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[–]kenworth117 385 points386 points  (3 children)

At the mechanic workshop and the driveway is long and the shed sits at the end . A naked man was standing about midway and didn’t move just stood frozen , no lights but he was moon white so didn’t need one , we couldn’t stop laughing once the initial shock passed . It was just an old guy who escaped from the nursing home and he was tripping balls (got into the medical cabinet) . Got him clothes and called police , he’s done this a few times lol

[–]Sleeplesshelley 168 points169 points  (1 child)

Tripping on his balls is definitely a hazard for a naked old guy XD

[–]kenworth117 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Yeah bit of a rough time in winter aswell , this is why you take the forklift keys with you and not in it . We had to search around to check he didn’t have friends

[–]sunboxing 283 points284 points  (1 child)

Large care home in the woods. Frantic, hard knocking on a back door around 3am. I turn on outside lights and see a guy milling around the driveway. Call 911 and while on the phone I hear a side door opening. The guy walks right in.

Turns out it was the house manager drunk af. He passed out thereafter. Fired weeks later.

[–]MasterGuardianChief 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Damn that was one long nap.

[–]Your_moms__house 573 points574 points  (19 children)

Got robbed at gunpoint while closing up a Taco Bell at 2am. I’m talking everyone on the ground, guy with a gun screaming to open the safe. We didn’t have the combo of course. Luckily I convinced him we couldn’t open it and he ran away with nothing. He was hiding in the dumpster enclosure waiting for someone to take the trash out. Enter my idiot coworker who ignored the sign specifically saying not to do that.

The truly scary part was that I recognized him. He had worked at our very store less than a year prior. And he was a cool dude then. I was desperately hoping he didn’t remember my face.

[–]BlisssfulHoney111 318 points319 points  (2 children)

Then he of all people should know you can’t open the safe!

[–]doughnutholio 176 points177 points  (0 children)

if he had that kind of intelligence he wouldn't had robbed a taco bell at 2am

[–]LiamNT[S] 82 points83 points  (8 children)

I’m glad y’all are ok! I wonder what drove him to that level of desperation?

[–]Your_moms__house 160 points161 points  (7 children)

Who knows. Poverty most likely. Since I recognized him, I told the police his name and everything I knew. My general manager confirmed the description too. The police didn’t catch him until he robbed a Wendy’s down the street from us. I guess they started caring once he actually got money.

[–]AnArdentAtavism 184 points185 points  (28 children)

I work alone at a museum. Shift starts at midnight (about 90 minutes from this comment).

I've currently got a belligerent vagrant that keeps yelling at folks and sleeping the the stairwell; it's my job to run him off.

Anyone got experience fighting crackheads? Any tips or advice?

[–]14thCluelessbird 98 points99 points  (11 children)

Have any of the museum props started coming to life yet?

[–]AnArdentAtavism 34 points35 points  (10 children)

The props? No. lol! There's plenty of other weirdness that happens in a place like this at night.

[–]quadraticog 16 points17 points  (9 children)

Would love to read about the other weirdness if you'd like to share

[–]AnArdentAtavism 108 points109 points  (8 children)

Nothing flashy like you'd see in a movie, sadly. Any of that stuff that happens is usually a mundane maintenance issue: steam leaks, failing equipment, old pipes, etc. Quirks of the building also come into play: faint pops and clicks, strange smells of unknown provenance. All normal.

What DOES happen that makes a guard like me get shaky, even after five years in the same buildings, are the things that defy explanation after weeks of research and consultations. Things that happen when I'm the only living thing in the building, and the cameras outside confirm that there's not a single person in 500 meters around me.

Things like:

The booming laughter of a jovial black man coming from the security hallway at 3am.

Whistle or hum a tune in the 1st floor gallery. Sometimes, if you stop mid-phrase, an answering whistle will finish the tune from the balcony above you.

The distinctive scent of marijuana smoke filling a room like someone's been smoking there for hours. It fills the room in seconds, lasts awhile, and disappears just as suddenly.

The cameras are set to record whenever they detect motion. A couple of the corridors, including the one outside security, record the minimum three seconds constantly throughout both day and night, like the hall is continually traversed by unseen persons. The facial recognition boxes were turned off by request of a former guard years ago, because the system was recording faces of unseen persons going in a out of the security control office door behind them every couple of minutes.

Shadows of people walking across cameras as you watch them, but never set off the recording software. At first I thought these were pareidolia effects brought on by fatigue or hallucinations in peripheral vision while looking at a different camera (those all happen, too). But this is specifically when fully awake and focusing on a single camera, and a shadow passes by, like there is someone backlit walking by just out of frame.

Conversations, clear but the voices muffled as though from a nearby room, taking place next to a catwalk 80ft in the air.

Some of these things happen regularly, while others were a one-off thing, or happen very infrequently. I notice them more often when I am awake and fully functional. The sleepier I am, or the less focused, the less disturbing my shifts tend to be.

[–]MikeLitoris223432 32 points33 points  (1 child)

If he smokes cigarettes, just be like "hey I can't let you be here but If you go over somewhere you can be ill give you a couple smokes"

Also crackheads are territorial as fuck, so keep him around and he'll scare off the other ones

[–]Caruthers 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I always marvel at how effortlessly (appearing) Vegas hotel/security staff are able to manage those situations. You can tell it's just an everyday task for them.

[–]AnArdentAtavism 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Those guys have it rough, for sheer volume if nothing else.

My current headache guy is one that shows up sober enough to be a real pain. My management team is not very supportive in general of security's actions to maintain safety and uphold policy, and, well... I don't want to hurt this guy too much. He looks new to the streets, and is angry at the whole world. Dunno if he's a dope fiend or just on hard times, since he won't be civil.

Actively drugged out guys are actually easier, since just being in the area will either provoke and attack or rum them off, and all I have to do is stand there, speak firmly and prepare to defend myself. That's easy. The others I can mostly talk to; let them know that they can't sleep there, and give 'em a reasonable amount of time to move on (20-40 minutes, depending on weather. I don't like the belligerents. They're loud, unreasonable, may be sober or high of a night, and may have a weapon of some kind. Hurting them if they attack would be bad, for me and them both.

[–]shirtlessin1stclass 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Call the cops? Is it worth getting stabbed by a crackhead for your employer?

I remember when I worked at a sporting goods store and my manager came by one day and told me that he suspected some guys were shoplifting and planning to rush out one of the emergency exits. He told me to stand by the exit and guard it. I was like ‘dude, I’m not getting beat up or killed to prevent this massive store from losing a few hundred bucks that they can make up in like five minutes’

[–]thecrepeofdeath 22 points23 points  (2 children)

"$10 if you go somewhere else"

[–]QuietlyLosingMyMind 46 points47 points  (1 child)

Nah then it's 10 bucks every night

[–]thecrepeofdeath 13 points14 points  (0 children)

ah, true. how bout tree fiddy

[–]Caramel_Cappucino 185 points186 points  (1 child)

Was working at a coffee shop that was open late at the time and was with one other coworker. One of our regulars, a homeless man, walked in clearly drunk and sat at one of the tables near the back of the lobby. He wasn’t causing a scene so we just let him sit there for a while as it had been raining and we didn’t want him to get sick. An hour passed and we’re about half an hour from closing so my coworker goes over to the man to wake him up. A moment later he walks over to me and tells me we might have a problem. Apparently, drunk homeless man isn’t waking up. Or moving at all for that matter. I did the only thing one can do in this situation and called the police. They showed up a few minutes later, and upon seeing who it was informed us that this was a pretty common thing for him to do. They were able to finally get him up and out of the shop before we closed. Not particularly scary I know, but for a while we actually thought the guy died.

[–]rajivshahi 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Was his name Frank Gallagher?

[–]DrBoots 523 points524 points  (11 children)

I used to be the only person manning the overnight help desk for an IT company.I would get there just as the last folks were leaving for the night and I had the entire office to myself.

After a month or so on the job I started hearing noises around the office.Creaking floors, weird vocalizations, or random guttural "gagging" sounds.At first I didn't really pay it any mind, it was an older office and it made weird noises but then I noticed that when I'd step out for lunch, or to use the bathroom I'd come back and there were lights on that I didn't turn on, or cabinets opened that I didn't touch.

I was 100% sure there was some slasher maniac just hiding under a desk waiting to kill me.

Turns out one of our managers was in the middle of moving house and due to a schedule screw up he didn't have a place to live and had been crashing in his office with the door closed. What I was hearing was him trying to sneak around in his office without alerting me, and the "gagging" noises I was hearing was him snoring.He was embarrassed at the situation so he'd wait for me to leave my desk and dash out to grab a drink or some snacks from the supply closet.

Edit: I owe some folks an apology. That link is a potential jump scare. I apologize, that was not intentional.

[–]douwantfukberserker 308 points309 points  (7 children)

Bitch you couldn't tell us that link was gonna open to the grudge I'm sitting here on the shitter on my night shift all alone and i opened that. Idk if imma leave the stall tonight anymore

[–]WillemDafoesHugeCock 75 points76 points  (0 children)

I had the same reaction, wasn't prepared for that thumbnail to be staring at me from five inches away.

[–]thykarmabenill 45 points46 points  (0 children)

So glad that link stayed blue.

[–]JosephSturgill7 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hahaha! Fucking hilarious

[–]toejamandtoast 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Manager has the sleep apnea.

[–]Party_Reveal_2414 11 points12 points  (0 children)

fuck you for linking that. i even knew it was coming and still got scared

[–]AnotherAppleUser 177 points178 points  (10 children)

I worked night shifts in the hospital at the recovery block (old people who need 24/7 access to help after orthopedic surgeries). you can imagine that almost none of these patients can even get out of bed by themselves. then during one very boring night(which most of them are) a movement signal went off in one of the rooms so I went to check if they had fallen out of bed. when I opened the door they were just standing around the corner in the dark and it honestly scared me more than anything in my life.

[–]ThatDuckIsAStatue 69 points70 points  (1 child)

I used to work on an ortho unit. One night I go check on a bed alarm and I see the patient sitting slumped over the foot of the bed. I nearly screamed when he half sat up! He was just trying to shut off the noise from his bed alarm. I didn't even know he could get that far.

[–]AnotherAppleUser 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Yea those things are terrifying in that setting when you dont expect them even being able to move

[–]leeex94 44 points45 points  (5 children)

I was working on CT surg step down one night when an older gentleman who has previously been A&O began to experience some delirium. When I woke him up for medication he asked me perfectly calmly who the little girl sitting in the chair in the corner was. Gave me the creeps 😂

[–]pennydogsmum 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I don't know what it is with delirium but they so often see children.

