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1. Duck, duck, goose.
I was on overnight front desk at a cheap hotel maybe 20 miles from a well known hunting site. I worked 11pm-7am, so I would make coffee for all the hunters that left at like 4am to go shooting.
One day, I come in to work and my coworker says, “Hey Cyrano, those guys you made coffee for this morning brought you something. It’s in the fridge.”
I’m all excited, thinking they brought me a mocha or something.
It’s a plastic bag full of dead ducks.
2. Pythons need bath time, too!
My dad used to work in a hotel. A few years ago, he hears a scream from a maid as she’s cleaning one of the rooms. He runs in, and there’s a giant python just chilling in the bathtub. This thing is apparently like four feet long.
They tried to track down the couple who had just checked out of the room, but the number they’d given the front desk wasn’t working. Eventually animal control showed up and took the snake.
That poor maid was terrified to clean the bathrooms for awhile.
3. This lift is obviously full
Got into a lift from the top floor to head down. Lift stopped at 4th floor, door opened, saw people outside standing still, making no attempt to come in despite me being alone inside and there was room for them. The automatic lift door then closed and before it was completely shut, I heard someone outside said “Why is the lift so full of people?
4. Just stay in one room, mister!
We have this guy who always has hookers. Not than surprising since we are a brand that promotes a party lifestyle. But recently the dude came down and asked me to give him a different room, was super vague about his reasoning: the room “wasn’t cleaned well enough. So whatever, I do it and about 30 minutes later we get a call down from the original room which in our system comes up as vacant, from a woman attempting to order room service. So essentially this guy had sex with one lady, and then switched rooms, got a new hooker and left the first one in the original room. My supervisor had to interrupt his back to back session for some explanation and he just had his tail between his legs.
5. Mysterious footprints
Worked in a motel when I was 17-18. I was at the front desk not working when the housekeeping guy called me to check something out in a room that was being cleaned. I go up there and the housekeeping guy is standing in the middle pointing up to the ceiling.
There was a set of bare foot prints on the ceiling which is at least 10 ft high. Bare. Not shoes or slippers and only in the middle and no where else. There’s no way he jumped that high upside down and no prints on the walls either.
Also he left a single bullet on the bed.
6. Strange but delicious!
I cleaned hotels at the end of each week at a family camp one summer. They had large communal kitchens on each floor so people could bring their own food if they wanted. At the end of one camp week, someone left a full, unopened, LARGE jar of Nutella in the kitchen. That day, I gained a brand new free jar of Nutella and a very heavy sense of confusion for why someone would do such a thing.
7. Creepy old man and stockings
I work at a mid tier popular hotel in the south on the 3-11pm shift. About a month and a half ago I get a call from an older man working at the Hanes company, trying to check on a reservation. Apparently the reservation didn’t pop up in our system, so he then starts asking me if it’s okay if guests who stay at the hotel can get packages shipped to them during their stay. Sure whatever, we will sign for them too. He then slides in “Oh worst case scenario you guys will end up with 300 pairs of stockings. That was it… or so I thought. Proceed to two weeks ago around 9pm. The phone rings and it’s the Hanes man again. But this time he sounds a little off. Super soft voice with almost shallow breathing. He’s checking on the reservation again, which still isn’t there. As I try to offer to make the reservation he cuts me off to tell me that the package of stockings will be coming in. In then even more shallow breathing, in the creepiest softest voice asks, “Do you wear thigh highs? I still can’t shake the tone of voice, I hung up so quick and locked the doors.
8. The feeling of being watched
Right here at work a few nights ago during night shift. I was typing up an email to a customer and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I ignored it for a moment, and kept working. Then it sunk in: It was a person just staring at me through the window. As I turned my head they slowly walked out of my view towards the parking lot. So I went outside to confront them and they were gone. Not a soul in sight for miles. I couldn’t shake the feeling I was being watched the rest of the night.
9. What was this naked man thinking?
I’m a housekeeper. I’ve walked in on a few people having sex or being naked, but they are usually pretty embarrassed. But this one time when I had just started, I knocked on the door to clean this guy’s room, he opened it just a peek so he could see who was at the door. I thought, he must be in a towel or something, he’s gonna tell me to come back later or go away. Well he did, once he saw it was me, but not before flinging the door open the rest of the way, revealing he was butt naked. And that’s how I learned what ginger pubes look like. Still don’t know what was running through the dude’s mind, but he didn’t have a boner so I’m gonna rule that out.
10. The spirit of the pigeon lady needs a home
My co-worker was an adorable little old Asian man who was very hard to understand. He was the housekeeper on weekends so I would work with him most of the time. He was the weirdest thing at the hotel, but I’m sure it was a cultural thing for him.
