No matter what job you have, as soon as a work story starts with the words “During the nightshift,” something weird or something terrible (or both) is going to be said. These tales are certainly not exceptions (and only reinforce the horror that is working in a retail job that stays open 24 hours):
Worked a parking garage at the airport. Cleaning the top deck and noticed about a hundred ravens all over a truck with a tarp over the bed. Took my flashlight expecting something awful. Noticed as I got closer the smell and the ravens taking turns going in a hole they had torn open and popping out covered in gunk. some guy left a broke down beater with a couple animal carcasses in the back to rot. No heads.
Checked the logs and the damn truck had been there since November and it was April, so everything was just thawing and breaking down.
Was an orderly in a hospital. Two of us were sitting in the basement office adjacent to the morgue. A guy passed our office, looking at us a little shifty, came back again and asked if we had access to the morgue. We said “yes,”thinking he was doing a pickup for a funeral home, but that seemed strange given it was around 12:00-12:30 a.m.
Nope. He wanted to pay us to let him in, and leave him alone with the bodies for an hour. We escorted him up To security. Apparently he had tried it in the past, as security knew him.
Used to work night shift at a 24 hour Walmart. Customers are nuts enough in the daytime, but they become WEIRD after midnight.
Once had an elderly guy come in wearing only a jean jacket and fishnet stockings. He came up to my register, leaned in, and asked if we carried anything to get rid of lice…
Those plastic barriers all stores have now to protect cashiers? They need to keep those even after the pandemic ends. I lost count of the times customers got into my personal space to ask about products for fleas, lice, rashes, etc
I used to work night shift as a care aide in an old folks home. It was already creepy, the home was an old hospital that was converted.
Some asshole kept walking around the courtyard after dark dressed as the grim reaper knocking on doors. It was actually really scary, he ran off and the facility got a security guard for a few weeks.
For a change of pace here’s a nice one.
I was taking my break outside and a little mouse came up to me so I gave him a bit of pot noodle and he sat on the floor next to me munching away on it.
Was running the register at 24 hr supermarket. Stock person comes running into produce carrying mop handle screaming “you mother fucker”. Out of sight, he keeps yelling “fucker!” and smacking handle at something, for like 5 min. I am ringing up customers, and freaking out because he was losing his mind, but I am not interested in getting involved in a murder..so I ignore it. Later I find out he was chasing a rat.
More of a very weird event. Sometimes work night shifts. One time was going home around 4am or so. It was pitch dark outside and very quiet. Person on a bike came out of nowhere, said he remembered me from middle school (even said the right school name), and rode off.
Leaving one night from work I was followed by a log truck and it kept going faster and faster until I was at 100mph. I pulled off as the truck blew past my car rocking it. Thing was there was twisty turns ahead.
Couldn’t find the truck.
Did hospital security for about two months. It was small hospital out in the sticks so we were responsible for removing patients who had passed from their rooms and transferring into the morgue freezer.
We had just brought a decedent to the morgue and right before we were about to transfer them to the freezer their cellphone rang. Granted, pretty tame compared to some stories, but at the time it gave us a decent fright.
Work in the winter for me is plowing and snow removal, it was late and I had been out for over 24hrs at this point, pulled over into a small cul de sac with the nearest house being over a 100 yds away so I could let the truck stay on so I could stay warm (6 wheel mack things loud)
As I’m nodding off, there was a very loud bang and it felt like someone than pulled on my driver side door handle. Luckily I always lock my truck doors. I immediately threw on every strobe/rear/headlight and started looking around and I saw absolutely nothing it scared the shit out of me
Needless to say I never sleep anywhere other than lit parking lots now
Worked at a distress centre almost 10 years ago. Was on the 12 am to 6 am shift. Got about 2 phone calls each hour of the shift from the same guy saying that he’s tied up in a room, his balls are tied up with leather straps… and his wife is getting banged by 5 giant black guys in the other room.
Asked him each time if he’s in distress and he says no every time. Kept telling him if he’s not in distress then he shouldn’t be calling and let him go. I just can’t believe he was up from 12-6 am to make those calls.
Many years ago I briefly had a job that started at 3:30am. The job itself was very boring, but the commute was wild. The world is at its weirdest in the very early morning. Road hazards haven’t been called in yet, so one day I pulled off the freeway and discovered that the off ramp was completely flooded, deep enough that I have no idea how my car didn’t stall.