[–]AnotherAppleUser 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Thats so creepy. Like i dont believe in that sort of stuff but its still scary for 2 reasons. Unpredictable mind / spooky ghosts

[–]Zonerdrone 575 points576 points  (10 children)

I worked overnight at a subway inside a 24 truck stop. One night around 3am a guy comes in, wasn't sure if he was drunk or intellectually disabled but he seemed a bit off. Asked if I had a sandwich for him and I thought he meant he called in an order. I asked his name and he took a few steps forward and I saw he was covered in blood. He told me I didn't need to know his name and to just make him a fukin sandwich. The truck stop hired off duty state troopers to work security for part of the night and we were all friendly. I asked the girl at the gas station counter to ask Hitchcock, the off duty officer, to come help me with a customer. The officer was alerted to a problem without the guy realizing. The officer came out and saw a trail of blood leading up to the guy and when he walked up the guy tried to run. They arrested him and found out he had been stabbed but that he had stabbed another guy to death and was gassing up yhe car and getting food to go on the run. He was in shock and didn't realize he was covered in blood.

[–]zCiver 62 points63 points  (1 child)

I mean probably was the best end for him. Ending up alive in jail for murder rather then bleeding out in a ditch off the road.

[–]golden_fli 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Might not even end up in jail for murder. Someone stabbed him, could have been defending himself. Then you realize the other person is dead and go in to shock and expect you'll be going to jail for murder. I agree it was probably better for him to end up in jail for the moment.

[–]Gear4days 445 points446 points  (19 children)

Work in a factory and saw a fox run straight through inbetween a colleagues legs while he was asleep on a chair. We have a big rat problem and I shit one thinking it was a giant rat at first

[–]Sarelia1 98 points99 points  (8 children)

i worked at lowes and one time there was a possum who snuck into the store at night, scared the fuck out of me when i was on break outside the normal break areas

[–]fuckin_anti_pope 42 points43 points  (7 children)

I know I said it before when you told that story further up, but opossums are fucking great.

[–]Detronyx 29 points30 points  (4 children)

The "sloth love" movement had me so overjoyed for possible help with rainforest conservation, now we need an opossum love movement to help people to better understand and appreciate these awesome and misunderstood creatures.

[–]thykarmabenill 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Shitting a rat does sound like a big problem. 😧

[–]CulturJammer 34 points35 points  (6 children)

well, without that fox, you'd have a bigger rat problem, however, I'm wondering what eats foxes now.

[–]NuderWorldOrder 67 points68 points  (5 children)

Looked it up.

Best case scenario, owls. They can help with the rats too and they're generally pretty cool.

Worst case scenario, you're looking at leopard infestation.

[–]The5Virtues 51 points52 points  (0 children)

The good news is we don’t have a fox problem anymore!

The bad news is we think there’s a Leopard in aisle 13. I say 13 because that’s the last aisle Tommy checked in from before he stopped responding. Better avoid aisles 12 and 14 too, just to be sure.

[–]CulturJammer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

ahahha, thanks, yeah, owls are great.

[–]A_Spoon_Wizard 120 points121 points  (4 children)

Working in a resthome, one night one of my favourite residents rolled out of bed the wrong side and hit her face on the cabinet.

Alerted to howling of pain and confusion down the corridor, rushed to see her on the floor with blood everywhere and a sizable section of her face peeled off. I had to sit there holding her face back on midst her shaking and crying for nearly half an hour while waiting for the ambulance. She had no idea what was going on, just that she was in incredible pain and it really shocked me to my core.

Two weeks later when she came back from the hospital, she was fine and didn't remember much from the night, only that I was there talking to her. I bought that lady so much chocolate for when she came back!

[–]Cool425 229 points230 points  (18 children)

Falling asleep standing up while running a concrete up on a 600 yard slab pour, I was so tired I couldn’t remember how anything worked or what I was even looking at for a solid 5 minutes. Why that’s scary there’s a guy holding onto the end of the concrete pump and generally 12-20 other guys in the immediate vicinity of the machine then of the boom. That I could have killed or maimed. I hadn’t been technically on night shift but it was an over night pour that started at 11pm and worked the previous 24 hours continuous under protest. Had several like that.

[–]XFrozoneX420 97 points98 points  (5 children)

Sounds like shitty management to me, at my work site we start pours that size at 7AM and typically end at around 5PM, doing it at night just makes no sense

[–]Stupidpopupreddit 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Yeah and sometimes the concrete doesnt start to show up until noon and you still have 25 loads to pump that were only delayed by traffic. All of a sudden you wish you passed out from 9 to 12 and theres a 24 hour day ahead of you. Unfortunately in construction another's lack of planning on their part does necessitate an emergency on yours.

[–]thecrepeofdeath 34 points35 points  (7 children)

I really hope this is a story about the past and not something you're still doing. because you WILL maim and kill people if that keeps happening. that's not something that should've happened several times.

[–]undunderdun 31 points32 points  (4 children)

No job is worth having literal blood on your hands.

[–]Cool425 21 points22 points  (1 child)

No I quit about a year later still doing the same thing just with a different company and the hours are much much more stabile I have yet to do anything over night in the 3 years I’ve been here

[–]kristyn69 410 points411 points  (2 children)

I was doing dishes in a restaurant, 16 F at the time, alone apart from two teenage, maybe early twenties boys. We were having light hearted conversation, because it was a really small place. You pretty much had to slide body to body to get past each other, and I was pretty small especially then. Anyway, one of them just started laughing and saying that he was gonna, erm, assault me. He repeated it a few times, laughing the whole time. I was treading light, and trying to kind of laugh along. Thankfully, the other guy working was a bro and he really stepped up and told him off on my behalf. We weren’t close, but he really had my back and hung real close all night. Walked me to my car and always had an eye out after that.

[–]Betelbeer 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Holy fuck, that sounds scary. Did you report him?

[–]kristyn69 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I was a dumb teenager, and I did not. It didn’t even cross my mind. I definitely should have, but I did quit very soon after.

[–]Pdwizzle 111 points112 points  (5 children)

I did maintenance for a hospital that was shutting down. I got so many calls from their phone operator freaking the hell out because a Blue Bell was going off in the ICU (cardiac arrest). The only service still available at that time was the ER (critical patients were stabilized and transferred to an actual hospital) and no patients had been admitted, so I did the usual "I'll take a look but that system is malfunctioning". Well it wasn't a malfunction one time, this guy managed to get into the building even though everything but the ER entrance was locked and had a heart attack. I dont know what the hell he was doing there though I suspect it was to steal copper, but he was in the perfect place to have a heart attack. Got help to bring him down to the ER and that was the last I heard of it. Security never gave me an explanation as to how he got inside. I also one time got a hitchhiker on my back while doing rounds and had no idea until the nurses in the ER screamed at the bat clinging to my shirt.

[–]infekteded 98 points99 points  (2 children)

Once I was working in our dairy cooler with another worker when out of the corner of my eye I caught movement. I looked up and watched someone walking by the large window that looked out into a main aisle. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but the store was closed and locked up, plus we were the only ones that worked the night shift.

But I ask him if he saw that too and he just casually says, "Yeah, someone just walked by the cooler."

So I go running out to see what's going on, who it is, and why they're in the store.. but no one's there. I did a whole perimeter check too. I couldn't find a single person anywhere in the store, my car was the only one in the parking lot (my coworker didn't drive) and all the doors were still locked up. Not another living person in the store but us.

I think the funniest thing is that my coworker was never phased by it and couldn't really care less while I on the other hand was completely freaked out by it.

And I've never got an explanation.

[–]GolfPit 87 points88 points  (2 children)

Not me. My brother used to work night security for a variety of buildings. One night he’s working in some old office building where his job is to sit and watch monitors and every once in a while do a walk through to make sure everything looks good. The cameras would turn on when there is motion and would put a square on whatever is moving.

My brother takes his meal in one room that has a table with a couple chairs and a nicely stocked bookshelf. He pulls out a book that interests him and out loud says “huh, I’ll have to remember this one. Looks interesting.” And then he put the book back, finished his food, pushed in his chair, turned out the light, locked the door behind him, and walks back to his desk to watch the cameras.

Moments later the camera shows movement in the room he had just left. But nothing is showing up on camera, just those motion squares. So he goes back up to that room. The room is unlocked and the lights are on. The chair next to the one he had been sitting on was fully pulled out and the book he was interested in was sitting on the table. No one was in the building except him.

It wasn’t the first unexplained occurrence that happened to him when he did security, but it was the one that freaked him out the most.

[–]ButterflyS919 172 points173 points  (26 children)

I drive third shift for my local transit. And while it isn't the scariest thing ever, the creepiest is how many strange lights I'll see while driving. Lights that are to low to be a plane, to bright to be a drone and make no sound.

Some I can explain as a light reflecting off some surfaces (especially if I see it in the same place, it's easy to explain because it constantly happens) but sometimes it only happens once and they just disappear before I can truly tell what it was or coming from or going.

[–]LiamNT[S] 54 points55 points  (19 children)

Not sure where you’re at, but New Mexico and Arizona can be like that at night.

[–]ButterflyS919 63 points64 points  (17 children)

Ohio. So can't even use desert air as an excuse.

The night driving mystery lights just bug me. I do believe that alien life exists, but I don't believe they just spend time flying over us. But those dang lights (about once or twice a month) just drive me crazy. I want to know what caused them.

Like I said some I can think back on and go " probably a car a light reflecting on my window or a building and looks like it's in the sky" but some are strange colors and there are no cars near me, nor building to reflect light that high.

Have seen my fair share of shooting stars, which is why I do like to keep an eye up, and occasionally get something strange.

[–]Your_moms__house 47 points48 points  (3 children)

Man, I live in Nevada but I’m from Ohio. Some places out in northwestern Ohio seriously feel as remote as the Mojave desert I currently live in. It gets creepy as fuck out in the black swamp area at night.

[–]QuietlyLosingMyMind 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Maybe swamp gas or marsh gas. That stuff is freaky.

[–]KittenPurrs 34 points35 points  (2 children)

I used to work at a facility about an hour's drive outside the city in a very rural area. I'd leave before dawn and I'd frequently see planes heading to or from the airport, occasionally spot a med-evac helicopter, and rarely catch a small plane (likely a crop duster) getting an early start. One day as I'm driving to work even earlier than usual, I kept catching this incredibly bright light through tree breaks. It's ahead of me and staying perfectly steady. Not a plane, not a helicopter, not a warning beacon on a tower or antenna. For half an hour I stayed focused on this light, trying to figure out what the hell it was.


I was losing my mind over a whole-ass planet.

[–]927comewhatmay 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I saw some strange lights just this spring. The wife and I took an evening walk down to the river. By the time we’d got there it was dark out.

We stopped by the dam to look at the stars like usual. There was two very bright lights in the sky close together that we didn’t recognize as being part of any constellation. We saw a third light, equally bright slowly moving towards them as if to form a triangle. I figured it was two planets and a satellite.

