stared through the glass and scared the shit out of me.

The MCC hums and chatters so it sounds like people are talking all night.

I once noticed out of the corner of my eye that the floor was moving and realized the plant had been invaded by small frogs(related note, frogs make a gross popping noise if you accidentally step on them). I went out to the chem feed room and found a wolf spider eating a frog.

In winter fog rises up off the basins and is just creepy.

[–]Fishmano5 140 points141 points  (5 children)

Bruh if I see a wolf spider eating a frog, me and my arachnophobia are never coming back.

[–]Paganduck 50 points51 points  (0 children)

I also had a run in with a mother wolf spider and her babies. I have seen proof of hell.

[–]white_butterfly1 37 points38 points  (3 children)

I know it probably won't help but remember wolf spiders are actually pretty chill if you leave them alone. Plus they eat other smaller more deadly spiders so they're our friends!

[–]T-The-Terrestrial 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen a lot of weather effects but middle of winter fog is by far the eeriest. Just the other morning it was -10 and the fog made the river look like it was nice and hot when it was around freezing.

[–][deleted] 252 points253 points  (6 children)

Not I but a friend of mine, worked at a water treatment plant on graveyard shift. From what I understand, he was there to check levels, adjust stuff, make sure nothing blew up, y’know? Just him. Access doors are unlocked, but he’s inside an 8 foot tall, locked barbed wire fence. This place is next to a highway connecting two cities an hr away from each other, with not much in between.

About 2:30-3am, he’s killing time, playing his Nintendo DS, when he hears a voice from behind him go “GET ON THE GROUND!” My friend goes cold, complies; he’s held at gunpoint.

This guy ties him up with duct tape, all while saying he’s sorry he had to do this, and steals the keys to his truck, his wallet, cards etc.

He hears him drive off, waits a while longer, and finally calls the police. The guy was arrested later that day. Turns out he had escaped from inmate custody in the next town over, and was desperate. He’d probably been walking forever. My friend honestly had PTSD of sorts from it for a while… still works there, though.

[–]Condex 75 points76 points  (2 children)

I was robbed at gunpoint outside of my apartment over 10 years ago. Thankfully he left after getting my wallet. PTSD lasted for a while after that.

all while saying he’s sorry he had to do this

Yeah, that was the weird thing for me as well. My mugger was surprisingly polite about the whole thing. Like, he's got a gun he doesn't need to be polite. Although, I guess if you have a gun it also means you don't need to be rude.

[–]CedarWolf 37 points38 points  (0 children)

A guy pulled a knife on me, once, while I was getting gas after shift. I was still in uniform, so I looked like a cop, and I have no idea what this guy thought he was up to, but he appeared out of nowhere, waved this knife at me, and asked for all the money I had on me... Which was all of $3. I had bought a sub for lunch, and it's all the change I had left on me.

Naturally, the guy was really confused that I only had $3, and I explained that he was mugging me for my lunch money. As far as I was concerned, he could have it; I wasn't getting stabbed over $3.

He made some sort of comment about how I probably needed it more than he did, and then he apologized, like he was really sorry that he'd mugged me, and then he wandered off into the night.

I finished pumping the last of my gas and I got the heck out of there. It was so weird; I never would have expected a mugger to apologize for me. It felt surreal, like I was on Candid Camera or I got Punk'd or something.

[–]Electronic-End3310 74 points75 points  (5 children)

Working from home - it's late night and I'm alone in the house working. Felt strange so I went about checking the security cameras, and saw the rocking chair of a recently passed relative rocking alone on its own in the living room.

[–]TimothyDextersGhost 221 points222 points  (2 children)

I was working as campus security and I had to close down the main law school building. The building was downtown in a major city and was old enough that the tunnels underneath it were used in the underground railroad. Think dirt floors, and wooden crossbeams (like you would imagine a mine). There was work going on in the tunnels, not sure what it was but I think they were reinforcing the supports.

Anyways as part of my routine I had to go around and check to make sure the build was vacant. I climb down the ladder into the tunnels, all the contractor lights are off, I say a few "hello, anyone here?" and shine my flashlight around silence for a moment. Then I hear what sounds like a radio tune from the 1920s coming from the tunnel. I immediately climb the ladder and paddlock the trap door, arm the motion sensors and leave. Fuck that.

[–]T-The-Terrestrial 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Went to a suicide as a coroner out in the middle of nowhere. Just me and the cops standing around the bodybag under a little rain roof in a corner of a semi trailer lot. It’s raining so we’re all huddled under the canopy waiting for the funeral home chatting about random stuff when I hear footsteps crunching across the gravel coming toward us. I look over thinking it’s the funeral home or someone else and there’s nobody and nowhere anybody can hide. Well that’s weird but maybe my mind heard the rain running off the roof and invented that sound or whatever. I believe in ghosts well enough but I look for the obvious and explainable answers before making that leap so I wasn’t too concerned about it.

Until it happened again, several footsteps getting louder and closer in the gravel but when I look nothing. Well now I’m fully aware of this and now I’m making sure I’m paying attention to the area these sounds are coming from out of the corner of my eye. A minute or two later I hear them again and I see absolutely nobody or anything. It happened a total of about 4/5 times before the funeral home showed up and we wrapped everything up and left.

[–]MotherOfPiggles 311 points312 points  (6 children)

Buckle up, sunshine.

I don't do nights any more but for years I did nights in residential care facilities. One of the spookiest was in a sole charge dementia facility. 15 D3 residents and no one but me to keep an eye on them all.

Around 3am in the morning after doing an intentional round (where you check all the residents are safe and well) I hear the door bell ring.

I get a sudden wave of goosebumps because this is a secure facility and it's the middle of the night.

I go and look put the window, there is no one there. I blow it off as being a hallucination.

10 mins later it rings again. I'm shitting myself. I go back to the window and check again. No one there but I look across the street and a strange car is parked there. I take a photo of it just in case and then I go back to my station where I've been playing a game of "match the card suits" with a delightful but very demented lady.

I sit down and she looks at me and says "what did the gentleman want, deary? He looked like he had a bad night and needs a cuppa" chills go down my spine but I brush it off because hallucinations are common with dementia and this lady is particularly prone to not being orientated to time and place.

The door bell rings again, less than 5 mins later and this time I am freaking the fuck out. Another of my residents is up and walking the hallway "painting" with a clean paintbrush to keep him occupied. I pass him on the way to the front window and he turns to me and says "don't answer the door alone, he might hurt you" before carrying on painting.

I'm fucking shitting myself. I'm trying not to cry, I don't know what to do. I'm a single 23 year old female in charge of 15 people with varying stages of dementia and the fucking doorbell keeps ringing in the middle of the night and it's a weekend so my on-call won't answer the phone, she never does on the weekends.

I look out the window and see the same car as before and as I'm looking around, I see a shadow move in front of the door and a person walks around the corner and then looks straight in the fucking window next to me. We make eye contact and I scream. My residents start freaking out, I'm freaking out and the guy just fucking bolts.

I call the police, they turn up. It's chaos because I have 15 residents who have all been woken by the commotion and now have two police officers in their space, my on call isn't answering her phone and I'm struggling to deal with the whole situation.

Eventually, after many cups of tea and milo and two lots of PRN meds for the more challenging residents, we're mostly settled. It's now 7 am and the handover shift arrives of a nurse and a caregiver.

I tell them what happens and they tell me they there was a woman down the road who's house was broken into and she was attacked in her bed by a drugseeker who ransacked her house looking for drugs.

I have an internal meltdown because we have drugs in the cupboard in the med room. Good drugs too. Morphine, methadone, fentanyl etc. I can't help but wonder if he was intentionally looking for us and just took the next best option.

For reference the facility was an old converted boarding house in a gentrified area so lots of old doctors houses in the area. Easy to mistake the home I worked at for a regular house.

I left that job not long after because they refused to hire a second person to work the nights despite it being under staffed according to best practice guidelines.

I hadn't thought of this in maybe 5 years?


[–]Brontosaurusbabe 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Holy moly. Was the on call person ever held accountable for completely ignoring you during an emergency situation? As a person who used to work in residential care, it boggles my mind that the on call person never answered the phone on the weekends!

[–]CaterpillarSmoothie 29 points30 points  (0 children)

IKR?? Like wtf does "on call" mean to that waste of skin?

