The typical haunting takes place in an abandoned asylum or dilapidated mansion on the edge of town. However, sometimes ghosts lurk in the most mundane of locations, such as the florescent-lit aisles of a local Wal-Mart or the bathroom of a popular fast food joint. Here are 5 haunted chain restaurants and shops in America.
The ghost of a woman killed in an elevator accident reportedly haunts the Wal-Mart in Panorama City, CA. According to reports, a female apparition appears on the third floor, and merchandise tumbles to the ground when there’s no one around. Eerie feelings in the elevators and upper floors is another common complaint. One evening, a department manager heard someone call his name and felt a tap on his back. However, no one was there when he turned around.
Note: Someone really did die in an elevator accident at this location, but it wasn’t a woman. It was a 15-year-old boy named Durrell Beazer. In 1985, Beazer and two friends got stuck in the elevator and crawled out through the top. Unfortunately, the elevator then moved and crushed Durrell with its weights. The accident happened at The Broadway department store which is now Wal-Mart.
In Coeur d’Alene, ID, it isn’t the K-Mart itself that is haunted but rather a register at the store. Last October, The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that a poltergeist haunts cash register No. 2.
According to store manager Lauren Larson, the pesky machine regularly freezes up, dumps its memory, and erases items mid-transaction. Whenever technicians come to repair the register, it works perfectly until they leave. Larson called the machine “an independent thinker” that regularly “loses its mind.” Employees, naturally, hate working on the device and want to smash it.
A gas station once sat at the site of the McDonald’s in Cuero, TX. Two deaths reportedly occurred on the property: a boy who died after his mother mistakenly ran him over and a mechanic who was crushed under a car. Now, diners and employees hear strange sounds and the restaurant’s toilets flush by themselves. The walk-in cooler also mysteriously switches itself off from the inside.
Haunted Pizza Hut
It seems McDonald’s isn’t the only fast food joint with alleged ghosts in the bathroom. A spirit reportedly haunts the women’s restroom at a Centereach, NY Pizza Hut.
Legend has it someone died in the restroom when the restaurant was a Jack in the Box. No one’s sure if the victim was a man or a woman or if the person died by murder or suicide. However, now employees reportedly hear whispering in the bathroom and sense cold spots throughout the building. Pots and pans also fall off shelves on their own accord.
Here’s a video investigation of the facility with supposed proof of a ghost.
Odd activity at the Subway restaurant in Dodgeville, IA includes items that fly off shelves, door beepers that go off for no reason, and sandwiches that cut themselves when employees aren’t looking. A horrid stench also overpowers the building.
The property used to house a Harvey Davidson store, but the couple that owned the shop died in a head-on collision in the 1980s. Employees occasionally see a thin woman in her 50s standing at the register, but she disappears when approached. Some staff members believe the woman is the former bike shop owner.
Believe it or not, the places featured above aren’t the only haunted Wal-Marts or Pizza Huts in the country. Tales abound of haunted chains in America, including ghostly Taco Bells, Burger Kings, Red Lobsters, and Arbys. Is one of them in your hometown?
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