But the most interesting discovery was that if law enforcement has to raid a home, they do it around 3 or 4 in the morning because that’s the best chance of everyone being peacefully asleep.
One day I was nearly to work when I noticed something off ahead of me. I slowed down and came up to a massive police blockade, squad cars everywhere and absolutely crawling with heavily armed officers… but all in ABSOLUTE silence. They silently waved me down a side street. Just a creepy, unsettling experience.
My buddy and I were in the guard shack on an important entry point – like 100% ID checks, can’t be expired, gotta double-check against a list put out even if the IDs are valid so if you’re not on the list your ID doesn’t mean shit.
It’s around 3 AM and we’re watching creepy YouTube videos during the time that nobody is coming through. He looks up and shouts “What the fuck”, I look up and scream like a little girl and nearly jump out of my chair.
Dollar Store Jason Momoa was just… face pressed against the glass, grinning and once he scared the shit out of us he laughed and walked in. Dude was as big as Jason Momoa and pretty similar looking, I mean Dollar Store version of him.
10 minutes later after we calmed down I looked at him and asked “Wait did he even show an ID?” No, no he did not lmao.
Security officer here, posted one night to an old site that apparently was a hospital being turned into a rest home. With no power on site, all i had was my flash light and laptop to watch movies cos it was a 12 hour watch. Place was massive and at night u literally cant see fuck all!
Anyways, the company had put up a temporary security camera that every time it picks up motion, the fucken thing sends of a loud siren sound for about 30secs. First time that thing went off i went to investigate with emergency service on speed dial and goosebumps flaring i wouldnt seem to find what was causing it to go off.
It then would go off a couple more times into the night it got to the point where i would just let it do its thing. But every time it went of it would send shivers down my spine. When we do our hand over with the next guard i would tell him all the time how the siren just goes off at night all the time. I havnt been back in a while. But man i still think about that place till this day. It scares me
I was closing supervisor at a grocery store and someone managed to shit between the bathroom and the exit doors at 8:59 (we close at 9:00)
You’d think “Oh there’s literal shit on the floor surely people will walk around it” no instead they continue to plow through it so now there’s shit on multiple grocery carts, the exit is scattered with feces, there’s shit on people’s shoes undoubtedly, and there’s shit in the parking lot.
Luckily for me my less squeamish supervisor working with me that closing night volunteered to mop up the exit and bathroom which to our surprise had also been shit on. For the record human shit makes me immediately gag and vomit when I get a whiff of it so I ended up puking in the trash next to the shit exit.
Night shift nurse Picked up the phone about 2am, “don’t panic, but…” Recognized it as one of the C-suite’s voices. I was immediately worried. “There’s an electrical issue in the [something-another] closet…. there’s a chance it may explode. You need to evacuate all patients from the area.” Just me and one other nurse with 5 moms their 5 babies, and however many visitors.
We quickly jumped into our own little (panic driven) task force. We had packed up enough diapers, wipes, formula, water, snacks, and blankets to be evacuated for a week lol. Happy to report it didn’t explode and all was back to normal by 7am day shift.
There’s plenty of ‘horror’ stories from creepy things happening, or just not having enough staff during bad deliveries. But this one has always stood out in my memory.
Worked at a liquor store for a few years. One of the homeless guys probably late 50’s that stood outside would ask for money and 9 times out of 10 if they said no he’d flash them his old wrinkly crusty package… had to chase him off every night so people didn’t have to suffer that sight.
Annoyingly people who saw me chasing him off or threatening to call the cops often gave me dirty looks like as if I hated homeless people or treat them like trash. When in actuality I was saving them from that which you cannot unsee.
This didn’t become a horror story until recently but as a teen, I used to close down the gas station/truck stop I worked at, alone.
My boss used to pop up out of the shadows as I was closing down the till with the backup lights on. He’d be super calm and act like it wasn’t creepy at 11pm when he should be home with his family. He was even at my high school graduation, he and his wife’s numbers still in my phone. Anyhow, he is currently on trial for murdering a prostitute via stabbing her to death, back in ‘94. Cold case potentially solved via DNA & modern science.
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