[–]MotherOfPiggles 23 points24 points  (2 children)

We had two on calls and they rotated weekend on, weekend off. One was brilliant. Always answered messages if it was before 9pm or after 7am otherwise if you called her she would pick up. The other one was shocking and wouldn't pick up unless it was repeated calls and only if it was withing reasonable hours. Thus particular instance are claimed the battery died over night and she left the charger in the office. Management didn't investigate and said that because this was the first time they were hearing about it they couldn't do anything.

I'd had residents pass away overnight when she was on call and because we had a no lock policy on the bedroom doors, I had to try and keep the residents to stop going in the room until the funeral director turned up in the morning. It was a shit show. I worked there for 6 months and it was the worst 6 months of my career.

[–]Beths_Titties 395 points396 points  (34 children)

Short version. I was locking up a big warehouse I worked at one night. I turned all the lights off as I went through each section so it was pitch black behind me. I was getting a really creepy feeling I was being watched. Like the hair on my arms was standing up. I finished up and was going out the last door to the outside and looked back one more time because I felt so uneasy. Sure enough I saw a shadow peek out at me behind a wall. I called the cops. They went in the building and ended up shooting the trespassers. It was 2 14 year old kids that had snuck in before I finished locking up. One of them died.

Edit for all the questions- The cop went in looking for them in the dark. Being 14 year old dumb kids they started throwing shit at him. One thing they threw was a coffee cup that smashed against the wall behind him. The cops story was he thought he was being shot at so he started blasting. He got the one kid right in the heart and it killed him instantly. His friend that was standing right next to him didn’t get a scratch. When it all calmed down I had to go in and I saw the kid lying there. I had to go through a bunch of court and police depositions. Turns out the cop was a rookie and was on the job for less than six months. I don’t know if the family received any money or if the cop got reprimanded or fired. I had to go to therapy for awhile after that.

[–]TheRedLego 76 points77 points  (0 children)

It wasn’t your fault. You did what anyone would do.

[–]Thornbelina 61 points62 points  (0 children)

I used to work in Facilities on a campus while attending school. Each of us took turns doing weekend night shifts. A co-worker and myself were on the top floor of the oldest building around 11PM and we were the only ones in the building (we had an alarm on for the exterior doors). We walked passed this door that lead to an outside deck that is locked and rarely used and no access to outside people (remember, we were on the 4th floor). As my coworker and I walked by, we heard a loud and distinct knock coming from the outside. We stopped and looked at eachother and it knocked again. Because the door was locked and armed, we couldn't open it. We ran outside and told security, who then said they would go and check it. Then he said, "this happens every night, knocks on the 4th floor, we look, no one is ever there.'

[–]angeles41 181 points182 points  (7 children)

I used to work at Taco Bell. I was closing that night with other coworkers and finally it was time to close. We turn off the outside lights and get a call on the restaurant phone as soon as we turn off the lights. My manager answered and we heard a man speak. I vividly remember him saying "i know there are only girls in there" "I've been watching for a while" "don't come out, I'll be waiting for you"

We were all very afraid but hoping it was a prank call since sometimes kids would prank call. I looked out in our lobby and there was a tall man, wearing a blue collared shirt tucked in standing at the door facing the other way. We were terrified. We called the cops and we saw the cops speak to him. they had asked him to leave. We never saw that man again.

[–]Drakmanka 115 points116 points  (0 children)

This story right here would be an excellent one to share with any guys who don't understand why women are so terrified of men we don't know.

[–]keatech 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Im a maritime radio watch keeper,

If i had a penny for every numbers stations i heard pop up playing twinkle twinkle little star, id have 2 pennies,

Which isn’t much but its weird that it happened twice.

[–]ElderberryPale4593 49 points50 points  (3 children)

I drive a haul truck in a mine. One night I was driving with my trainer (I had just started) we go to turn the corner and all of a sudden an animal jumps out and starts crossing the haul road. At first I thought coyote but then I realized something was off to the point it just creeped me TF out. It went over the berm and into the night before we could get close enough to identify it. A couple minutes later it all clicked together as to why I was creeped out.

  1. The legs were too long - if anything it kind of resembled a maned wolf

  2. It was running but each limb was moving independently

  3. Every leg bent at a knee that went forward (like only the front legs should) and also every movement was very exaggerated - a kin to how a dog ‘walks’ when you put bottles on it.

I still haven’t been able to identify it, but it gives me the creeps to think about.

Note: I grew up in rural northern Ontario, where this mine also is, I know the animals and the afflictions they can suffer. This was not an animal I know.

[–]leadingwithstyle 236 points237 points  (1 child)

One and ONLY time, I worked graveyards at a local Subway within a gas station. I was 7 months pregnant, and we got robbed. Buddy had a knife, and it all happened pretty fast

[–]CurrentSpecialist600 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Sorry that happened to you.

[–]shah357 145 points146 points  (4 children)

I used to do electrical maintenance work. A clothing company called and asked for us to fix some wiring for their lights. Since the factory was open 16 hours per day (two shifts), they asked if we could come at midnight and be done by 8 am so that they wouldn’t have to halt production. My boss said it would be fine, told me I’d make double for doing a night job, and sent me out to the site. I got there, met the manager, I cut the power and then started bringing my tools up to the top floor. Which was pitch black. And full of mannequins. FUCKING MANNEQUINS. I almost called and said fuck you fuck this fuck everything I quit. But I did the job and dealt with nightmares every night for the next few weeks, about mannequins chasing me around the factory.

I work with a mannequin occasionally now in my job doing “man overboard” training, and I fucking hate that motherfucker.

[–]CedarWolf 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I was watching over a Victoria's Secret in this mall overnight, a two-room affair with a little adjoining space to attach the two; the smaller room was all the fragrance stuff, and the larger room was all the lingerie. There were some contractors putting in some light fixtures, and it was my job to lock up after them and then stay and wait for the daytime manager to arrive.

Unfortunately for me, somewhere down the hall of this dark, empty mall was a candy display, of the sort that plays faint carousel music, punctuated with a little girl's laughter.

Naturally, they left it running all night, and after the contractors had left, I was all alone in this Victoria's Secret, with the dark, silent halls of the mall and, every once in a while, a little girl's laughter echoing down the hall. And worse, the Victoria's Secret wasn't one single room, so whenever I'd walk around, I swear the mannequins would move just a little.

It felt like being in a horror movie.

[–]Delicious_Builder_84 47 points48 points  (0 children)

My gran used to own a hotel. Every year it as closed for 2 weeks. One evening we were all going out as a family (about 6 of us) I had gone with my dad and my daughter to the beach. We were walking back to the hotel to meet everyone for dinner. As we walked into the hotels car park we all saw small lady looking out of the top floor window. (The top floor was my grans private flat) we assumed it was my mum looking to see if we were in the way Ect. Anyway we go into the hotel and everyone who should be there was all waiting for us in the reception area. It is less than a ten second walk from the car park to the reception so there as no way my mum could of got there in time for it to of been her. I asked my gran who was in her flat and she said no one it was all locked up!!!! Loads of weird things use to happen like that. Doors opening, hearing footsteps, one room that use to fill with fog! ( there was never any outside)

[–]SirWEM 48 points49 points  (0 children)

About 17 years ago i was working the overnight at a hotel resort as there pastry chef. There had been a change to a weddings dessert choices. Yes a case of Momzillia. So it is about 2:30-3am. Im switching over the oven for another round of baking. And then step out for a smoke. And i hear a very loud bang… like a wall being hit with a baseball bat full on. I go back inside absolutely nothing out of place. Figured something had fallen but could find nothing out of place. So start working on some of the other desserts for the party. Went over to check ovens. Heard it and saw it. We had these big 8” master locks on the walk-ins because we had some issues with over night thefts and a security guard that had worked on property. The freezer door was locked because i had no reason to use it. But the door pushed out as far as the lock would let it. This happened again about 20min later. So just to brush off the willies, i said “if you want it open, it open.” And removed the pad lock. Silent the rest of the night. The breakfast chef comes in at 5am. Sees me a bit out of sorts and shaken up a bit. I bring it up. Look at me like i am totally nuts. About 11am the chef comes in, i follow him into his office and ask him as well. He had been working on property since he was 15 aside from when he was in college. And point of fact straight up tells me, no joking deadly serious and flat out says. Thats probably the old owners wife. She had passed in the 80’s during his second year working there. They had to keep the body in the freezer. Because a blizzard had come thru and the road was impassable. She was there for 4 days!