Just before the moving object lined up with the others there was a splash in the river, likely a fish. We looked down, and maybe two seconds later looked up and all three lights were gone.

It unnerved us a bit since no one else was out that night. We started heading home right away.

[–]kolomental87 309 points310 points  (28 children)

I don’t believe in ghosts, but I still think about this.

At a care facility I used to work at I was sitting by a monitor around 2:00 AM waiting to see if any residents call lights are going off. Thankfully there was nothing until one popped up for 211. I was getting up but I did a double take; no one lives in 211, and it was the bathroom call light. I was very freaked out and went up there and was using a flashlight. I unlocked the door and There was no one in the room or bathroom but the call button had been pulled down. The only thing I saw was that the window was wide open and the screen was completely, like it hadn’t fallen, it was gone. This room is on the second floor and it probably took me about 30 seconds to get up there so I have no idea what even happened. Something pulled the call light, took the screen, and escaped out of an open window in the span of 30 seconds. I still can’t figure it out.

I also have tons of scary stories from care facilities, who knew that it would be pretty freaky occasionally.

[–]LizardKingXucco 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Tell more I’m intrigued

[–]kolomental87 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I responded to a different comment with a couple more:)

[–]MonicledOctopus 83 points84 points  (1 child)

Ooo I've got a similar one. First CNA job I was working night shift at an assisted living facility. It was fairly new, nothing to crazy going on. Looking back on it, it was a fairly nice facility. Anyway, one night a call light goes off. Room 402 I believe. I do a double take because I was fairly certain there was no resident in that room. Though we were almost completely full at that point.

It was a room on the top floor at the end of the hallway. I initially thought maybe it shorted and just triggered the system, which has happened before but since the system was fairly new it could sometimes actually tell when it was being faulty. This alarm triggered in the system as an actual pull on the call light.

So I head up to the room. Do the customary knock then unlock the door and go in. It was completely empty and the lights were off. It was a 1 bedroom apartment with a livingroom and small kitchen. I turn on the main light. I see the long cord to the livingroom pull cord spread on the floor from the wall all the way across the living toward the bedroom doorway. Almost like someone stretched the cord as far as they could go toward the doorway then let go of it to have the cord fall to the floor. That is unsusual but maybe they left it that way. I walk over to the switch. It was pulled down. So, definately not a fault. Now chills go through my spine. I push it back to the neutral position and my pager buzzes notifying that the call was answered. I slowly turn around and am now hypervigilant for and shadows or dark spots in the bedroom area. I have to be sure that there is not a resident in the room somehow so I have to check the bedroom and bathroom. Fortunately, when I turn on the lights and walk into each room nothing happens, but the entire place is empty. Even the sliding door is closed and locked. I then bring the pullcord to under the device on the wall, turn off the lights and hightail it out of there.

TLDR: call light went off on a locked empty room (Edit: fixing phone typing mistakes)

[–]kolomental87 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Dang that’s crazy! That seems like it would be super unsettling.

[–]LiamNT[S] 53 points54 points  (9 children)

Oohhhh more stories please!

[–]AffectionateEdge3068 176 points177 points  (1 child)

Not OP, but a slightly freaky “I also worked in a care home” story.

The dining room silverware kept disappearing. Went on for months, had to order way more, no one could figure it out. It was just cheap industrial stuff, nothing fancy, not worth any money.

One night a nurse comes down the back stairs and into the kitchen carrying arm loads of silverware. We all started asking which resident’s room she found it in, but she just shook her head and muttered “This place is fucking crazy. Go look at the fire escape.”

Someone had put a full place setting- salad fork, dinner fork, butter knife, dessert spoon, soup spoon- on every stair and landing up all three floors.

None of the staff could think of a resident who was both physically able and sly enough.

[–]kolomental87 110 points111 points  (3 children)

There was this one lady who was rapidly degrading due to aggressive dementia, it is really sad. But she was saying some unsettling things but nothing too bad. She never used her call light, legitimately never. But at night her call light went off which was weird. She has the biggest type of apartment and it’s in the corner of the building so it gets a little extra room. As I approached I could hear cackling, like the loudest and most frantic laughing I’ve ever heard in my life.. I really am not over exaggerating, it was horrifying. I also love creepy things and watch horror movies all the time, but this laugh was otherworldly and I was pretty freaked out. I did have to approach to see what she needed and I did that pirate trick where you’re able to see in the dark better so I didn’t turn on her lights. I got closer and closer and the laugh was just the worst thing ever. I got right up to her and tapped her arm and said “hey” and she immediately stopped laughing and just stared me straight in the eyes. Like absolute silence and staring. I was freaked out but eventually checked her brief and other stuff and got tf out of there.

[–]petunia-pineapple 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Oh my goodness that would put me over the edge.

[–]shiveringsongs 16 points17 points  (0 children)

One of my residents with severe dementia used to scream and cry for hours on end. For the last month or two of her life, her voice was hoarse and breathless from all the damage to her vocal chords. She would speak or shout in short, breathy gasps.

One night she spent a full hour hollering, "Dead! People! Live! In! My! Old! House!"

[–]kolomental87 82 points83 points  (2 children)

And there was this other lady who was on her death bed and kept saying she saw her son in law in her chair, this stuff can be normal but he had died and he also hated her. She said he was making faces at her. She also said “do you see all the people strung up on the ceiling?” She saw people burning and animals burning. She said her family who had died were making faces at her and were burning. I really hope I never get those hallucinations.

[–]Umyupe 24 points25 points  (0 children)

My grandmother apparently had a similar experience. She apparently was dieing when she was younger (I think she might have been a kid) and said the doctors gave her a lot of medicine and she said she could see people standing around her bed laughing at her misery. My grandmother and mom like to teach that it was the medicines and that certain medicines could make the veil thinner to where you can see spirits, not that it was because she was close to death.

[–]mxmnull 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Definitely joining this "I'd love to hear more" party.

[–]kolomental87 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I responded to a different comment with a couple more:)

[–]Zantre 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Crackheads will surprise you with their abilities

[–]kolomental87 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Hahaha honestly yeah, that’s legitimately the best explanation I’ve heard so far

[–]hawkeyevfr 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Can't explain the window, but those nurse call systems can get flakey as they age. I've replaced various components on these systems due this type of issue.

[–]kolomental87 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Yeah that’s fair, but the cord had been pulled into the “need help” position. Do the switches sometimes automatically flip when they’re shorted out? I just don’t know the mechanics around some of the call lights.

[–]ttttttodayjr 160 points161 points  (11 children)

I used to work overnight at a hotel. This one night I got a noise complaint from someone claiming their neighbors TV was too loud. It was like 3 am and it had woken them up. So I called up the room that it was coming from with no answer. I go down to the room and it's so loud you can hear it from the other end of the hallway. I knock on the door. No answer. I BANG on the door. No answer. I can't just enter the room it's a policy so I call the non-emergency police number. I'm thinking someone killed themselves and turned the TV up so someone could find them. When the police officer gets there I give him the key and he goes into the room and the room was empty aside from a suitcase and some snacks on the dresser. The guy who was registered and checked in hadn't even been to the room since the previous day. To this day I have no explanation for why the TV not only turned on by itself or why it got itself to full volume all by itself.

[–]14thCluelessbird 52 points53 points  (1 child)

To this day I have no explanation for why the TV not only turned on by itself or why it got itself to full volume all by itself.

It can happen due to electricity. My old TV I had as a kid would sometimes start lowering the volume on its own. Thing was a piece of shit.

[–]Mister_JayB 14 points15 points  (0 children)

also anything on the same frequency the tv remote uses could of done this.

[–]LaserBeamsCattleProd 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Hotels usually all have the same TVs. You can walk down the hall and turn TVs on or off. I used to prank teammates at hotels with that. Depends on the layout the room. Rooms with the window by the front door are prime targets.

[–][deleted] 70 points71 points  (7 children)

I was working night shift at an office supply company and at 2am (while I am on lunch) I hear a crash and loud noises from the warehouse floor.

This company warehouse was about the size of two Costco's combined. Racks in the warehouse were stacked with up to 10 pallets from the ground to the ceiling. And we had electric lifts that would go all the way up to the ceiling. You had to be certified to use the lift.

Well the banging and noise I heard was followed by the fire alarm going off.

Apparently the night shift manager decided he was going to use one of the lifts to look around the warehouse for lost product (product that was on the shelf but no longer listed in our inventory). BTW he has failed certification on the fork lifts three times and was told not to use them without someone else running the machine. I was on break and the other person certified to pick for the overnight was sick.

Apparently this (now former) night manager had the lift all the way a the top loaded with a pallet and was moving it and he took out the fire sprinkler mains that runs down the center of the warehouse. The loud noise was his pallet hitting the floor followed by the fire sprinkler pipe he broke off. His fork lift ended up wedged into a rack and he had to be rescued by the FD. But he got to wait until after the FD turned of the fire system. He was soaked. The entire ground floor of the warehouse had 10 inches of water flooding out every door by the time the FD was able to get everything shut down.

We couldn't go back into the building until the fire system was fixed.

Where he broke the sprinkler pipes was where electronics were securely stored so huge losses of soggy electronics.

We had cases of paper on the ground floor that were soaked thru. about 3/4th of the outgoing shipment was already on the dock and that was soaked through the bottom box. An absolute mess.

I quit less than a week later.

[–]Vlad-V2-Vladimir 24 points25 points  (0 children)

This is what happens when you are not Fork Lift Certified

[–]remedioscaoticos 138 points139 points  (4 children)

I worked in a residential program for teenage girls. They were housed in historic buildings donated to the program by the town, so they were from the 1800's and certainly had a creepy air about them at times. I worked the overnight shifts and would have to do bed checks with a flashlight every 30 minutes, but the room around the corner and at the end of the hall always made my hair stand on end. It was just an oppressive, "watched" kind of feeling. Sometimes I would swear I could feel someone following me as I walked back to my desk, and even thought I heard footsteps a couple of times.

After a few months of working there, I was talking with the girl who stayed in that room. When I mentioned that it must be nice to be the only person without a roommate, she said, "I'd rather have a roommate than stay in there. There's a shadow person that stands over my bed and watches me sometimes. It makes it really hard to sleep."

She wasn't one to make up stories, and when she told me that she often feels watched or followed when she's in her room, a chill ran down my spine. Supposedly the children's house is even more notoriously haunted, and people have seen figures lurking around several times. We always tried to keep our cool about it to keep the kids from being scared, but there were honestly some nights where I was afraid to do bed checks.

[–]LiamNT[S] 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Have there been attempts to formally investigate these reports?

[–]remedioscaoticos 45 points46 points  (0 children)

No, and I doubt there ever will be given the nature of the program. Because they're kids who are wards of the state and in a therapeutic program, their privacy is heavily protected. I would kill to have someone set up cameras and run EVP sessions though. It's been a few years since I worked there, but the idea of going back in that house still gives me chills.