What I could understand from him and from stories from co-workers is that he very much believed in spirits. He claimed to have banished an evil spirit from the kitchen. And he also claimed that the third floor was haunted by a woman.
The weirdest thing he did was: One day in the winter, he brought a pigeon into the hotel. It was snowing outside and the hotel was moderately busy that night. But he kept this pigeon with him the entire time, and the damn thing never wanted to fly away, would just walk around with him or stay on his cleaning cart. The reason he kept it close is because he said it was a woman in its past life and she was cold and lonely. So he took it in and cared for her/it. It lasted that weekend then I think our general manager made him get rid of it or stop bringing it into the hotel. According to my co-workers, he brought it home.
11. The death of this man will remain a mystery
I was a hotel manager at a larger hotel. Someone dialed 9-1-1 from a room. It tells us which room it is, so we go to the room to make sure things are fine (7/10 they were trying to dial room 911, 2/10 it is a kid playing on the phone). I go up and our security guard was doing CPR on a naked old guy and his wife was crying. The paramedics show up and ask for her to leave the room, I get the woman out of the room and try to talk with her to help her out. The paramedics failed to revive the guy and he passed away, so the police show up and start to talk with her and ask her what was going on for their report. She whispered something into the officers ear and he said OK and wrote it down… I never saw what he wrote or heard what she said. I still have no idea to this day what exactly had happened.
12. The tale of drunken man riding a scooter
I used to work night audit at a Comfort Inn. Usually pretty boring. The only weird thing I experienced was there was one night a guy came to the desk just kind of chatting me up. Kind of drunk so I’m like, whatever. Eventually he wanders off and not an hour passes and he rides a scooter (like a rascal) right out of the lobby (The lobby is locked but if you had a keycard you could slide it to unlock and come back in.)
Again, drunk. I shrug him off as just being weird. Time passes and suddenly the cops are there. They approach me, asking questions about the guest in the room, who happened to be drunken rascal man. I can provide them info from the computer and give them his description, video surveillance of the lobby. Thats all I can offer. I find out later the room is covered in blood, but thats all I was ever told. The drunk guy was never wounded, so…
13. The runaway man
I’ve worked as a front desk employee for over a year now. Story time!
On a slower night I was working the front desk by myself and we didn’t have any housekeeping/houseman working that night so I was completely alone aside from the guests in the hotel (i’m a 5’5 120lb girl by the way, this will matter in a minute.)
A big burly dude walks in and I can tell immediately that he has some form of mental handicap. I ask him if there’s anything I can help him with and he says I need to call the cops, now. I start panicking. I ask him if its an emergency and he says he just needs the cops here, he’s ran away from home.
Thus far he hadn’t seemed threatening so I call the police, but I call the non-emergency number (they usually respond pretty quickly.) He puts his hand out like he would like to speak to the operator, so I hand him the phone. I couldn’t hear the operator but I assumed she asked him what the problem was. He proceeds to answer with “I ran away from home and Im suicidal. And very homicidal.”
I’m of course trying to keep the situation calm, I give the operator the address and the dude waits in the lobby STARING AT ME until I secretly call our security company to send someone out, who then escorts him off property. Cops showed up about 30 mins later and never bothered to find the guy.
14. The newspaper room
I worked at a hotel that was owned by a college. The rooms inside the courtyard were rented out to customers but the outer rooms were meant for long term stays and college kids. There was an old man that lived in the very front of the hotel (had for decades). He was a germaphobe and was terrified of spiders. He would come down at night and talk to me. For some reason I was super interested in everything he had to say, mostly cause it was boring at slow at night but he knew a lot of history about the city we live in. One night he came down to the lobby and was in tears. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that there was a spider in his room could I get rid of it for him? Normally, the only people allowed in his room were the housekeepers when they changed his sheets so I had no idea what I was in store for. I opened the door to see that every inch of his room was covered in old newspapers. He had plastered them on the walls, the tables, the sinks, chairs everywhere. There were stacks and stacks of newspapers everywhere.
I found the spider it the bathroom and killed it. Just as I was about to flush he was like NO!!! I asked him what is wrong? He didnt want me to flush it because it might crawl back in. So I took this mushed spider in a tissue and out the room. He was a sweet old man but it just really creeped me out seeing his room covered in newspapers.
15. The naked pilots and flight attendants
So back in the mid-80s I was stationed in Hawaii. I needed some extra cash so I picked up a gig working security at a hotel. This particular hotel had a smaller hotel next to it that was owned by one of the major airlines. We basically provided check-in and check-out services for them, but I never really did much for them in terms of security other than chase off the occasional drunk guy trying to follow the flight attendants into the hotel.