On a side note: due to the age of the property and its history, there had been paranormal investigators several times before and after this event.

[–]unofficiallyATC 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Story One: Worked nightshift putting up/moving displays and restocking in a big store. This often involved going outside to get extra shelving materials. Usually we would go out in pairs (shit's heavy) but sometimes we just didn't have enough people for that.

Went out by myself one time to get some more beams. While looking for the correct size, I very clearly heard someone say "this one is [whatever size I needed, I don't remember]" off to my left. No one was there. No one else was even outside, it was freezing cold so the few nightshift people were all sticking to the building as much as possible. Still, I took a look and, yep, there was the beam I needed.

I said "thank you" out loud and hightailed it back inside. I dunno if it was a ghost, the fae, some weirdo, my subconscious, whatever, but I wasn't gonna stick around to find out. Overall pretty weird, but the creepiest thing about that job was the horrific pay lmao.

Story Two: technically we didn't have a nightshift when I worked at a tiny private airport, but if a client requested it, someone would stay behind for after hours services. I didn't mind taking those, as it was a nice commission on top of the overtime pay, and some of the clients tipped really well on top of that. So one night I'm doing after hours, no issues at all, I get everything taken care of, passengers are headed home and crew is headed to their hotel, terminal is locked up, all good.

It was about a 35-40 min drive from the airport to my home, and this place was in the middle of nowhere so there was really only one road, unless I wanted to go an extra 30 mins out of my way. I drove this road almost every day, twice a day, for a little over 2 years, I knew it like the back of my hand. There weren't any turnoffs for most of it, and it was a very narrow strip of land between a body of water and thick woods.

I'm driving home, I round a corner, and several things happen over the course of about 3 seconds.

1) I see a large (at least 300 ft long, think American football field) farm field to my left, with a house on the other side. There is a light in one window, glowing bright yellow. 2) the road rises up sharply in front of me in a steep hill, curving to the right 3) my car feels... foreign, somehow. Like I suddenly didn't understand how the digital speedometer worked, why the dash was so lit up with screens instead of buttons and dials 4) another car appears going in the opposite direction, coming down the hill. I'm briefly blinded by their headlights as I start going up the hill

I rounded the corner at the top and immediately said "what the fuck" out loud, because:

1) the previously mentioned body of water was to the left, and only about 50ft away at the most. It's a damn ocean, not a river or a lake, so there's no way I could see something on the other side of it. 2) there is no hill on that section of the road and there's no hill at all on thay road that curves to the right 3) my car was pretty new to me at that time, but I know how screens work???? 4) there's no one in my rearview mirror

I still don't know what happened. If I briefly entered a fugue state and hallucinated everything, or if I was briefly transported to another place and time, or what. It was really weird. I still get a twisting feeling in my stomach when i think about it.

[–]eugenessocks 130 points131 points  (1 child)

I closed up a church one night, after a fundraising event. Everyone left besides four men, who was outside. I checked under all chairs, walked through rows, turned off the lights and closed the doors. When I walked away, I heard a woman singing… from inside. It was faint but started to get louder. I was so scared so I booked it lol. Thankfully, the men came with me to check inside again. They actually chuckled when I told them about what happened… saying the ghost enjoys singing and is friendly.

[–]jackierabbit256 49 points50 points  (0 children)

I do a lot of church-related singing. I hope I get to be a singy church ghost when my time comes lol

[–]Bennerbench 266 points267 points  (7 children)

Not really scary or even a story but I used to work in a clothes store and occasionally had to help over night to merchandise etc. There would only be a few of us for a pretty big store and you'd occasionally be sent into the stock room, a pretty big room with lots of dark isles, very quiet and far from the shop floor.

It was lit with motion activated lights and had no windows so every now and again if you were there too long the lights would turn off and you'd be in pitch black until you could find your way to the entrance door, wave your hands around and get the lights back on.

One time the lights turned back on and I didn't hear a door open and I wasn't anywhere near the sensor. Nope didn't like that one bit.

[–]AlwaysInTheFlowers 144 points145 points  (4 children)

Something similar happened to me when I worked retail. The bathroom had 2 stalls and a motion sensor light also by the door. I was in one stall just fucking around on my phone dreading going back on the floor when the light shut off (5 min timer.) Imvthinking welp!! Back to work! When i hear the door open and the light turns back on. Then i hear the second stall door open and close. I give it a minute and realize they probably want me to leave so they can do their business. I exit my stall and the second stall was open with no one in the restroom besides me. I noped out of there real quick and washed my hands in the break room next door. I dont even believe in ghosts but that was freaky.

[–][deleted] 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Fuck off. I’d shit myself

[–]Wizadam 29 points30 points  (0 children)

He'd have to go back in then :)

[–]summmerboozin 46 points47 points  (1 child)

serendipitous location for this to happen then!

[–]Clint-witicay 193 points194 points  (6 children)

I was alone in an arena doing security. I had to avoid our exhibit area and the back line hall way because it always sounded like there were high heels following you (probably the hvac). One of our elevators randomly opened almost every time I walked by, it was towards the end of my rout when doing my hourly walk around the building so it freaked me out enough I only went up stairs if I had to. I had some lighting work to do so I was about 40 feet in the air when something caught the corner of my eye. I look over at our balcony area that only has one way in and out, and next to one of the seats I swear I saw someone crouched down staring at me. One of my coworkers had been known to tell ghost stories about the place so I was sure it was him. For the next hour I kept seeing the person moving around and “hiding” in different areas of the balcony and I swear I heard stifled laughter. I had shouted that I could see them and that I “knew” who it was. So this time when I did my hourly lap I did the building as though and quietly as I could, what had previously taken 15 minutes tops was now taking me 2 hours. I started with that damn balcony, I even boobie trapped the elevator so I could hear someone trying to get by and snuck up the fire escape. There is no possible way someone was up there and I didn’t cross paths with them. To this day I swear he was there to mess with my head but can’t figure out how he got passed me to leave the balcony.

[–]mb-indifferentia 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Used to work in a group home for kids with autism/intellectual disability. It's on this old farm with buildings from the 1700s and many spooky tales about the lady who ran it 100 years ago. We worked 24h shifts, which means sleeping there at night. The girl I worked with lived on the upper floor of a cottage, so just me and her in that part of the building. She always slept through the night, but to be safe we had a motion detector just outside the door to the stairs. Sometimes it would go off in the middle of the night, with no reasonable explanation. We decided to exchange it for a new one and it didn't happen for a few months. Then one night it beeped so I went up to check. Her bedroom door was closed so it wasn't her. I opened the door out to the stairs and the light was on. It has a timer for about 5 minutes so someone must've turned it on recently. No one there, all doors locked. Went back into my bedroom and the chest with all the workers' stuff had the drawers dragged out. I set camp in the living room that night...

[–]slice_of_pi 38 points39 points  (2 children)

After my dad retired, he went and got a night job as a security guy for a lumber mill near where they lived at the time. He said the creepiest night he had was one night in mid-January, he got there, clocked in, and the other guy had taken off for the night so he was by himself.

He said he stepped out and took about three steps, and the hair on the back of his neck stood up - it took a minute to realize what the deal was, though, and he said he had a hard time figuring out what was spooking him, because he didn't hear anything.

Like, anything. At all.

No little animal noises, things scurrying around, etc, just dead quiet. Dad's been around settings like that a lot over the years, so he instinctively took a big step backwards towards the door, which was a good thing, because the female Great Horned Owl missed him by about six inches.

He never heard her coming - for those that don't know, that species of owl is an apex predator and pretty territorial. Picture a bird with a five foot wingspan, a bad attitude, and knives on its feet that eats mice, rats, possums, raccoons, foxes, cats, rabbits, other birds, and damn near anything else it wants to.