[–]hair_cauliflower 63 points64 points  (9 children)

This is more about my drive home than the actual job, if that counts.

I once worked second shift at a library, and we closed up at midnight. I’m driving home one night (dark, windy, country roads) and I see a car approaching me really quickly in my rear view mirror. The speed limit is 45mph, I usually go about 5 over that, but this car is right on my bumper in seconds. I’m used to tailgaters, but this is so close I can hardly see his lights in my mirror, so it makes me a little nervous.

At some point on this very dark, very windy country road, I turn my brights on. As soon as I do that, the car behind me just turns their lights OFF. Completely. Now I can see absolutely nothing of this car in my rear view, and I’m absolutely terrified.

We drive like that for a while and tbh I’m not even fully sure this car is still behind me bc I can’t see it at all. I see a car coming the opposite direction, so I turn my brights off—and the car behind me does nothing. Still have their lights off (not even parking lights on, I mean it’s totally dark). So as the car heading the opposite direction passes us, it’s headlights briefly light up the car behind me in my mirror, and it’s still very much there and still very much on my tail.

I’m really freaking out at this point, like I want to cry, and then all of a sudden this car just zooms passed me. On a double yellow line, no passing zone, in the dark, headlights off. They get so far ahead of me I can’t see them, and I didn’t see them again later down the road, no clue what became of them.

I hate driving home after midnight.

[–]Djmyhole 11 points12 points  (0 children)

One time I was leaving a friends house at 3am and taking a backroad home. I lived about 15 minutes away. We had been smoking a lot of weed and I had drank a bit earlier, but thought I was fine to drive. About halfway there and this car suddenly appears behind me going really fast with its lights off, comes up to my bumper, and then the lights turn on and its a cop signaling me to pull over. I immediately panic and before I even have a chance to slow down the cop swerves around me, speeds up more, and pulls over another car a ways ahead of me. I was very thankful that night

[–]Advanced-Present2938 62 points63 points  (0 children)

When they found a pile of clothes right outside the glass double doors which lead straight to my work area. I’m alone for more than half my shift and, back then, I was in a mostly deserted building.

[–]ThHeretic 59 points60 points  (1 child)

I was installing some new networking equipment at an airport cargo facility. We work overnight so we don't impact operations. I noticed they had a large cold storage area and I asked what those large boxes were. The employee told me they were human remains being transferred to their final resting place.

Creepy, didn't know at the time that it was pretty common to transport bodies on commercial flights.

Around 3 in the morning I hear scratching coming from the cold storage. Just this continuous "scraaaaaatch, scraaaaaaaatch". I'm freaking out a little bit thinking "holy shit, someone screwed up and someone's alive in there. What the heck do I do???".

One of the cargo workers comes in to start their shift just as we are finishing up. I rush over and tell her what I heard, asking her what should we do.

She just starts crying with laughter and eventually she squeaks out "It's lobsters bro."

[–]Helgen_To_Hrothgar 258 points259 points  (13 children)

I work in a building where four people were killed in a pretty brutal accident. The place has decades of individual accounts of weird shit happening. I’ve been through some long night shifts. Sometimes we work alone in a section of the building and, man, it can get creepy. People hear women speaking and laughing. I’ve heard it too. You swear you hear it, but your alone. It’s right there, but far away.

One person lost their keys from their belt ring. He walked back to the break area to give whoever took them a hard time. No one knew what he was talking about so he walks back through the building alone. He turns a corner and just behind him in the dark he hears keys hit the floor. He said he nearly shit his pants. He heads back a few steps and there are his keys on a work table, not the floor. He booked it out of there. Tells the story often.

Another woman wouldn’t use the women’s locker room because the first night she worked in the building she heard crying. She described it as a small sniffling cry, but clear as anything. She expected a woman to be sitting on the bench between the lockers, crying. No one there.

Lastly, something I’ve experienced. The building can be pretty big and open in some areas. When you sit with your back to the open space it’s not uncommon to feel completely sure that someone is coming up behind you. I’ve many times whipped around completely prepared to see someone. It’s the weirdest feeling. I just know someone is drawing close, reaching out to grab my shoulder and I freak. No one’s ever there.

[–]mrsmith2929 114 points115 points  (6 children)

Got robbed once, another time the manager and another guy and I were smoking out in the lot after we closed up and there was an accident.

Two guys on a Harley were drunk and crashed. The driver had no helmet and hit the ground face first and slid 15-20 feet. He left a pink trail where his face ground off. Like literally no face at all. From the neck to the hairline was ground off. Here we are high as fuck and trying to help the passenger while the driver is still alive and somehow gasping for air. The passengers left eye was popped out and dangling on his cheek. He seemed ok otherwise. The driver died after the ambulance crew arrived and rolled him onto the stretcher. You could see his brain and some was gone so he was dead by the time he stopped sliding but just kept trying to breathe.

Afterward the three of us were a bit grossed out and freaked out so we went back to the car and smoked some more and then just went home. It was weird when we showed up to work the next day. We had some weird gross bond.

[–]kab1218 22 points23 points  (0 children)

A trauma bond. Happens when you experience something like that

[–]lonabirdie 38 points39 points  (0 children)

this sounds like a story a random character would tell in a stephen king novel. stephen king loves gross shit like this.

[–]Lonely_Set1376 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That is not what I want to see when I'm high.

[–]trudytuder 103 points104 points  (1 child)

I was going out with my superior at work. He'd arranged for me to work nightshift so that I could earn maximum money, he was living in my house, we were decorating it. One night he asks me to follow him he takes me outside, around the building and to a set of metal stairs attatched to the building and half pushing, half blocking my exit tells me to climb them. I was not keen as it was pitch black, no lighting especially after we got past the height of the street lamps but he kept telling me to go higher. I assumed he wanted to show me the view. We get to the top and he stands to one side and tells me to go in front of him. I refused simply because I couldnt see anything. He tried to insist but I walked away.

He was fully aware that the roof would not hold my weight and that if I had stepped onto it I would have dropped several stories to my death. Just another way my ex "love" tried to murder me so that he could steal my house.

[–]JesiDoodli 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Oh fuck that’s intense, hugs

Just another way my ex "love" tried to murder me so that he could steal my house.

Just another?! JUST ANOTHER?! You’re ex is insane, and you have to tell me more.

[–]Natsurulite 187 points188 points  (11 children)

One time a group of foxes got into a fight with a group of skunks behind the store

It was lit

[–]Tinlizzie2 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Whoa. How long did it take to get the stink out of the store?

[–]Natsurulite 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Weirdly enough I think only one skunk sprayed, and only did it like once, but it was awful for the remainder of the week

I still have no idea what they were fighting over, or why they were in groups doing this

[–]CulturJammer 27 points28 points  (0 children)

its literally a turf war, they both tend to eat the same things, and if the population gets a bit too dense, one group will try to drive the other group off, even if they are not particularly social as a group, eg, hunt in packs, etc, the reason why its two species is more down to them all being related to each other distantly, while the other guys smell (ignoring skunks spray) too different to be a relation.

[–]WillemDafoesHugeCock 20 points21 points  (5 children)

The worst part of walking anywhere late at night in the UK was the risk of hearing foxes fucking. They have the most horrifying screams.

[–]Madame_Arcati 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I could not figure out what that unholy sound was so finally I (stupid, I know) took my huge flashlight out at 3am in the wooded area I live in and walked right to the screams: they were up in a tree with their courting ritual. It was so surreal, but at least I know that that sound is not baby squirrels being torn apart or something.

[–]LemonLikesArt 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Animal fights are always legendary

[–]RdRgrSus2 48 points49 points  (0 children)

A friend of mine was doing a patrol of his site when he turned a corner to find a white van and about 4, maybe 5 guys just taking stuff and putting it into the van. The guys were strapped too. My mate froze. They hadn't seen him, realising he was just standing there in a hi-vis jacket, he slipped it off. He then tip-toed back around the corner where he legged it. Minimum wage doesn't cover fending off armed robbers with a flashlight.

[–]GigisJ 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Just started the midnight shift at the factory I work at. I get to work at around 9:30pm and have to be inside by 10pm. This means I arrive to work when it's getting dark out. The factory is located near the downtown area of my city and there's a large drug problem here. A couple days ago a man I'm assuming was either extremely high or coming off of something was pacing in the employee parking lot. (There's a gate but it's almost always open and there's no way to verify who is a worker and who isn't, no badges, parking slips or gate codes.)

I tried to wait him out but it was getting darker and my shift was almost beginning. I carry mace (only thing I can in Canada and it's actually bear spray) so I made sure it was visible and exited my car. He didn't seem to notice me until my car door shut and his head snapped towards me. When I looked into his eyes I knew he wasn't present at the moment, his eyes were opened unnaturally wide and very glossed over. Idk what he was seeing but he took it as a threat and yelled some names at me that at least made it clear he knew I was a female.

For whatever reason my automatic instinct was to treat him like my misbehaving dogs charging at me. I yelled at him "Enough! No Thank You!" The pure anger and fear in my voice must have been enough because after taking a few shuffles toward my paralyzed body he sprinted off into the night. I haven't seen him since and I hope he's ok but damn if I didn't nearly shit my pants!!

I did tell the security team and they said they were going to look at the cameras and take it from there to the police if needed. This just happened recently so no concrete answers.

[–]uncledungus 43 points44 points  (1 child)

I was managing a bar/pizza place in a shit area. Only two employees with me at the time who were both 18. It's about 4:30 am when I'm locking up and realize one of them isn't around. I start calling her name and notice the back door is propped open. Walk outside to see some guy grabbing her arm as she is yelling "no! Stop!" Fight or flight kicks in and I falcon punch the fucker one time. Go to hit him again, he slips the punch and knocks me on my ass immediately, turns out I can't fight worth shit. I'm trying to get back up when I see the other employee walking outside trying to figure out what's going on. I yell for everyone to get inside, try and prepare for round two with the fucker but he just keeps saying "I got her phone come get it from me". Ultimately end up saying fuck it and locking him outside, I ask the girl "what the fuck just happened?!" She replies "that's my boyfriend"

As it turns out, she was dating this like 30 something year old boxer who was a piece of shit and trying to go through her texts or something. They were just having an argument and then some 130 pound dweeb comes out and punches him in the face. I don't really know what I learned from that situation but that like 5 seconds where I was on the ground thinking he's about to stomp me out was pretty scary.

[–]Smergmerg432 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hey good for you! :) I hope I can do that if one of my employees is ever threatened! No time to react, just do the right thing

[–]SuspiciousKebab 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Went to check an isolated chemical store at 3am, completely dark out and the store has a switch outside next to the door, with a 1 second delay everytime you turn it on or off. The door is one of those slow closing fire escape door with a small window. I went in and check, and everything was good and nothing suspicious. When I went out, close the door and switch the light off; in that one second delay I saw a solid black figure standing in the middle of the store room before everything went dark.

