Alrighty a couple people were interested in what spooky things have happened at my job so here is the break down.
Scurry Thangs from Work
I started working at this building as an armed security officer in March, right when the COVID shutdown happened in my area. I work for a tenant so we only patrol the tenant spaces of the building, which is almost 2/3 of the 3 story building (the entire first and half the second floor are rented by the client company). It’s a call center type place and since there are no employees working out of the building we hang out at the front “reception” desk when we aren’t doing a patrol of our spaces.
Initially I was on night shift (2200-0600), and there was no mention of anything spooky or haunty at all, since before the shutdown it was 24/7 operations. I worked with one other guard and during our shift we were the only ones in the building save for sometimes the cleaning crew from another tenant on the 3rd floor.
At first all we heard was a door slamming a couple to a few times a week. The problem was this door that was slamming was to the small employee gym…. at the far end of the building from the desk…. and it is a giant open cafeteria break area between rue desk and the door… so even IF a person was there we would see them…. Sometimes I’d hear other doors slamming even though nobody was there. Apparently that all also happened during first shift (0600-1400) as well sometimes….
After I had just gotten my sleep schedule changed to a night shift schedule I was switched to second shift (1400-2200), which is the shift I’ve worked since.
The door slamming continued though usually in the evening when we were the only ones in the building (though sometimes on Sundays when I’m here alone I’ll hear a door close in a common hall between the tenant spaces that has a mechanical room and bathrooms).
All shifts also heard indistinct voices coming from an old tenant space at the front of he building that had been taken over by the client and was in the process of being renovated, and those voices went on until construction was done. Also the smell of like cheeseburgers would sometimes come from that area even when nobody else was in the building.
I’ve heard metal and wood cleaning almost like a pipe falling or broom handle hitting the floor but nothing was ever found to have fallen.
The new guard who started last Monday, within the first 5 minutes of being on site was taking a wee and get someone touch his shoulder. He turned his head thinking it was a cleaning person, but nobody was there. Mind you, he hasn’t been told anything about any of the spooky happenings before that. He came back from the bathroom saying he had been touched by something and that’s when the site lead show as working with him that shift, and also the only Other person in the building, told him. He said he later saw something running out of the corner of his eye when in a second floor training room.
The three creepiest things that have happened to me are as follows:
1) One night one of the night officers, who would show up way early and hang out with my partner and I, was just outside the front doors in front of the front desk having a smoke just a few minutes before shift change. We were the only ones in the building at the time as the cleaning crew for the 3rd floor hadn’t shown up yet.
So I’m sitting at the desk chillin and just behind the desk to the right like 10 feet away is a set of double doors used to access our clients space from the common lobby, and it’s maglocked so you need a badge or thumbprint to get in but sometimes it didn’t read your biometrics or card right.
Anyway so I’m sitting at the desk and I hear clear as day a man say “nobody’s here” and I’m thinking “hey that sounds almost like my buddy who works nights with the other Officer (they were night shift partners) his badge must not be working, but that’s odd because he ALWAYS parks on the other side of the building where he desk door is.” So I get to the door a few seconds after I hear the crystal clear like-it-was-said-right-next-to-me voice and I open it to let him in.
Ain’t nobody in the lobby and there were no footsteps walking away or doors closing (you’d have been able to hear someone walking it’s tile and it echoes).
I get on the horn and tell my partner and the night guard that’s here we have a potential intruder and they secured all our spaces which subsequently cleared all common areas of the building and they found nothing. I stayed in the lobby while they searched to ensure nobody snuck out. The other night guard pulled up a few minutes later.
2) this was just two Sundays ago. Once again I’m the only one in the building, and this was broad daylight right after I started my shift. From the desk I can see all the way down the bathroom hallway that leads to a T-junction. To the right is a call center Production Space and a little break and locker area that can’t be seen from the desk, and to the left is a set of wooden maglock badge-access doors. I’m half-facing that direction and I swear I see a shadow move across the wall and disappear in the left side of the T if that makes sense. But the door didn’t open.
Having seen ANY horror movie ever I waited until my next round about 30ish minutes later to check out what could’ve caused what I saw and maybe it wasn’t a shadow but after making a few passes to recreate it, it was definitely a shadow.
3) this is tied with #1 for creepiest. It was another Sunday so I was working alone and nobody was in the building. I was at the desk and it was the middle of my shift. Suddenly i hear a door creak open then close hard but not quite slam, like the closing mechanism was a bit off. It came from the direction of the haunted gym door but sounded different, like it was coming from the common bathroom and mech room hallway between the client spaces. Thinking someone is in the building I do a walk through that hallway and secure the separated space across the common hallway (the rest of the client spaces on the first floor are connected and the only ways in and out are right next to the reception/security desk) and the mechanical room and check to ensure the gym doors are locked and secure. Satisfied nobody is there I decide I’ll go take a wee while I’m up, so I go down the common hallway and open the door.
It was the EXACT door sound I had just heard and investigated.
Thank God I was already there to pee otherwise I may have had an accident. But it didn’t help that I only heard that noise ONCE before i went in…. meaning ghosty was still doing its business…. in the same bathroom as me….
Keep in mind, we have worked on this building alone for MONTHS, so we know what makes what sounds, like the HVAC system clanking and fridges and coolers clicking and humming and popping, and we definitely know doors opening and closing. So it’s not a case of mistaken cause/identity 99% of the time.