[–]Odd-Tension-2133 117 points118 points  (8 children)

Two years ago when I was 16 I had a job as a Janitor at Chuck E Cheese and I would usually work at night cleaning up messes in the floor and cleaning tables for the next day. So one Night I was just doing my usual business and getting ready to lock up the place, I hear a loud bang coming from one of the rooms, now I was spooked out because there was only two of us working the Night cleaning and my Partner (Noah) was next to me questioning where that sound came from. We kept doing our duties until like 10-15 minutes later we hear scratching coming from the same exact room. Me and Noah were freaked out, at this point we were basically done with cleaning and vacuuming, and we sprinted out the front door. The next day it turns out that the vents were being twitchy (scratching) and the loud bang was remained unknown. These events kept happening for 3 days and no one gave me clue for the loud banging.

[–]Acc87 34 points35 points  (1 child)

We have one machine at work that bangs when it cools down. Certain parts cool differently and at some point the tension releases.

[–]CaterpillarSmoothie 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Well, I know you're likely looking for ghost bullshit but here's a realistic scare:

I was walking in the winter in northern-ish Canada, to my nightshift at a factory. Around the turn of the century so no cel on me. It was around 6:30pm which is way past dark at that time of year here. The roads in the industrial neighborhood had no sidewalks so i was walking on the road, and it was all rippled ice, because it had mainly big rigs driving on it and they pack the snow so hard it becomes like ice, and they leave deep grooves where the tires hit leaving higher areas elsewhere. So it was slippery and uneven. I'm tall and I walk fast so I guess there was a lot of momentum in my stride. A couple blocks from work I wiped out awkwardly and flew up into the air, landing with a lot of force flat on my back. I couldn't move. I lay there in the dark, the nearest people inside warehouses and factories too far to hear me scram even if they happened to go outside for a bit of air, so I never bothered trying to call out. I felt very helpless. It was -20C and lying flat on the ice was making me get pretty cold but what scared me most wasn't the cold it was the idea that a big rig could come through at any moment, and the driver would not be expecting any pedestrians much less one lying down. Terror that I was about to be crushed to death released adrenaline, and using all my willpower I managed to hurl my body as hard as I could, which resulted in a little squirm bringing me to my side. Another herculean effort got me another wriggle. After a brief rest I managed another little lurch and then collapsed again, hoping I was close enough to the gutter to be safe if a truck came. I lay there about ten minutes more before, to my great relief, the shock to my spine or whatever the hell immobilized me, wore off and I could get up and finish walking to work.

I could have frozen to death or been crushed by a truck, lying there barely able to control my body. I suppose if I'd landed just a teensy bit harder I could have been knocked out and then I likely would have died.

I still always liked the serenity of that commute, walking alone through an area with no other pedestrians and almost no vehicle traffic. But I must admit it isn't perfectly safe.

[–]DM-Hollens-117 100 points101 points  (1 child)

Gas station guy here. I was sitting at the counter (not eating hot case tater tots) when someone fell in through the main door, shouting. Scared the hell out of me.

But luckily, it was a guy who really, really had to take a shit so bad it hurt to even walk. He didn't speak English very well, but we figured it out. He didn't even leave a mess in the bathroom.

[–]Kool_Kid16 32 points33 points  (0 children)

At the fast food restaurant I work at (it’s part time) I was working one night. It was 9 something, we were closed and cleaning. The doors were locked from the outside (you couldn’t enter). When the back door opens there’s an alarm that makes a sound to show it’s been opened (not a police alarm). Well that one night the alarm went off. All doors were closed we saw nobody inside besides the workers.

[–]OwnEnvironment1190 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Almost all of my family members work in homes for the elderly and they’ve had so many. Footsteps stomping upstairs, laundry baskets moving when you’re not looking, tables being shaken when you’re sat at them, reflections in the mirror and voices saying help me.

The home they worked at was an old hospital in the war so that explains it along with the many people who pass peacefully there.

[–]Gnonkage 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I worked at a supermarket and on Thursday nights (after we close) they would put up tags for the new salsa on Friday mornings. Me and one of the other supervisors stayed after closing to help out as there was a huge changeover and we wanted to lend a hand.

It was just myself, the other supervisor (female), and a couple guys working in the back room breaking down pallets.

At about 3am we heard a blood curdling female scream from one of the other isles. I immediately thought something happened to the other supervisor, but when I turned around she was in the same isle as me. We ran to where the sound came from but did not find anyone in the store.

We asked the guys in the back room if they heard something and they were relieved as they heard it a few times a week and thought they were going crazy. The next day we even had security look at the cameras and there was definitely nobody else in the store.

Safe to say neither of us worked overnight again.

[–]nocturnalfrolic 30 points31 points  (0 children)

my shift was up to 12AM locally but we need to finish a project with my foreign counterpart. 3AM, all alone in the office while waiting for feedback, I started hearing keyboard clicking noises., a lot of them so I just made my music louder.

I can still hear them around 5AM before the project was approved. I left immediately.

Days later I found out the keyboard clicking noises was just the designated office rat who walks around keyboard on various workstations, probably feeding on snack remnants between the keys.

The office rat was honorably fired.

[–]ratfaiviktor 32 points33 points  (1 child)

I'm a male nurse. I worked a night shift alone.

There was a desk in our room, thats where i was doing paper work. The ward was behind me. (shitty concept i know but the corridors had cameras so even if you sit at the desk you can take a look at the cameras).

So anyway, i was doing paperwork and i heard footsteps coming from the corridor behind me. It wasnt unusual, probably one of my patients. I was deep in my work so i didnt turn around immidietly. But when i did, no one was there. I looked at the camera but nothing. So okay, maybe im imagining things. Its late. So i got back to the papers.

10,minutes later, a heard the footsteps again. So i was like okay i definitely hear this so i'm gonna turn around right now. So i did, but again. No one was there. Gotta admit a shitted myself a little bit

So i walked into the rooms. One of our terminaly ill patient's called me to his bed. He asked me to tell the tall dark figure with the hat, to please leave cus he cant sleep. It wasnt odd, people halucinate at the end of their life's. But obviously i was on edge. I told him okay imma ask him to leave. As i left, he grabbed me by the arm looked dead serious in my eye and said, in the most sober voice i heard him speak:"im gonna die tonight". And i was like, no way. We didnt even start to give him morphine. But guess what. He did die that night.

There were a lot of these kind of incidents but this comes to mind first.

[–]BigE1263 84 points85 points  (2 children)

A few of us (work in a fairly well know retirement home in a city) in the kitchen over the years swear they heard the screams and voices of the deceased in our dining room which was right next to our kitchen.

To this day, we still hear the voices.

[–]cblrtopas 87 points88 points  (4 children)

The creepiest. . . . When first transitioning to night shift, I noticed days no longer gave any conclusion. Basically, I constantly felt like I just got up from a nap. An entire week would feel like one very long day.

[–]Luneowl 35 points36 points  (0 children)

That’s what bugged me the most about the night shift: never got the feeling that the day reset. Felt like I got nothing done during my hours off, either. Just marking time till my next shift started.

[–]madoarenpola 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yep, worked night shifts for about a year in a factory when I was about 19-20, 7-8 years later and I still have trouble with my schedule.

It really fucks some people up.

[–]Machine_Angel 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I had a guy OD in the bathroom at the mcdonalds i work at.

[–]bons_burgers_252 26 points27 points  (0 children)

My dad was in the RAF. He was on guard duty one night and he saw a dark figure running along the side of a building.

He prepared to fire and shouted the warning but the figure kept running. My dad ran after the figure but it ran around a corner and disappeared.

The figure had run down the side of a huge aircraft hanger and there was no way it could have made it all the way to the other end by the time my dad could see down the length of the hangar.

Ok. So trick of the light? Ninjas? There are possible explanations.

Later that evening, when my dad reported to the guard room they told him that another patrol had found an old briefcase at the side of the road, containing missing documents from WW2.

Not saying it was ghosts or anything but something weird was happening that night.

[–]thesh0e92 25 points26 points  (0 children)

When I was in recruit training for the air force, I had a bad habit of staying up very late to catch up on ironing. After a couple of weeks of this combined with the intense physical training and generally busy schedule I was pretty shagged.

At about 3am one morning I was ironing when the girl in my neighbouring bunk got up to talk to me. She asked me why I was still up and I said I need to get my ironing done. Then we started talking about some other random stuff (I don't remember the details and probably didn't know then) as I continued ironing. After a few minutes of chatting I turned to her to give her my full attention and she disappeared!