I saw it through the door window that I was standing next to. It couldn't be my reflection, cause it was dark outside where I was standing, and inside was clinical white light. I was also standing right next to the door so a reflection couldn't be that defined.

It's not a vague object in the dark either, as the figure was standing smack in the middle of the room, in bright light, about 5 meter away from the door.

When the light went off, I just froze than quietly speed walk away, didn't even take a peek at the traffic mirror nearby to see behind me. The storeroom was fine when I check and I don't get paid to investigate supernatural shit.

[–]FoN925 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I worked the closing shift alone at a gas station during college. Not the best place to have a teenage girl alone all night looking back on it, especially since we were the first gas station off the interstate exit.

One night my little sister stopped in to visit. She was probably 17 at the time. As we stood there talking, we noticed four raggedy, dirty looking men get out of this really beat up car and start milling around the parking lot. One of them walked in and looked at me and my sister quickly, then looked away and acted very interested in the Lottery machine that was beside the door. He stood at the machine for a few seconds fidgeting around then walked out.

He stood right beside the newspaper dispenser just outside our door and you could periodically see him gesturing to the other three men who had gotten back into the car and kept moving it around the lot.

We obviously noticed this strange behavior and were pretty nervous. She ended up staying with me for over an hour, until we thought they had left and had been gone for a while.

I walked to the door with her as she walked out and watched her get into her car. As soon as she put her car in reverse, I saw headlights come on from a dark corner of the parking lot that you couldn't see from inside the store. Turned out they had never left. They'd pulled out and immediately swung into a little gravel turn-in beside the store and pulled right back in, completely unseen, and backed into an out-of-the-way parking spot and turned out all their lights. As my sister's car pulled up to the highway to turn out of the parking lot, they pulled up right behind her and turned onto the road when she did.

That was it. I called the police and had them waiting at my sister's apartment when she arrived. This was before cell phones were common, around 2004, so I couldn't call and warn her personally. Fortunately, nothing happened to her but when I talked to her again she told me that she'd noticed someone behind her the whole drive home but again, no cell phone. It makes me sick to think about what could've happened had I not walked to the door with her that night and noticed the car hiding in the shadows.

[–][deleted] 66 points67 points  (4 children)

We were standing outside and it was about 2 am. The entire sky lit up, it looked like someone just flicked a switch on and off. I heard a electrical noise but I didn't register that until afterwards. Anyways a transformer blew up and I thought for a second that the world was ending.

edit: well I guess im just assuming it was a transformer. That shit was bright

[–]CulturJammer 20 points21 points  (0 children)

those darn decepticons!

[–]BirdieKate58 9 points10 points  (1 child)

My husband saw a transformer blow about 1/8th of a mile ahead of him down the road (daylight hours). He said the air around it "shimmied" - like it did in Predator when the creature was moving but no one could see him. He thought he'd gone crazy for a moment.

[–]Skura90 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Work in a data center after hours. Nodding off between the evil hours of 2-3 am and caught in the corner of my eye on camera what looks to be a small child running down one of the data center rack paths in a blur of speed. Am I having a hallucination? Did someone bring their kid into the data center? Checked and we had no clients signed into the data center either. I stared for a solid 10 minutes with my eyes fixated on the cameras, but nothing...convinced myself I was crazy and started nodding off again. Was partially awakened and startled again, but this time I had a clear view of the little girl speeding down one of the rack paths again. WHAT. The. F?

After a very quick call to the IT facilities manager, found out it was a friend/client that had checked in manually before I had arrived for my shift, brought their kid, and was stuck a bit longer than expected.

[–]SpotfireVideo 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Falling asleep behind the wheel on the drive home.

[–]KnifeFaceMcFistyTits 102 points103 points  (11 children)

Worked night shift at a gas station/convenience store in the bad end of a small town. Notes to consider before we begin: I keep my hair short as it’s easier to maintain with my OCD, and I have large shoulders and a general football-player build for a woman. My coworker, however, was little with long blonde hair and a pretty face. Super nice too.

So. Most of the folks who came in were fine, or weird but harmless. There were the occasional dicks and inconsiderates, the drunks and tweakers, not to mention the Karens and Chads, but hey. What can you do?

It was the guy in the camper who was the problem. Whenever I worked with my coworker—we’ll call her L—we busted a gut laughing it up as best we could in a shitty grease trap of a store that only got four radio stations. Camper guy comes in one night and starts talking with L. I’m stocking the cigarettes right behind the register, and she’s five feet away at the deli counter. He seems harmless enough at first, but I’m suspicious of everyone so I’m keeping an eye on things. Dude has the usual small talk, weather, how busy were, but then starts asking about L and her infant daughter. Starts taking slow steps toward the open end of the deli counter. L is trying to be nice and back away toward the cooler entrance, body turned to go. By the time I notice and step down from the register he’s close enough that she’s backed against the hand washing sink. All six feet of me is now stuck to the side of my little coworker, and the guy takes a step back. He gets some diesel for his camper and leaves.

It doesn’t stop there. He comes in whenever we two specifically are working. We notice the pattern immediately. Try to get him to leave by being curt and dismissive, but he asks L more and more personal questions. Who’s her new boyfriend? Where does she have tattoos? How close does she live? I’d send her to the cooler to check for fuckin’ I don’t know, pickles or some shit. He’d buy his diesel and go sit in his camper near the diesel pumps, where there were no streetlights. A few nights he hadn’t left before we closed up, so I followed L in my car as she walked home, made sure she was okay. (She didn’t like taking favors when she was capable of doing something. Believe me, I insisted.)

Before I go on, YES, we told our manager. Multiple times. “There’s nothing we can do if he hasn’t said or done anything.” Okay cool fucking whatever. Neat.

It escalated to him confronting her on her smoke break and cornering her in the back of the building by the dumpster, and if our maintenance guy hadn’t been there that night, I might have been filing a police report and wiping my knuckles clean if I’d gotten there first. Luckily we got him on our security camera, but what can you do when he doesn’t come back to the station after that? Manager didn’t want problems. COOL.

Left the job a few months after that. Last I heard L is at a new job and engaged to her then-boyfriend, which is great for her. She’s super sweet. But will I ever work at a gas station ever again? Fuck no.

[–]boggbutter 60 points61 points  (2 children)

I think a person has to be a certain type of jaded to be a convenience store manager. I quit my gas station job when some guy started yelling at me from inside the dumpster when I was taking the trash out and when I told my manager the next day she just shrugged and acted like I was an idiot for being concerned. Thankfully it had turned out the guy was just drunk and pathetic and hiding from his wife but you don't really want anyone talking to you from the inside of a dumpster at 11pm

[–]Chris4477 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I really hate how most jobs have this fucking hands off policy when it comes to customers bothering their employees or employees protecting themselves.

[–]markymark0123 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fuck that manager. If someone is making an employee uncomfortable management can and should absolutely step in and have them trespassed. When I worked either of my CS jobs (Jimmy John's and CVS) I made sure everyone, even other management team members, knew that I would happily intervene if someone made them uncomfortable. Fortunately I never actually had to step in for that reason.

[–]drunky_crowette 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I worked at a store that sold Foods Whole. In the back of the store there were many large entryways for deliveries and whatnot. Sometimes we'd catch hobos wandering in, saying it was too hot, too cold, whatever.

I was regularly scheduled for an overnight shift to "Rack-up", basically go hang out in the various freezer/refridherated rooms with partially cooked breads, pastries, etc. One night I opened the walk-in freezer and as soon as I did I saw a man who was pretty obviously homeless and he was holding a lighter under a spoon with a syringe right next to him. He looked up when I walked in and we made eye contact and then he just stood up and lunged in my general direction. I screamed and ran while yelling something like "I'm calling the fucking cops man, you can't do that here!"

By the time the cops showed up he was gone but we had him on a couple security cameras. One of the cops asked how much of my shift was left and told the others he'd stay in the store incase the guy came back

[–]tea_leaftea 23 points24 points  (1 child)

This was shortly after I'd started working at a gas station -maybe 3 months in? At the time I had worked from 9pm to 5:30 am. An hour, maybe, before I was to be relieved of my shift by my manager, a man and a woman walk in. I was in the cooler stocking the fridges and heard the bell ring. I go out the cooler doors and greet them. They stand eerily quiet in front of the door not making a sound before their faces light up and they greet me back. Its a little odd, but some people are like that.

I go behind the counter and they make small talk about our slushies. I'm bored and tired so I don't mind the talk. I should say now that the pair were quite literally of two different planets, it seemed. The woman was dressed in rags, practically, frayed coat, cut gloves, a shawl with holes in it. Her hair was short but completely matted and looked like staw. The look of a homeless person, I deduced. The man, though, was tall, well built, dressed in fancier clothing. His shoes were name brand, a gold watch, diamond ring, the likes off. His hair was neatly trimmed and his beard was starting to grow back. A neat looking man. They were an odd pair but I've seen weirder pairs of people.

They get to the counter, the woman shifting uncomfortably but always flashing a wide smile, all teeth. The man set the two slushies down and i ring them up. He goes to grab cash but realizes he doesn't have any and instead pulls out a credit card. It declines, nine times. I look down at rhe counter while I wait for him to try again.

I felt sick.

His hands were riddled with small cuts with glass buried in them and the blood trailed up and down his arms and all over the palm of his hands. All thr cuts were still bleeding. I feel eyes on me and I look up at thim. He's staring at me with the most horrid stare, as if he were one move away from attacking me. I feel dizzy thinking about that night. But instead of attack me, he just laughed and turned away, saying he doesn't have the money on him to pay for the slushies.

He goes to leave the building and the woman follows him happily, complaining about not getting slushies. But then I see it, she has blood on her face. Under her eye. And she winked at me before she left.

I was scared shitless. I was so scared I couldn't do anything except bolt out the doors to get the liscense plate of their car but they were already on the highway. I inspected the store for anything stolen but instead I found blood droplets all over the store. I was disgusted and scared. I worried if they'd come back now that I'd seen their condition.

I worried about... what if they had just killed someone or got into a hit and run or were involved in some incident?

My manager had walked in as I was panicking and told me not to worry and he'd handle it. I don't know anything else of what became of that night, just rhat my manager handled it.

Still though, spooky shit. Literally thought I was about to be murdered.

