Ghost: "an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image".
Are you Alone?
Ghosts are sinonimos with haunted houses or graveyards, but the workplace is not immune to an occasional haunting. Have you ever been alone at your place of work only to suspect you are not alone after all? Does the hair on the back of your neck suddenly stand up, as an eerie chill drifts over you? Do doors creak and lights flicker as you burn the midnight oil? Maybe a spirit has taken up residence in your workplace, and I am not talking about the bottle of Jack Daniels you spotted in your supervisors desk.
Modern offices are not usually hang outs for ghosts. Paranormal investigators state that ghosts are attracted to places with high emotional content..... yes I know that when everyone found out that Ben from accounting was dating married gal Jan from marketing, emotions ran pretty high. However it seems that office emotion is a different consciousness than what people engage in at home.
Ghosts for Sale
Restaurants, Hotels and B & Bs have a higher incidence of ghost sightings. Some business' even advertise the fact that they host a resident spirit. It can be good for business. Ghost tourism is infact a booming industry. certified ghost hunters will happily guide you through a tour of the spookiest spots in their town for a fee of anything between $10 to $30. Some of the top cities for ghost hunting are Edinburgh Scotland, Prague Czech R, Charlston SC, Salem Mass', London UK.
Proceed with Caution
If you do suspect that your workplace is haunted, you may want to hold off on calling in Ghost Busters. A City Health Department employee of Butte Montana got herself into hot water with her bosses when she took it upon herself to rid her office of ghosts. She called in Butte paranormal investigative team who promptly installed an infrared camara in one of the office rooms to monitor the energy flow allegedly created by ghosts. However, the whole thing backfired when another employee spotted the camara and reported it to the police, who on viewing the recordings saw nothing remotely ghost like.
As Darkness Falls
So as the days grow shorter and darkness falls before the end of your work day, try not to linger too long in the office. Every sound you hear or flash of movement you see could be your imagination getting the better of you..... Or you might just find yourself face to ghoulish face with the office ghost....
1. The Blue Lady
Moss Beach Distillery, a restaurant in California, is home to a ghost who has become known as The Blue Lady. It is believed that the young woman was tragically killed close by while walking with her lover. There have been many sightings of her at the restaurant over the past 70 years. The business’s accountant had a strange encounter one evening when her printer inexplicably spewed out a piece of paper with nothing but a small heart printed on it. Seems this distillery serves up all sorts of spirits...
2. The Toys R' Us Ghost
The Toys R’ Us store in Sunnyvale, California is accustomed to the practice of stocking ghosts on their shelves, but none quite like this one. Female staff at the store have reported strange occurrences at work, such as water faucets turning on and off alone, boxes flying off of shelves and a feeling that their hair is being touched when there is no one around. Ghost hunters uncovered information about a young wood cutter named John Johnson, that worked on a farm located on the land in the 1800’s. Poor Mr Johnson bled to death after his axe slipped while chopping wood. He could have been day dreaming of the farmer’s daughter at the time, as he was rumored to have loved her, and maybe she is the reason for his eternal search of aisle 15c.
3. Ghostly Orb
CCTV cameras at a printing company in the UK revealed a spooky surprise for the firms production manager. He explains that a glowing orb appeared on one of the cameras. The ball of light began to move, pulsate and grow as it traveled over the printing machines, disappearing from one camera and appearing on another. The manager was certain that he was alone in the building at the time and ruled out the possibility of sunlight causing the effect because it was a rainy day. The whole phenomenon lasted only 2 minutes but it will spook the employees for a long time to come.
4. Ghosts in the Capitol
It’s no secret that the United States Government has some skeletons in their closet, but apparently they may also have ghosts walking their office halls. A woman working on the third floor of the stately Eisenhower Executive Office building had an eerie encounter one night when she was working alone in the building. She started hearing doors slamming in the hallway but when she checked, there was no one to be seen. She returned to her desk only to hear another door slam, shuffling of footsteps outside her door and then a high pitched laugh. The following day she shared her chilling tale with co-workers, who to her surprise, had encountered similar incidents when they were alone in the office.
5. The Doctors Office Spirit
When the doctors office was empty and the office manager had locked up for the night, she turned around to discover she was not alone. She was taken aback and asked the elderly fellow in front of her how he had entered the office. He responded with nothing but a sinister smile and then walked silently through the office door. The manager later learned that the spirit she had encountered was that of a man that had passed away in the building years before, and would appear periodically, usually around his date of death.
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