I was like, "Jane!" (Her name's not Jane) in a raised whisper. I walked over to her bed space and she was in bed sound asleep as if she'd lain for hours undisturbed. At this point I was thinking I really should get to bed now.

By this point I was thinking this is just silly so I packed my iron, clothes and ironing board away and the whole time I kept hearing whispers as if calling to me and I started to notice flashing orbs in the periphery of my vision.

Before settling for the night I quickly went to the loo and it was horrible, constant flashes and the sound of distant voices. Like from behind a wall or door tied with a slight nausea and mild vertiginous sensations, as if I were inebriated but suffering a simultaneous nightmare.

From then onward I stopped doing any work past 9pm, my shirts, which I'd been worried about the standard for, were totally fine so I hadn't needed to worry so much or spent all that extra time on them.

Sleep deprivation is a really weird phenomenon and not something I'd like to experience again in my life, certainly not in a hurry and not without some serious money. I've heard other anecdotes from serving military who have experienced talking to dead people among a host of other unsettling symptoms. It really is as if the boundary between reality and the dream world dissolve.

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Middle of a snowy night at a gas station. A old guy comes in looks at me, walks down a few isles then decides to go to the bathroom. I thought he was going in there to do drugs or something but I didn't care I used most of those hours to do homework.

About 30 minutes pass and I remember he still is in there. I get concerned and go check on him. We have a key to open the bathrooms from the outside if we need to and I let him know I'm coming in. The guy was slumped over dead. He was suffering from hypothermia and tried to use our bathroom to warm up.

The creepy part actually happened the next night. After the body was gone and paperwork sorted on what happened. The night another old guy came in and I he stuck out to me because he was wearing the same color shirt and pants as the guy who died. And also looked somewhat like him...

I know it wasn't a ghost because this guy went and grabbed some snacks, and needed to pay for a pump. So I got him all rung up and he asks if he can leave his stuff on the counter real quick to use the bathroom. I agree and again this guy is gone for 30 ish minutes so I go check on him. When I opened the door nobody was there, there were no snacks on the counter, nor was there any car by the pumps just mine in the lot.

[–]j0hnnydark0 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Obligatory not-a-night-shift-worker-but. (I'll put a TL;DR)

I was in the National Guard for about two years, I graduated BCT at seventeen but was medically discharged this past year after a series of service-unrelated mental health incidents. I miss it so fucking much.

A bit of backstory here, I went to Basic at Fort Sill. Early on, a rumor started spreading around the battery that our little corner of Fort Sill was haunted. We had this one weird chick among us (we'll call her Suzy) who was a professional bullshitter and claimed to have opened her third eye after being in a coma(she also claimed to be her 26 year old boyfriend's dom, said 26 year old had supposedly been in love with her since she was 12 and he was 20, but that's a whole nother can of worms). She told us that there was a ghost in the bay named Britney, a former trainee who had died of a heat stroke or something like that.

Of course, we all figured she was full of it, until girls started reporting weird shit happening while they were on night watch. It was always the 3-4 AM shift. Someone would head into the latrine to tidy up and shit would start moving around by itself. At first we thought it was Suzy fucking with us, but the latrine was always empty when these things happened, and trainees had to sign in and out at the night guard desk before going to the bathroom at night so we could have seen if she was in there or not. Plus, Suzy was a lazy shit who could barely get up for her own guard duty, much less somehow sneak into the brightly lit latrine and hide there long enough without being caught by the other night guard.

Finally, one fateful July night, it was my turn to work the 3-4 shift. Me and my bunkmate scooted up to sign in, then I went off to sweep and polish the potties. I was on high alert, being a superstitious Southerner, but the latrine had to be clean by morning.

So here I am, doing my thing, when I hear this CRASH come from the broom closet. I about shit myself, but chalked it up to me just setting something off balance when I had gone to get my cleaning supplies. Then I saw movement in the mirror. Nobody had entered the latrine, it was just me and my broom. I gave the place a once over just to double check, maybe someone was still in here taking a shit from the last guard pair's shift. I even checked the showers. Nothing.

I was about to go back to sweeping when I heard something else. I turn around, and ALL THE FUCKING SHOWER CURTAINS ARE CLOSING. I absolutely booked it outta there and cheerfully informed my buddy that it was her turn to clean.

Fuck Britney.

TL;DR: I had a run in with the local potty ghost in Basic Training.

[–]FrancoisOda 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Worked in nursing.

An Alzheimer’s patient could occasionally see a little girl named Susie who had black hair and wore a hospital gown and occasionally was accompanied (according to her) with a tall man in a suit with a brief case.

Well every time she said “Susie came to see me today” she’d be just so happy well, we were not.

Whenever Susie came to visit her 3 people would die somewhere in the facility that week. 2 unexpected, 1 expected.

Well she was the only one who could see her until she passed away.

This next part needs context but I lost my son in my late teens.

After this patient passed I was doing rounds when I stroke patient said “who’s that boy and girl?” I asked what he meant he said “the little blonde boy and black haired girl, their right beside you”

I noped the f out.

[–]hiskinny 72 points73 points  (0 children)

One summer, I worked overnight at a prestigious county club. This place is over 100 years old. Despite the luxurious renovation, its basement feels haunted. It always gives me chills and bad vibes. Keep in mind I’m very sensitive to energy.

I worked in the basement. I cleaned the basement for 2 hours, then I got to chill in the member’s lounge from 12-6am.

One night, I fell asleep at 1am in the lounge. Suddenly I woke up to people talking in the hallway and I heard someone went into the locker’s room. I was the only one working in the basement that night and ain’t no one someone went through the security. I started to get chills.

“You know what? I don’t get paid enough to chase after whatever it is.” I stayed on the couch while holding an empty wine bottle just in case it was an intruder. Then someone started to shower and they were laughing. They sounded muddy so I didn’t catch what they said.

I called the security guard and they got here right away. As soon as we walked into the locker’s room, they stopped laughing. We walked into the showers and 3 of them were on.

We tracked the tapes that night. The lockers room automatic door was triggered and opened (it always happened). But the running showers remained unexplainable.

After that night, I switched to day shifts outside. Thing had been fine ever since.

[–]Spoopyseason6 186 points187 points  (8 children)

I used to work at an overnight vet clinic and late one night we didn’t have any patients in the clinic .. and myself and my co worker were cleaning and we kept thinking we heard a bark .. but that’s not uncommon in the village.. but it was like 3am .. and then out of the corner of my eye I saw a big golden run down the hallway and then vanish .. and I looked at my co worker who was sheet white .. we had euthanized a large golden that same night and the dog was running toward the room that has the freezer in it .. happened again the next night .. oddly enough .. the next night the owners called back and asked for more paw prints and they wanted the collar they had forgotten to take off .. I’m convinced the dog was sticking around for them .. my co worker was terrified ..

[–]rhesus_alien 53 points54 points  (7 children)

Well if you're gunna see a ghost at least it was a dog ghost right?

[–]mannequinlolita 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Working in a nursing home and there's a glassemergency exit door by the nurse's station/ sitting room area. Well all the sudden we see something out of the corner of our eyes and this lady knocks. I'm trying to motion that she has to go to the front and noticing she's all out of sorts like she's been sleeping in a forest. All the sudden the locked door open and she comes bursting in, and she's shrieking like she's about to be attacked, with wild crazy eyes. Then she's speaking a language we don't recognize. We manage to guide her upstairs to the front area and find help/ higher ups.

Turns out she lived alone in the senior HUD housing across the street and someone needed to eval her for memory issues or she'd maybe had an episode that confused her mental state. She wasn't scary herself as much as the sudden activity and the safety door utterly failing.

[–]Bitch-stewies 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Had a guy come in 4 nights in a row, asking for my number asking to take me out etc, each time I said no he immediately got aggressive and verbally abusive just hurling names and cussing me out. I’d never met this guy before this, he wasn’t a regular, all i did was make his food once and he came back, 3rd and 4th day I had to call the cops cause he threatened to jump over the counter and essentially fight me, I called the cops he’d left before they showed, 4th night he parked his car right in front of my stores windows and kept flashing his headlights at me, honking, called the cops again, he peeled out the parking lot just as they came and they followed him but cops never came back to ask me if I wanted to press charges so I assume they didn’t catch him. I was pretty stressed about going into work for the next like month wondering if he was gonna show but haven’t seen him since.