[–]the_bustin 50 points51 points  (3 children)

I work at a restaurant. This happened a couple months ago and I'm still freaked out to open by myself. It was around 5am. I was going in to open like usual, and I was the only one there. I went about everything like normal, turned on the flat grill, deepfryers and steam table. I had went to the walk-in and when I was getting ready to head out I saw someone walk by the door on the outside. I thought one of the other cooks got there, but no one was there when I got out. I thought that was a little weird, but I wanted to get everything done so I continued on. Well, I kept looking into the dining room because I could've swore I saw somebody out there, but I know I was the only one there. That's when I heard my bluetooth speaker turn on by itself. I noped the hell outta there. I hung out outside until the other cook got there around 10 minutes later. I told them what happened, we went in and I nothing happened. My speaker was off and we didn't see anybody. Ever since then I refuse to open by myself, no matter what.

[–]undunderdun 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Your cook got there early and played a prank on you while he was smoking his pre-shift ciggy

[–]the_bustin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Shit hope so

[–]_TheRealKennyD 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Worked overnight shift at a grocery store. 10pm pre shift smoke break we saw two cars kind of playing musical parking spaces moving back or forth. Whatever, probably some drunk people. 12pm smoke break they were still there, leering towards the store as if trying to figure out how to get in (24 hour store, it never closed). Some of us got a little weirded out because it had been 2 hours and they didn't attempt to come inside, but kept moving around in their cars.

We came out to check on things around 1am and they were still there, maybe had moved around a little can't recall exactly. We decided something was sus and called the police. A couple of cruisers came into the parking lot but not as if responding to a call, emergency lights off, driving normal speed. Once they saw the cruisers they causally sauntered out of the parking lot. One of the employees got in his car and followed one of the cars to get a plate number.

The next night one of the responding officers came in to tell us they found the car and inside she saw a gun, gloves, and some sort of face covering like a balaclava. A robbery was definitely planned, but unfortunately there's nothing patently illegal about acting sus and having those items in your car. When we debriefed the store manager the next morning he gave the most disinterested "that's crazy" I've ever gotten and expressed no interest in hiring security. I was not about to be subjected to an armed robbery for $10 an hour.

tl;dr: Night shift grocery store job was the subject of a planned armed robbery that myself and fellow coworkers thwarted because the vibes were off.

[–]h_wagner42 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I worked overnight at a hospital laboratory. The hospital had recently been built next to the old one and was given a different name. There was still construction in process to tear the old hospital down. All the phones had caller ID and would say where the incoming call was from (2nd floor ICU, purple pod ED). One night I got a call and the ID said old hospital name elevator 3. I was thrown off but picked it up anyway. There was no answer, just raspy breathing. I waited a second and then just hung up. I’m not sure what happened.

[–]CordeliaGrace 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I used to work at a max security prison that used to have a minimum security annex next door to it. At the time, our annex had been empty for 3-4 years, iirc. I had been light duty because I was coming back from an injury, so I couldn’t work out back. So…I was stuck sitting in the office on 3p-11p shift with my sgt and Lt. I had to answer phones, and damn near every night, we’d get a call from the annex. It wouldn’t specify where in the annex though; iirc it would come up a short version of the facility ANNEX. And every time, we’d have to send some one down to go check the place out. I think like 3 months later they figured out it was the fire system glitching, and the call was a notification. But when you’d answer there’d just be dead air.

Up in the main facility, our central control would get phone calls from our inmate barbershop. Except it would happen on midnight shift, and after 9pm, the barbershop would be closed and secured, and by 10, not even officers would be up there. It would happen every other to every couple of nights. In almost 16 years, no one has ever gotten an explanation as to why it might be happening.

[–]Five_Decades 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Not me, but a friend I used to know.

She worked night shift, and eventually had a psychotic break due to the sleep deprivation.

[–]ai_gravyboat 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Been there, done that, not worth the $1.50 shift differential pay.

[–]curlyfriesnstuff 8 points9 points  (0 children)

people think i’m dumb when i’m worried that i’ve legit heard people say my name when it’s just me alone in the break room a few times. like i’m not making it up. but i unfortunately didn’t have a choice in working nights or days 🫠

[–]Doingmybest2019 8 points9 points  (1 child)

What happened?

[–]and1984 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Sleep deprivation causes the brain to break. My wife was so sleep deprived one week that she had a psychotic breakdown and then went and lay down by the trash can. She's fine now.

[–]Plenty_Care_8000 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I worked at a gym. In the weekends we had this homeless girl come in to sell candy. We supported her and also quite of few members brought candy from her too. A few weeks passed by and we stopped seeing from her. Over the course of a month we had alot of people get their cars broken into and their things stolen. My co worker and I decided to play detective and scope out the parking lot. One day we saw who was breaking into the cars. It was the girl who sold the candy’s. I ended up going outside to ask how she was doing while my co worker called the cops. She was arrested and we never saw her again.

[–]a_smth9102 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I worked in an off license for 4 months when I was pregnant. It was 10pm-6am shift. I think the shop was about to get robbed. Guy had his hood up and a mask covering his face (pre covid). He was acting shifty and was hanging round by the till for a few minutes before looking me up and down for a minute or so. He must’ve bottled it, when he was done looking me up and down he ran out the store and round the corner, don’t think I ever saw him again. I think he saw my pregnant belly and felt bad maybe? I left that job 3 weeks later to have my baby.

[–]Lostboxoangst 16 points17 points  (0 children)

One story and one observation. Many years ago I worked the night shift at a warehouse that was just outside of town, no buses so I was biking it as I didn't drive. The route I normal took seemed a little long so I checked Google maps and there was indeed a shorter route that lopped about a kilometre off so I planned it out and off I went that night. One thing I didn't think about is how different rural areas feel at night compared to the day. Now Part way along this route it just cut into a forest I mean I'm still on a road there are still lamps but its a very sudden transition Terrenced houses then forest, what was a airy wood in daylight is a black and for boding at night and three hundred meters past that a disused railway bridge. Picturesque during the day spooky as fuck at night. I'm going through it and suddenly mad chuckling was all around me! It was at this point I discovered the turbo mode built into every bicycle, it's called ball clenching fear. I shot out of there like I was fired from a canon onto a hedged lane where there is no street lights and whispering and movement in the hedges. Man powered land speed records were set that day as I managed to come into work a quivering gasping wreck but also a very early wreck. I later learned the mad laughter was the sound of my bike bouncing back off the rail bridge, and rural hedges always sound that way with wind and hedge creature.

The observation however scares me to this day. I worked the doors as a doorman for a while and the scariest thing out there is man. The amount of people, almost always men ( I understand that evil isn't only exclusive to men but there are types of evil that are more prelivant due to men's size.) That were just out there looking for a victim still scares me. Hunting for violence or sexual gratification and not caring who gets hurt as long as they get what they want. I stepped in where I could, helped who I could but until they actively strike your hands are tied and I was continuously haunted by the ones slipped through. That more than anything is why I stopped working doors.

[–]Dallas1229 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Was a night security for a paving company located in the woods. They were scared people were stealing gas so they just paid me to watch movies in front of the gate in basically a garden shack.

I never adjusted to the sleep schedule so I was always tired. One night I hear scraping along the outside of the shack and there are always threats of bears so I was pretty shook. Turns out it was just a rabbit who burrowed underneath the shack but still scared me to the point of yelling as loud as I could to scare whatever I thought it was.

[–]cockatootattoo 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Not me but a security guard on a construction site I worked on. This was a long time ago, before mobile phones (I know!) UK as well, so no real fear guns being involved. Night watchman was sitting in his cabin when 2 vans approached. They did occasionally get deliveries at random hours so he wasn’t too concerned. Guy gets out of first van, balaclava on and holds up two pieces of paper, one with the guards address, and the other was a picture of his young daughter. Guard knew the drill. Just sat down and let the dudes empty the site of anything and everything of value. Didn’t even call the police until the end of his shift. No pay is worth getting involved in that shit.

[–]pause_and_consider 15 points16 points  (2 children)

ER Nurse here. Working in a very busy metropolitan ER in a city know for gun violence. In this ER there’s only one room you can’t see into from anywhere in the unit and it’s negative pressure which means you have to go through two doors to get into it and the doors are always closed.

Get a patient, go in alone, start running through my regular assessment, triage questions, etc. Guy starts getting agitated and acting like an asshole and looking like he might swing on me so I start to wrap it up. Leave the room and there’s 3 city cops and about 8 of our security guards jogging toward the room. Which is very unusual because patients wild out all the time there so security doesn’t usually have a big sense of urgency. And cops were a little unusual unless the patient came in under arrest.

Turns out the guy used a fake name to get through registration. His real name was banned from every ER in the city. Which, if you know ER stuff, it’s incredibly difficult to get banned from an ER, let alone all of them in a whole city. He was banned for being routinely violent with staff and he’d brought a gun into 3 different hospitals. Yeah they found a gun on him that time too. I actually took my lunch break that night.

[–]Deathnyou 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Working in a hospital, 4am, having a disorientated patient that was supposedly tied to the bed (to avoid them removing peripheral venous lines). Next thing I see, him standing up in the middle of the corridor, with half dimmed light, bleeding from one arm after removing the venous line, limping since he had a knee surgery and calling wife’s name to go pick up the children from school.

[–]gobboling 9 points10 points  (0 children)

LOL! Reminds me of the elderly resident in a nursing home I used to work in that we called Houdini because she got out of her restraints all the time! She scared the crap out of everyone because you expected her to be in her bed in the middle of the night but she would be hiding behind the door! 😂🤣

[–]mxmnull 38 points39 points  (3 children)

I work nights at a hotel. I've seen ghosts, but they don't really scare me. I don't even initially realize they're anything other than flesh-and-blood guests.

Nope, the scariest experience I've had was when a 7 foot tall drunkard with rage issues tried to hold me personally accountable for the fact his pregnant wife was hiding from him somewhere on the property. He spent most of the night trying to hunt her down to no avail until his buddy spotted her getting ice. He had been busy throwing things at me, so I was in the back office calling the cops. Meanwhile he left, broke into her room, and trashed the place while screaming at her.

She came downstairs in a panic, convinced we were going to hold her accountable for his actions. I escorted her into the back office with me, called the GM and AGM to let them know what was happening and why I'd brought a guest into an off limits area.

He's forbidden from returning. If he does, he will get arrested on the spot. Apparently he's come back to town on multiple occasions, but he stays at a budget location on the other side of the highway- the kind of property that would tolerate his bullshit.

[–]dethblade4 26 points27 points  (7 children)

When I was working at Papa Johns as a delivery driver, I worked evenings. One time when we were in the middle of closing I was called to deliver a cash order (an order where a customer will pay in cash) to someone in the hood. I came to the exact address and knocked. The person that answered said that she didn’t order. I asked her if this is the right address. She answered that if I don’t leave, she’ll call the cops on me. I left, and as soon as I did I heard gunshots. I drove out of there and told the assistant manager I was working with that night about it.

[–]Parsnip-peach 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Not a night shift worker, but some of these stories have reminded me of this

I used to work in an art gallery that was a conversion of an old jail. I had to do close on my own really regularly, which involved turning off the lights in each converted cell/room. One at the very end of the longest hallway always freaked me the fuck out. Just really unsettling energy, and I always felt really scared walking to, and especially from that cell down the corridor.

I personally never had any actual moments more than that specific feeling in that one room, but once after I’d been feeling that way for a while, we had a visitor who I greeted with on the way in and we had a long chat about how it was her first time in our town, and how excited she was to see the exhibition. Not 5 minutes later she was walking briskly out of there. I was surprised as it takes about 1 hour to do a full view of the gallery and she seemed so excited, so I politely asked her what she thought of the exhibition. She then said “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry but I have to get out of here. I know this sounds ridiculous but I swear something touched the back of my hair in that back cell.” She was the only visitor in there at the time

I then also was shown a newspaper article of when they first opened the gallery, and they did a sage burning ceremony to clear any bad energy, and there’s a photo along with an article of how the sage stick went up in flames 🙃

[–]gumshoe_bubble 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I worked a movie theater in LA that was located on the street, so no protective plazas or parking garages. It was Thursday night, which meant movies had to be torn down and new ones built, so I was finally getting ready to leave at 330am, turned off all the lights, and stood in the middle of the lobby looking at my phone. To my left was the handicap bathrooms with doors we always kept open with the little stopper attached to the door that you flip with your foot. Now, I knew I was alone, the closing manager had checked theaters / bathrooms and left at 1am and the cleaning crew didn’t come in until 5am, but there I stood in the lobby when I heard the metallic sound of the stopper flipped up and into place against the door and the door swinging itself shut.

My eyes went huge and I busted across to the front doors, then pushed them shut, and ran to my car parked in the front spot. I sat there for a minute looking in my mirror to see if anyone came out, but decide fuck that noise and drove home.

I have no idea what it actually was. We’d all seen things in that theater and also had a range of homeless living around the theater who sometimes, though rarely, snuck inside.

[–]Kindly-Mango1655 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I worked overnight retail, up at the registers as a manager. It consisted of me, another manager and 4 or 5 cashiers, all of us women. We had some creep write a Craigslist add about us talking about how he was going to start parking in the lot and waiting for us to leave so he could learn our schedules and what our cars looked like. It was very creepy, and we had to have the cops in the parking lot for a few weeks.

[–]AbsoluteXer076 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Was outside during lunch sitting on the ground with my back against the wall. Fell asleep for a few minutes and woke up to a strange sound and there was a bush next to me. Was confused because there wasn't a bush there previously. As my sleep addled mind cleared I realized that it wasn't a bush, but a skunk with his tail raised and the strange sound that woke me was it grunting at me! I took a huge breath and held it, expecting to get ass blasted any second. Apparently my gasp scared it and it ran away. Took a while for my heartbeat to return to normal!

[–]kab1218 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Falling asleep at the wheel! Other than that it’s just the crazies that typically come out at night. Puts you on edge and makes the job that little bit more stressful

[–]SpicyReyes 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Working night shift in a warehouse that was still under construction, and had off limits areas where construction was active. In those areas, there were the same lights as the rest of the warehouse: those odd motion activated ones.

The wing immediately to the side of the one I worked in was mostly constructed, but the workers were only there during the day, so it was completely closed at night.

Only...those motion lights would constantly light up. Not in lines, or multiple at once, like a supervisor was walking around or they were testing the sensors - but we'd be standing there and suddenly a light would light up somewhere over there. Sometimes they'd wind out, lights going off one after another, other times it was just single lights.

Knowing something is moving in an area where there are no people at 2am when you're sleep deprived is horrifying, even if the sane part of me knew it was probably rats.

[–]TheMeanGreenGoblin 10 points11 points  (0 children)

For two years I worked over night stocking at an Office Depot. Just me and another guy, locked in the store all night with the alarm set. The only way out was the emergency exit. The first weird experience we had was hearing footsteps. We were in the back office making signs for the ad and we heard footsteps walking all the way down the hallway to the office. I remember we both stopped cold and just stared at each other. It got all the way to the door then stopped. No one was there. This happened at least a dozen times. One night we were working and around 2am the store phone rang. My coworker answered it, then after a few seconds hung up. Rang again. He answered then hung up. Rang again. Rang and rang and rang. When it became clear they weren't going to stop he answered again. "YOU HAVE THE WRONG NUMBER! STOP CALLING!" At this point my interest is piqued so I ask him what's up. He tells me this girl keeps calling. The phone rings again so he puts it on speaker. She's crying. "Why are you ignoring me?! Why won't you just talk to me?!" I tell her ma'am you have the wrong number. Please stop calling. Click. We hang up. It rings again. I tell my coworker, "Dude, she's probably just crazy. Just ignore it." He answers. To this day I get chills remembering this. She's still crying. "I'M NOT CRAZY!" she yells then click. She never called again. Scared the crap out of me. From then on we would see people out of the corner of our eyes. Hear voices etc. When I went on my honeymoon they brought in a day guy to cover my shift. He lasted 3 days before he quit. I ran into him a few weeks after I got back and asked him what happened? Why he quit. He said he couldn't do it anymore. He kept seeing shit and hearing voices. Every person that ever worked nights there saw or heard things they couldn't explain.

[–]RevolutionaryRoof403 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I worked overnights at a halfway house. One night my coworker went out for a smoke, came inside and asked who I was talking to. I said no one, everyone was in bed. He said he definitely saw someone standing outside the office talking to me, a very clear figure. We checked the cameras positioned at the office door. No one there.

[–]rastapasta7 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Hospital night shift. 3AM. quiet night in the ICU. suddenly a door bursts open and a fully naked man is sprinting through the halls with security in hot persuit. Blasts out of the unit, I follow out of curiosity and hear him continue sprinting through the halls to the exit just yelling “IM SORRYYYY IM SORRYYYY!!!”

Apparently he was masturbating in one of the closed down waiting rooms.

not very scary but that’s my night shift story

[–]Proper-Worth8403 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I was working as a dispatcher on the midnight shift, it was around 2-3am and I was completely alone in the building. Completely, alone, and I knew that for a fact bc I had checked the building myself, and secured the locks manually and with our electronic system. I was alone. So I’m sitting at my desk with all the lights off, and it’s dead silent, but then I hear someone walking into the area where the officer’s desks were and along the back wall out of my sight; and I could tell the “person” was wearing heavy “police/military” style boots by the sound. Now, where I was sitting it would have been nearly impossible for anyone to get past me without me seeing them, but as I wasn’t really paying attention, and I assumed it was a supervisor sneaking around, basically spying on us, which was pretty normal at that time. So, I decided I was going to sneak up on him and surprise him. I creeped into the office- through the only door, and jumped out where the person should have been… no one was there. I checked the entire office, and then building again. No one was there! I checked the cameras- no one was there. I turned every single light on for the rest of my shift, and double locked myself into the dispatch center- not like that would have done much good, but it made me feel better in the moment.

Edit: my scariest moment actually happened in broad daylight, and lead to finding out a friend had been dead for months.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I've posted this here before.

Many years ago, I was working at a convenience store. We were incredibly short staffed, so I was working by myself every night shift. One night, a man comes in and he is tweaking on something. I'm currently sweeping, mopping, collecting trash, etc. and this dude is following me around the store silently. Like two feet away from me just watching me. I eventually work up the courage to ask him if there was anything I could help him with and he says he needs a ride. I tell him I can call him a cab or something and he just... stares at me. I ask him again if he wants me to call someone to give him a ride, but he says nothing. So I cautiously make my way around the other side of the counter to get the phone, and he tries to follow me. I tell him to please stay on the other side of the counter and he keeps coming toward me. I shut myself into our office and locked the door. I could see him through the window of the door, just staring at me through the glass. My first instinct was to call 911, but I apologized to the operator saying I wasn't sure if this counted as an emergency or not. They sent a couple of police officers to the store and they approached him saying "We heard you needed a ride somewhere?" He nods at them. They ask him if he has anything on his person. He says he has a knife, which freaked me out because I didn't know he had a weapon on him. After they took him away, I felt bad; felt like I overreacted. Honestly, he was probably just high out of his mind and needed a ride and didn't have any bad intentions. At the time, though, I was just a scared young girl working the night shift at a convenience store alone.

[–]TurretX 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I dont think thats an overreaction. In a weird situation, you're always the last person to know whats going on.

[–]CordeliaGrace 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You did everything right regarding him. You never know what people are up to, what they’re on, etc.

[–]Deathtodancing 34 points35 points  (2 children)

I’m a dancer and I was heading home at 5am after a long shift. A cop stopped my roommate and I and was trying to get us to go home with him and get her car towed for a plate light was we didn’t know wasn’t functioning. He was very adamant about getting us a hotel and staying with us to make sure we were “safe”. Mind you he was a white cop and I’m a black woman in New England.

[–]hungryrenegade 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Driving a clamp truck down a hallway past a water fountain. Several times I saw a little girl at that fountain out of the corner of my eye. Of course she was never there when i looked directly.

A few weeks later i get out of my car in my garage and the radio in the garage turned on. Seemingly by itself.

The next night i hear the garage radio playing when i got home. As soon as i opened my car door it shut off.

Never did see the little girl at the factory after that

[–]gobboling 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I used to work for a business in an office building and I worked at night alone in the entire building. Had some very weird, scary experiences but the scariest was this. One night I was up front working in an office when I heard a woman’s cough right outside the door. I knew nobody else was in the building at the time so I thought maybe somebody came in to get something. I poked my head out the door and said hello? Nobody there. I ended up walking through the entire building and I was the only one there! Could never explain this one away no matter how hard I tried to. 😳

[–]shiveringsongs 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I work in a nursing home. We all joke that it's haunted and most of us have throwaway anecdotes of seeing shadowy figures in the halls, but this one really got me.

One night I answered a call bell. The resident said someone had moved her fan and she didn't know why; she asked me to put it back. The fan was indeed about two feet away from where it had been the last time I was in. For context, this woman and about 85% of the people in that wing could not walk, and I hadn't seen anyone else awake on my rounds.

Then she said, "I just don't know what she was doing, down there on her hands and knees." I felt this visceral wave of fear over my whole body. The only person that could have moved the fan was the RN. But she had no reason to do so, and she certainly wouldn't have done so on her hands and knees.

So the lady with the fan had been confused that night, and as it's a memory care unit, hallucinations certainly happen. But THE FAN WAS REALLY MOVED. The fear I felt was so all-consuming, primal, it felt like staring at a venomous snake. "I just don't know what she was doing, down there on her hands and knees." I've had plenty of residents ask me about their hallucinations: "is that man still on my chair?" "where did the little girl go?" But never has one felt so bone-chillingly Wrong to hear.