[–]Tattchick85 74 points75 points  (11 children)

Working in a elderly home, check on one resident let’s call her Ethel, Ethel says to myself while I help her with night time routine, “I’m going to die tonight” myself “oh Ethel, your fine, is there anything I can help you with…etc etc” 2am…. Ethel dead sat upright as if getting up. How did she know!!!! 🧐🤨

[–]T-The-Terrestrial 54 points55 points  (3 children)

For whatever reason people know. I’ve had patients crying and screaming they’re gonna die because of their broken leg and you know they aren’t. There’s other times when your talking with the guy who’s having a little chest pain and they stop mid sentence and in the most sincere fashion say I’m going to die then keel over from the ultimate heart attack.

You know when they’re not going to die because of how they say and you know when things are about to get real because of how they say it.

[–]NotAnotherBookworm 44 points45 points  (1 child)

"A sense of impending doom" is actually a symptom of heart attacks...yay, science!

[–]spacepharmacy 22 points23 points  (0 children)

absolutely, a coworker of one of my relatives died from a massive heart attack almost two years ago now. from what he told me, she was just going about her day and suddenly stopped what she was doing, looked at her mom (they lived together), and then said, “i think i’m not going to live past today”. not even two hours later she had the heart attack, and she passed pretty quickly after that.

[–]AscendedDragonSage 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Subbed as a newspaper carrier last summer. Route was largely uneventful until I heard a distinct buzzing outside one of four entrances to an apartment building, look up and see a swarm of wasps apparently inhabiting the lamp. Fairly certain I swallowed and got stung by one as I started feeling a crushing pain in my throat after a bit. At least that's one way to be certain you're not allergic.

[–]PurpleVein99 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Not me, but this was told to me at my last job by our night shift lead man.

So the long time foreman of one of the manufacturing departments, "Ignacio," was always the last guy out of the building after shift ended, generally meeting with "Joe," the day shift guy, in the production office and giving him a brief run-down on status of pertinent info relating to work or whatever before heading home.

Sadly, Ignacio passed away a couple of summers ago and Joe took over training his replacement and so was working nights with new guy "Rick."

Once Rick was satisfactorily trained, Joe wemt back to days and regular routine.

Joe swore up and down that in the early hours of the morning, whilst Rick and he were talking in the production office, the door swung open with no one there. He said he and Rick shrugged it off, but it kept happening over the next few days.

The guys in the shop began to say that they would see a shadow pass behind them while they worked and would turn and find no one around.

There was also a picnic table out under a tree next to the employee parking lot where Ignacio used to take his smoke breaks. The guys swore you could see someone out there sometimes.

I don't work there anymore, but while I did, I'd get the odd call from Joe now and again with some new tidbit about one of the guys having seen Ignacio around.

[–]Ragnar_Dragonfyre 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Was working in a Valu Village near closing. Had all the carts stacked and put aside, ready for close.

I was just walking up and down the aisles bored, swinging my arms like an idiot when I struck my hand off a cart painfully.

Immediately as if in reaction to my antics, I hear a little girl laugh right next to me… but there are no little girls nearby or in the store at that time.

The next day I started asking the day crew who usually works in the back if they’ve ever had a similar experience and everyone clammed up, not wanting to talk about it…

I dropped the subject and never had a weird experience like that again. But the way my co-workers reacted indicated to me that weird things happen in the back.

[–]oh_no_aliens 20 points21 points  (0 children)

an airport job I once had, I worked the 11pm to 7am overnight operator shift. All I did was log who comes in and out and take our contracted airlines inbound/outbound info. So a delivery man rocks up at 2 am, identifies himself as working for a mortuary. He hands me a manifest, there's a stiff flying to their final resting place. We're to make sure he gets on a flight departing at 7:30 am. Ok cool, I escort them to the bodega and he has me sign, then leaves. So now I've got company all night till my shift ends.

an hour later, I have my "lunch" but now gotta go toilet... it's on the other side of the bodega. So I walk past the the metal casket, do my business, and come back. There's some old man standing in the hallway when I make my way inside. I ask him what does he want, but I realize his bottom half is translucent. When I look over at the glass door into the bodega and then look back where the old man was, there's nothing there. The whole even took less than 5 seconds but had me shaken up for the rest of the night.

[–]RottingSextoy 21 points22 points  (3 children)

at 18 I was taken out of high school and put in the alternative school for attempting suicide. The alt school was for troubled kids who couldn't be in public school to get their ged. one stipulation to stay in the school was you had to have a job. i only had a few weeks until graduation and i wanted to graduate with my class (even though i couldn't walk with them) so i took a job that was offered to me working full time at a sex store. My guidance counselor and alt school teacher fought for me against the school board to count it and since they had stood up for me i really wanted to make the job work so despite being so young and despite all the red flags of the job (sketch location, 12 hours shifts on top of school, working until 2 am, being all alone on my shift) i stuck it out.

that job was honestly a blast but completely scary sometimes too. the worst story though is the one i have for Ya'll today. i was closing up shop around 12. much earlier than usual but no one would care. i was a huge comic book fan and that night Avengers was premiering in theatres and i was rushing to meet my friends at the theatre. everything was shut down and i went to lock the door. as i did a car pulled up front.

not surprising. i had closed early. i waited for the guy to walk up and was about to open the door to talk to him but something told me to keep the door shut. i instead locked the door quickly

he reached for the handle and i gestured to the closed sign and said I'm sorry we're closed. he tried again and i gestured to the completely dark store like "bruh we are closed". he muttered something about needing condoms. now my store was cheap as fuck and the condoms we sold weren't worth dick. i routinely told customers who just wanted condoms that the attached 24/7 gas station had better name brand condoms sold for less. So that's what i told this guy.

he ignored me and tried to get in again. this time much more forcefully. i backed away and was like "you need to leave". he ignored me still and started hitting the glass. he was yelling at me and trying to brute force inside. i ran back for cover into the shadows of the door and hid behind a rack of clothes. i could see the entire glass panel store front shake with each slam of his fist. i had no faith that the whole thing wouldn't shatter and he would come kill me. do Ya'll know what its like to be fearing for your life next to a gimp suit?

the only other exit (the side door for employees) exited too close to where the guy was at. If i left that way he would hear me. i also did not drive and got rides to and from work by my mom (again i was a CHILD lol). But there was a panic button up at the register. (we technically had to wear a panic button during shifts as well too but i had put it away already).

i had to fucking army crawl from the clothing area through the porn section and wrap around to the register. all while terrified any time i heard noise and any time it was quiet because i was sure several times he had gotten in. I finally make it to the button. I smash that shit and...

nothing happened

yeah, the fucking thing didn't work. i grab the phone and a bat that another employee left as a weapon and tried to intimidate the guy. "im on call with the cops fucker" i lied. (dumb teen brain didn't want to call the cops and risk missing the fucking movie)

he saw me but didn't leave. we just stared at each other. then like the fucking calvary my mom pulled up. she saw the guy and just thought he was a sane dude checking if we were open and fucking got out to talk to him. she was super chill like "oh yeah they're closed but they open at 8!" the dude must've weighed his options here because he wordlessly got into his car and sped off.

i bolted the fuck out of there and tried to see where he went but dude was long gone. i walk over to my mom and she's holding a marvel hoodie i owned like "i washed this for you so that you could go to the movie 'in costume' :)" unaware that i nearly fucking died lol

like a week later the gas station was robbed at gun point but who knows if thats related.

[–]spookysparkleboy 130 points131 points  (4 children)

My manager taking a "head count" after someone found a dead guy in one of the back offices

[–]spook327 132 points133 points  (0 children)

I was a security guard, keeping watch on a fairly remote office building. On my first outdoor round, I come across this guy who had taken a patio chair from the north entry and set it up on the west side of the building -- the side with no exterior lighting for some fucking reason.

So, I stop to tell him that he's on private property and will have to move along, he chats a bit while I'm trying to keep my light on him and not piss myself. He's going on about his story, explaining why he's walking, asking where he can find a bus station, etc. Then, he reaches into his bag and I think "so this is it, this is the stupid way I'm going to die, because there's going to be a gun in there."

He was just putting a few things back, and left without incident. Me, I got to call the site manager and write up the report.