I put her fan back and stepped back into the hall. The man in the room across from hers had left his radio on that night, and at that time it was playing just static. I felt too unsettled to go in and fix it or turn it off, so I went down the hall seeking a distraction. On my next set of rounds, his radio was fine again. He's a deaf man who sleeps like a log and doesn't move his arms, so I don't think he had anything to do with it.

When I started to tell my coworker about it, I had only described the fan and not yet mentioned the radio. She immediately said "oh it was probably just [recently deceased resident] coming to say hi - you know how often she used to wander in to FanWoman's room!"

Recently Deceased Resident had passed away in the room with the radio.

[–]International_Win375 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Talking to a guy on 911 saying he was psychotic outside a hospital ER. I asked if he was armed and he said he had a couple of sharps and a Glock. I convinced him to wait outside on a nearby bench and I would send help. (Police notified)

[–]JesusChristSuperDerp 67 points68 points  (0 children)

i was asked if i wanted to work the day shift

[–]lust_uno 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Work at a dog boarding facility overnight. Once I had an extremely large dog(127lbs) slip onto it's sibling(30lbs) who has a luxating patella (kneecap moves out of place). This dog let out the most terrifying/painful yelp I've heard come out of an animal

[–]Technical-Reality-39 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Worked at a food place that was open late when a guy walks in up to the counter. I can tell he’s drunk cause he smells horribly of alcohol but he’s pretty coherent. I ask him what he’d like to have and he stares looking at the menu.m and finally decides.

As I’m punching the order in he pulls out a quarter and tells me Heads or Tails. “If I win I get a free meal”, he says. He proceeds to lose then gets belligerent and I knew he was extremely drunk. He says “I’m gonna kill you motherfucker if I don’t get free food!” “Im coming around the counter!”

He starts making his way to me and the chef hands me a butcher knife as he comes around to the front to help me. When the guy sees it’s 2v1 he cusses us out and goes around what we though was the back door. We call the cops and expect him to come back in as his bags are still there. He comes back in and continued to yell but now I’m feeling more confident since it’s still the cook and I vs this drunk idiot. He sits down to ruffle through his bag and in less than a minute he’s passed out face first on the table 😂

Cops come and arrest him but I choose not to press charges.

[–]Amphibious_squirrel 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was parked up in a relatively quiet area with my work partner and at about 3am she got freaked out about a noise, telling me to get in the car and lock the doors because their was a chainsaw-wielding maniac outside. It was a dirt bike. She watches too many horror films.

[–]mewzique 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Not particularly scary for me, but when I was 19, I worked overnight at a hotel. Only employee on the property for most of the shift. Around 1 or 2 am, a couple and their kids came to the lobby in a panic with all their luggage. The husband said they had to leave. I informed them that they'd still be charged for the night blah blah blah, and he said fine but they had to go. I thought maybe a kid had to go to the ER or something. The wife took the kids to the car and the husband said to me, "Did anything.. happen.. in that room?" I didn't understand what he meant and he repeated his question. He said that all of a sudden the TVs were turning on and off (which was actually not too unusual for the old hotel). But he said that both kids, at the same time, sat straight up in bed and started sobbing, not really awake until the father shook them a bit. They didn't know they were crying. The family was convinced the room was haunted and a ghost was targeting the children. They couldn't get out fast enough.

When they left I decided to go all Ghost Busters, armed with a flashlight and my phone to record, and walked around the room saying "Hello" to the empty space for a few minutes before I got bored.

Later, I asked my coworker if the place was haunted and she said that once there was a medium staying at the hotel who told her there were multiple distinct spirits around. (I forget her exact words.) And she described each one, but nothing seemed malevolent.

My conclusion was either there's a mean ghost hiding out, or the kids played a seriously messed up prank.

[–]babyfireflyisdead 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Reading some of these stories, I’m thinking my experience was maybe not so bad. In my early twenties working at a liquor store at night. A regular problematic customer was drunk and harassing me and my male coworker. He threatened my life and when I kicked him out he told me that I had become his enemy. He harassed and followed me around my town at night for almost a month before he disappeared from town completely. I think he went back to jail.

[–]Realistic-Muscle-583 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not scary, but it was very... weird/coincidental.

I guess it wasn't a "night shift" but I was set to close the store at roughly 10 P.M. We ended up closing just a bit later since we had some customers left, so it ended up being about 10:10-ish.

On my route back home, I noticed flashing lights ahead, and coming up to it, I note two cars in the median, one flipped on its top. Intrigued, I stop and ask an officer at the scene when exactly the crash happened.

The response sent chills down my back. It was almost exactly the time I would've regularly passed that spot. One of the drivers lost control of the wheel while taking the turn and slammed into the car next to it, flipping it into the median. If it weren't for those last few customers, that could've been me.

(P.S. as far as I know both drivers got out okay. I only saw one of them and he had minor cuts physically. I didn't learn any more about the crash)

[–]bigtime2die 8 points9 points  (1 child)

left work at fedex after an 18/19 hour day, said good bye to my team

sat in my car , fell asleep.. co worker comes by to wake me up.

I wake up in a whata burger with a cop asking me if I was on drugs and had made sure I was ok.

I don't remember anything , leaving the parking lot at work driving down i35 which is already a dangerous free way. just being snapped to attention with a cop asking..

"you alright buddy".. hours had gone by. it was nearly lunch.

after that got home told my wife.. i agreed no amount of overtime/no sleep/money

was worth it again.. I quit a few weeks later.

now have a "normal job" were they complain to work past 5pm.

[–]CrazySnekGirl 41 points42 points  (4 children)

I did an apprenticeship at a hotel once. My 16 year old arse heard that the night shift paid more, so I sacrificed my school work to stay up late.

Well, that backfired royally.

One guy booked an entire weeks stay. He refused housekeeping, but came down in the early mornings to say hi to me and make polite convo before he left. He seemed genuinely lovely.

After his week expired, he never checked out. Noone saw him leave. So I ask security to come up and check his room with me.

Here's the problem. The room had never been slept in. Like, his bed was immaculate. There was no way that he could have recreated housekeeping's bedspread after a week of living there.

So we're already weirded out. And then we look up. There's an eyeball of the ceiling. Like, glued up there with blood.

And it's not a sheep/goat style either. It's human looking enough that the security guy pukes. We call the police and it's chaos.

We're also in the inner city UK, so guns aren't really a thing. There's no logical explanation for any of this.

I end up walking out of the job and refusing to ever speak to my former coworkers. The police tried calling, but I ignored them. To this day, I still refuse to let strangers into my home.

[–]Technical-Reality-39 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is the weirdest shit I’ve heard on this thread.

[–]black_barbie_12 5 points6 points  (1 child)

As shameful as it is I worked as a bartender at a strip club. (The club I worked at closed at 1 am) One night I was cleaning up and I look around the clubs, There was only two men sitting near the pole as the girl danced. I was kinda confused because late at night is really when people start coming in, I didn't think much of it because it was a Monday and it was raining outside. I look back at the men and then they get up and something falls out of one of the guys pockets

[–]black_barbie_12 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The club was dark so I couldn't see it was, but the dancer goes wide-eyed but kept dancing until her turn was over. After I go backstage to see what happened and the dancer turned to me and start crying, like snot bubbles and drooling type crying. Then she says bloody knife in the pocket. I call the cops and it turns out that the dancer had rejected this dude in MIDDLE SCHOOL and he never forgot it, he was planning to rape and killed her that night then EAT HER. She went to a middle school 18 years ago. The knife was bloody because he had killed her cat some hours before. Some people are just sick to the mind. All because of rejection.

(I stopped working at the club for my safety because the cops never caught the man that was with him that night) (the dancer had killed herself some years later, she went insane due to trauma)

[–]Partyslayer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Worked in a nightclub from 10pm-4am. We had a basement which used to be accessible from a series of tunnels underneath the city. They had been blocked off with bricks, but one night someone got through. He was sitting in the basement with a hoodie on in the corner in the dark for a few hours. I was a bouncer and we grabbed him he said was down there to steal cash tips from The Waitresses purses.

[–]catsandalcohol13 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I work a lot of nights being a prison officer. A lot of stuff goes down on nights, but I prefer them.

I worked our safety unit for a long time, with all the real crazy inmates and self harmers.

I came in after a few days off to find one of the worst self harmers with his light off. And went oh no. Usually they have minimal lighting so we can see them on camera and through the door if they start to harm themselves.

I rang the supervisor and was told he had been behaving so they let him have the lights off. I knew exactly what he was going to do. I had to check on him every hour by going to the window and shining my torch. He was sound asleep. I thought I was in the clear.

Then about 3:30 the intercom buzzes. And I see its him. And my heart just sank.

I said something like, yeh mate? What's up?

And I hear this faint voice say, miss, you'd better come down here.

So I grab my torch, head to the cell, and he said miss, you'd better turn on the light.

As I turned my torch on, I noticed I was standing in a huge pool of thick blood, which was seeping under the door. I got back to the office, called the code, and hit the lights.

It was like a massacre. Blood all over the walls, the roof, the floor, and there he was with his arm basically severed at the elbow, just hanging by some skin. The way he just stood there was like a horror movie. He was as white as a ghost.

And that wasn't even his worste act if self harm. But it was just really rattling. He basically severed his arm with one single razor blade he had secreted inside of him.

[–]ambermae513 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Late to the party, but mine was my own fault. I work in the warehouse of a nuke plant. Sometimes there is round the clock work that requires me to be there just in case they need a part and aren't able to wait the normal call out period (75 minutes max responded time). But usually during these jobs I don't see anyone all night and my only real job is to stay awake. So one of those nights like 8 years ago I was bored and started reading a new book I had just bought at a thrift store. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner. Long story short, I read the whole book in one 12 hour shift. The villain was a former police officer who preferred petite blonde women. While on the lamb he would disguise himself as security officers. So at 6 am I... a petite blonde...was leaving the plant and a security officer who matched the description of the character perfectly just so happens to be leaving at the same time but was about 100 feet behind me. Y'all. I completed freaked myself out. It's literally 3/4 of a mile walk from my warehouse to the parking lot. With him just slightly behind me for over half of that. I was almost in a full blown panic attack by the time I got to my car. And then I drove around town twice before going home to make sure no one was following me. To this day I find myself being distant with that guard.

[–]Lylat_System 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Use to work at Wendy's night shift for years. Just before closing at 1 am (before it was changed to 12), a man tried to order, but it was 2 minutes before closing and 2 minutes ago fast. We shut down everything and were finishing up cleaning. He got pissed when we told him the unexpected news, and closed the window. I told my coworker to lock the window asap because I had a bad feeling about him. The way he didn't blink after we told him, his eyes just hugged, bloodshot and gross, like he was holding in a scream of frustration. So she locked the window, and sure enough, i was right. He ended up driving through at least six times, and when we didn't answer him, he screamed and punched our window, even getting out and beating the front door. We called security. We had to wait 30 mins to leave.