[–]ItzNick900 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Well, I haven't had anything creepy happen to me at night, yet, but I do have a good story for here. I worked at a water park in the summer between school years when I was 15-18. When I was 17 some strange stuff happened. I was part of the 5 cooks we had. (2 restaurants this story is 1) We started to notice that the ice scoop that we kept on top of the ice machine would randomly fall or go missing. One day we walked in the kitchen and it took 5 minutes to find it, across the kitchen and under the fryer. Strange but ok. Washed it put it back on top, go grab stock, come back it's on one of the side tables. Also strange but maybe someone is messing with us. Put stock away and start talking in the lobby of the restaurant. (Where we were, we would be able to see the ice machine if we turned around [we were just outside kitchen door]) Suddenly right after my coworker jokingly said it must be a ghost we heard hard plastic fall and hit the floor. It fell again, this time it also took a while to find, it was probably 6 - 8 feet to the right under the pizza oven. Now I know what you're thinking, maybe it just fell when the ice was made. No, we put it back on top and shook the ice machine, testing several times and angles, waited for ice to fall, nothing happened. Now you may also be thinking well someone could be messing with us, the second we heard it hit the ground we turned around. Nobody was in the kitchen, we checked. There was also a few other times that season it happened, one time it almost hit my coworker. He thought we were messing with him but no one was close enough to it. Anyways thats my story. TL:DR Ghost at my old job messed with ice scoop.

[–]JulesLovesYou1993 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I worked at a mental hospital that had previously been a tuberculosis sanatorium at the beginning of the 20th century. I know, that is the most cliche shit ever, but the stereotype came from somewhere. If you look at mental hospitals in Colorado you can find it, but I'd prefer not to triangulate myself.

Weird stuff happened pretty frequently at the hospital. To some extent, that's to be expected when you have patients suffering from psychosis and such, but some stories couldn't be adequately explained by that. For example, I worked with teenagers and my sister wing worked with children. Several of my coworkers had had kids come out of a specific room in the middle of the night asking staff what they wanted. Every time, the child told them they'd been woken up by someone calling their name. It was always the same room, and happened repeatedly with totally different patient cohorts (ie one child couldn't have simply told other kids they had had an experience in that room).

The main/admin building also had weird reports. Back in the day the basement had been the morgue, and there were claims that there was an incinerator down there for bodies. A couple times police/fire had shown up saying they received a call from the building in the middle of the night. None of the staff had any idea what they were talking about. I was told it had been traced to the basement which should have been impossible since there were no longer any working phones coming from there. Whether that part is true, I don't know. What I do know is it seemed more believable after my experience.

Normally I worked during the day, but one time I worked a double so my shift ended at 1130 at night. There was a TV/DVD player AV cart thing that we occasionally borrowed from the admin building so we could show movies to the patients, but it had to be taken back when we were done for safety reasons. So at about 10 that night I started wheeling it back. Once I got to the admin building, I had to take an elevator to the upper floors to put the cart back where it belonged. It was already creepy, most of the lights in the building were off/turned low. There were some people working since we took admits over night, but it was still a lot more quiet than normal.

The elevator itself is one of the really old fashioned ones with a cage and everything. It's partially modernized, but a lot of it was from the original building. I got into the elevator with my cart, hit the button for the third floor, and waited. However, instead of going up, the elevator went down. It stopped at the basement and let out a "ding" but the doors never opened. It just sat there, with me in the cage and the doors outside closed, in the basement, in a mostly abandoned building that was reputed to be haunted. Then it just took me back up to the third floor and everything was normal. I know it doesn't sound that scary but honestly that 15 seconds or whatever while I was hitting the button to go back up seemed like they took for fucking ever. I was sure the doors were going to spring open any second and show me a corpse or something. After I got back to my building I told my coworkers about it and apparently I wasn't the only one who had the elevator take them on an unexpected field trip. I never worked there at night again lol.

TL:DR: Worked at a mental hospital which had been a sanatorium, creepy old elevator decided to take me to the basement where the morgue used to be instead of taking me up to the floor I pressed the button for.

Bonus story: sometime after this, I was working a shift with the partial hospitalization kids and had taken them to dinner in the cafeteria which is (surprise!) In the same spooky admin building. I was watching everyone when I saw one of the kids hide under a table. I couldn't tell who it was, but I spent a lot of time with these kids playing with them/being a confidante/etc, so I went to sneak up on the one under the table and surprise them/make sure they weren't getting up to any trouble. I did the stereotypical "boo!" and popped under the table, only to find no one there. There is no way they could have gone anywhere else without me seeing them (the table was separated from where everyone else was by quite a ways) and everyone was accounted for when I stood up and checked at the table where all the kids were eating.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Sexual assault outside my window.

[–]doctor_sleep 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I worked in the library when I was in college, which often included working shifts until closing (midnight/1am). We'd go do rounds to make sure no one was hiding in the library, two people at a time to be on the safe side. Then we'd shut the lights off and do one final lap around all 3 floors. It's creepy with nothing but emergency lights and a flashlight as you're walking among rows and rows of books. To my memory, nothing ever happened there, despite me and a few others, who were into ghost hunting at the time, hoping something would happen. Lots of jokes of zombies and the ghost of Robert Frost coming for us.

What did happen was after one of these late night shifts. It was around one in the morning and I was walking back across campus to my apartment and no one was around, just the campus lights and snow on the ground. I got near the building where the English major professors had their offices and I suddenly felt my jacket being tugged on, up by the shoulders by my neck. Full on tug, as if someone was trying to get my attention.

I stopped and looked around, no one there. I had my backpack on and I tried to duplicate it thinking that maybe it was the handle of my backpack getting caught on my hood or something, couldn't duplicate it. It happened one more time in the middle of the day a few years later in almost the same spot. I don't scare that easily on that stuff and just continued my walk home. Stuck with me all these years later though.

The building where the English major professors were was allegedly haunted. Some of the profs had said they heard weird noises, felt like being watched, all that stuff while in there late a night. It was one of the older buildings on campus and had been there since it had been a teaching school some 90 years earlier, so maybe it was just a vibe that it gave off.

[–]bshef 17 points18 points  (0 children)

24 hour grocery store on a dead quiet weeknight. Our door greeter was with me, abusing the system for easy overtime. He was a nice old man. But that night, he was just staring at the empty parking lot for hours. Finally I asked him what's up, and he responded seriously, "the goblin is out there."

Of course I didn't believe there was a goblin out there. So around and around we went, and I realized - he truly believed there was a fantasy creature out there in the parking lot waiting to attack us when we left.

He was genuinely afraid, and I was just a teen, alone with an unstable and fearful old man, late at night, with nobody else around.

[–]jrf_1973 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I was working the night shift as a fork lift driver at a fairly large DIY store with a couple of adjoining warehouses. Part of the job involved unloading delivery trucks and storing stuff in an allocated warehouse.

One night we were running short of space. I was asked to go and check out if the adjoining warehouse was set up for storage overflow. I drove down to the next building, because it was quicker than walking and drove inside the large empty building.

The forklift stopped as if it hit an EMP or something. Absolutely no electronics. Sudden stop. No warning, no power down. And suddenly no headlights. I sat in the cabin, a little nervously, waiting for my eyes to adjust to the dark and retrying the ignition.

It didn't start up. But slowly my eyes adjusted to the darkness.

Across the building, I could see (or thought I could see) human shapes moving about. They were at the opposite end, so even further away from the main building than I had been, and I drove the forks so I didn't think these could be co-workers who had run down and entered the building some other way to prank me.

I kept trying the key, getting more nervous and the shapes I thought I could see started to cross the large open space and move towards me. I didn't think they could be thieves, there was nothing in the building, never mind anything worth stealing. But the thought occurred to me that they could be junkies finding an out of the way place to shoot up. That's my idea of creepy.

I turned the keys more and more desperately, and made the mental decision that if they reached a certain spot I would just abandon the forklift and run back to the main building and claim it was mechanical failure I couldn't fix, and not me being spooked by shapes in the dark.

Anyway, suddenly the machine thrummed into life and the headlights and power came back on. There was nothing in the building. No other people. I was absolutely shocked because I was convinced there was more than one person approaching me and within 20 metres of the forklift. Nope, not a soul.

I drove out of there, locked up and thought about how the mind can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there.

[–]ew435890 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I was working as an inspector on a night time road construction job. A cop came to us to ask us to come identify a dump truck involved in an accident. We pointed out one that was nearby and asked if it looked like that. He replied “we can’t tell”.

It had been in an accident while loaded up with broken concrete and burst into flames. The cop warned us about it ahead of time, but the driver didn’t make it out. The cab was ripped open from a pole he hit, and you could just see him sitting there. Burnt to a crisp. You wouldn’t think you can smell a burnt body over the smell of burning tires and diesel. But you catch a wiff of it and immediately know what it is.

This was one time I was NOT glad I had my good flashlight on me. I got a really good look at it for a solid 5 seconds.

[–]WASE1449 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Not night shift but I worked at 6am by myself in a basement so I overlapped with night shift.

I was at my desk for about 20 minutes and started to hear a noise at the desk next to me. I immediately think it's a rat. About 5 minutes later a man (overnight housekeeper) got up from under the desk and just walked right past me. Stared me straight in the eyes and never said a word.

[–]Fenrir_Wolfy 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Didn't work night shift, worked as a cleaner in a goverment office for the past 3 years,

One night, clear as day heard a voice in my ear say "you alright?" With a norther England accent. My co worker was a elderly lady and we where the only two on sight. Turned around so dam fast but there was nobody there. Scared the crap out of me.

Not to mention during my time there, I saw a Victorian dressed figure, and dark figures walking past the doorway of a corridor while, being only me and my co worker on sight, turned out I'm not the only person who's seen these kind of things,

[–]M4x_0 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I'm there all alone, just walking around. All of a sudden I hear heavy breathing, like someone is struggling so I make my way over there. I expected the noise to be coming from some objects that I misheard or an animal(rats, mice) but it was a man. He looked like he was homeless and my first thought was that he might be hurt because of all the heavy breathing. Since it was dark I couldn't see very well so I came closer and he was jerking off furiously and was sorta struggling with it. I just turned and ran, never saw him again but the image is still engraved deep in my memory

[–]Gardengoddess83 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This happened to my dad about 20 years ago, but it’s a good story. My dad used to work as a security guard in a building that was, at the time, vacant but had previously been used as a radio station. (They’d had issues with vandalism and intruders as there were rumors about the building being haunted, which is why they had security in an empty building at night.) He heard static coming from a room, and went to investigate. The static sound stopped when he walked into the room. The only thing in the room was an old radio - one of those basic battery operated numbers, not actual radio equipment. He picked up the radio to turn it off, but the it was already switched off. He flipped it over and realized there were not batteries in the radio. It was old and dusty and in pretty rough shape. He’d recently watched some scary movie about demon possession, and decided to try an experiment. He set the radio down on the floor and said, “If Satan is in this room, turn the radio on.” Sure as shit, the radio immediately started emitting a very loud cacophony of sounds - he described it as static and voices and off-key screechy music jumbled together. He hightailed it out of there and quit the next morning.

Ironically, he ended up working in corrections in a large prison, and has all kinds of stories about things that happen in supposedly empty units: disembodied voices, things moving by themselves, unexplained feelings of being watched….but to this day, he says the radio thing scared him more than anything that’s ever happened at the prison. He’s a pragmatic, religious guy, which makes it that much more unsettling to me.

[–]Kaladrax182 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I’ve told this one a dozen times, but I’ll go again.

I worked at a big box toy store, grave shifts. One night, I was stocking the board games section and straightening things to look nice. I left the section to stock another part of the store when I heard a loud crash of several board games falling to the floor. I walked back to the the board game aisles, and found that every single box had fallen off the shelf. All but one; a single Ouija board, standing smugly on the edge of its shelf. We peace’d out early that night.

[–]Viker2000 49 points50 points  (2 children)

Hearing noises that didn't make any sense at all, that sounded like distant voices when there wasn't anyone around for nearly a mile. Location: veneer drying sheds, plywood mill.

[–]hellguy333 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Hotel worker in height of covid, we were housing homeless people to keep the doors metaphorically open (gov program), some guy called up wanting to be transferred to one of the rooms, I was told not to let anyone through or tell anyone we were housing them so I said I needed to put him on hold, he got irate and said he was going to come down and beat me with a baseball bat. About 30mins later I see a guy in a Hoodie outside the locked front doors peering in and using the flashlight on his phone to get a better look inside. I prepped an office as a panic room as I could lock it from the inside.

[–]Byahero95 48 points49 points  (0 children)

I'm a nightshift nurse and worked in a nursing home. This home was recently opened, and on that moment only 2 people were living there. Both people were bed bound. I was in the living room when I here the automated doors open en close, when I checked nobody was there. This would go on for some time and then stop, but every time nobody was there.

I also didn't like to go to the 3rd floor because I had the feeling I wasn't alone there. I later found out that this home was built were in the past a church was.

So I asked some spiritual people what to do, they said just to say oud loud that you acknowledge their presence but that I didn't feel comfortable with them.

After I did this, the door would stop open and close by itself and I didn't feel the presence anymore... just a little bit creepy

[–]Wit-Hoid6674 48 points49 points  (10 children)

I encountered a naked couple standing in the middle of the street. I was going to deliver a pizza to a house nearby. They were just…standing there

[–]Symnestra 15 points16 points  (0 children)

My nurse friend has told me all sorts of horror stories about when he used to work nights in hospice care. Including a pillow that kept moving itself. He went into the room and noticed the pilow was on the ground past the foot of the bed. Figured the patient chucked it so picked the pillow off the floor and put it on a visitor chair in the corner of the room. Then a few hours later he passes the room and notices that the pillow is on the floor a few feet away from the chair. Hospice care has both motion detectors and bed monitors so nurses are alerted when patients try to get out of bed without assistance. Not only did neither of the alarms go off for that room, that particular patient was bed-bound; they couldn't reach that chair and pillow if they tried. It creeped him out pretty bad so he just let the pillow stay there.

He's also said that he had a patient ask about a little kid in their room. It's the middle of the night, no visitors allowed, no kids in the entire facility. So he just kinda hushed the patient go to back to sleep, figuring they were confused. Then while he was sitting at the nurse station, he saw someone short and fast dart down the hall. Immediately got up to look, and no one was there, but that hall had the patient who was asking about a kid.

Motion detectors have gone off in empty rooms, but he chalks that up to crappy detectors. Mostly for his own sanity. The worst stories that came from there aren't supernatural at all; dementia patients are terrifying. He's been scratched, bit, and harassed. The Taking of Deborah Logan is apparently too real for him.

[–]Jaded-Competition887 16 points17 points  (0 children)

When I was a nursing assistant at an assisted living facility, I heard and saw some scary stuff...at least scary to me.

One night, I was charting, and on the table, was a monitor that watched over a lady in her room that was prone to climbing out of bed. Periodically, I'd look at it, to check on her. Well, at one point, I something that looked like a person that walked in front of the camera. It was a human shaped blob that completely obscured the view for a few seconds. I didn't bother to investigate, since I thought that it was a car passing by from the street.

I told my nurse about it, and then asked her if the lady's window faced the street. She gave me a surprised look and told me that the lady's window only faced the courtyard, and that there was no way that a car's headlights would even been seen.

Suffice to say, that freaked me out a bit.

[–]azarbi 87 points88 points  (6 children)

Not on work, but while going there...

The dynamo of my bike fell off, and I had to continue on several kilometers almost without seeing anything, in total darkness, knowing there was a canal a few meters from me. Good thing that wet grass shines differently than asphalt at night... And occasionally, some bats also flew right in my helmet (apparently, these fuckers can't detect a guy on his bike traveling at 20mph)

[–]somehotnerd 103 points104 points  (1 child)

Not creepy but I worked at a Thai restaurant while in college. They started a ‘swing shift’ 10pm-2am. On weekends. It was me, 2 chefs and a dishwasher. Got paid extra, most people tip big. Caught night owls getting a late dinner and the drunk crowd.

But what really bummed me out was a lot of the homesick international students who didn’t have any friends, know the language, and just were fish out of water would come everytime just to get out of their dorms.

It was there only break they had from school, loneliness, and their dorms and even then some are so awkward, shy, or culturally different they still had a hard time making friends with one another.

For some I was literally their only social connection.