One night I got a call asking me to come up to one of the higher floors of the hotel to try and quiet things down. These floors were typically where the pilots stayed and had bigger rooms and usually were the ones without much issue.
The elevators opened to two butt-naked pilots chasing five naked flight attendants around the hall. The entire group were trashed and there were signs that there was probably some coke in one of the rooms. On seeing me, one of the pilots told me to get out of my clothes.
I politely declined and told them that they were going to have to keep it down because we were getting complaints. The pilot saluted, herded the women into his room and closed the door.
Not sure what happened but there weren’t any more noise complaints. The weird part was for the next 3 months I had the job I would routinely see the pilots and the flight attendants in question. All acted as if nothing happened, and I never had another complaint.
16. Calling 911 by accident
I used to work in a small twenty room hotel built from an old mansion. So yeah, super creepy from the right perspective. I’ve heard old ghost stories, but never saw anything supernatural. Rather, the creepy stuff came from guests. One time, a lovely couple checked in. Although the guy was way older than the woman, they were friendly and enthusiastic. Later that night, about midnight (keep in mind, that at that time, I am the hotel’s only employee on staff), my switchboard tells me that their room had dialed 911. Since the guy was old, I was afraid he had a heart attack or something. I go to their room, and knock on the door. It takes a while, but the door opens a bit. It is PITCH BLACK in their room.
Like, they closed the curtains, and turned on no lights. I can’t see the guy at all, but I hear the mans voice, and it’s a cackled whisper out of a horror movie. “YEEEEESSSSS?”.
Me: “Excuse me sir, is everything ok? I saw that you dialled 911.”
HIM: “WHOOO ARE YOUUU???”
Me: “I’m XX, the guy who checked you in. You dialled 911, is everything ok?”
HIM: “We don’t (giggles creepily) have a phone.
Me: “Yes you do, and you called 911 from it, is everything ok?”
HIM: “OH, we (giggles) meant to call 411, (giggles) SOORRRRRYYYY.
He closes the door. I go back to my desk fearing something insane is going on. The next day, the two of them come downstairs, super happy, acting completely normal again. It was just weird. Now I’m pretty sure I have an explanation for the guy’s behaviour (drugs). But damn if that wasn’t creepy.
17. Disappearing act
Used to work a hotel in a very small town. It was one of two hotels in the town. One night a couple came in late at night. Kind of sketchy looking. The girl was very, very pale. They checked in and headed up to their rooms.
Later the next day, the local police came in looking for them. I told them the room and they went up there. Apparently the room was empty. I was confused because I NEVER saw them leave. I told management about it and they reviewed the video tape.
The video showed the couple getting into the elevator after they checked in. We looked at the camera by EVERY elevator on EVERY floor. Nothing .They never got out of the elevator and literally just disappeared. I still have a friend that works there. I can see if maybe he can pull the footage.
18. This place is falling apart.
I used to work in banquets in a hotel over 100 years old. I heard a few stories here and there when I first started (the usual haunted hotel room, supposed death on a balcony). After 3 years of working there, I did get to experience 2 strange events.
1) It was late, about 2AM and we were setting a ballroom for a wedding the next day. About 15 of us were scattered throughout the room, putting linen on tables and setting up chairs. The head table was set up (raised, with two six-foot tables and chairs) with a podium beside it.
No one was within a 10 foot radius of the head table when suddenly the podium (large, wood, heavy–it took two of us to even pick the thing up) fell over slamming forward onto the ground. It startled us to say the least, but we went back to it and put it back in its place. At the time I brushed it off, thinking maybe it was tilted. Didn’t think much of it.
2) The ballroom down the hall to the first one was undergoing some renovations in the back service area. They lifted up the old creaky wood flooring to have it replaced. Underneath it was cement. One of us noticed there was two small, child-sized footprints. It wasn’t sunk into the cement, but a dark color like it was wet. We laughed it off, thinking a coworker planted it there just to mess with us. We took a mop to it and tried mopping it (thinking when it dried it would disappear). It didn’t. It stayed for days until it was covered by the new floor.
19. Let the dead jam-out in peace.
My ex-gf like 15 years ago used to work in a small town bar. One week night after closing early I was hanging out having a few beers waiting for her to finish up inventory count and while we were both sitting there the jukebox fired up and blasted music for about 2-3 seconds. I had just unplugged the jukebox about 10min previously.
Apparently the owners father used to own the hotel/bar and had passed away in hotel a several years before. A few of the other workers also mentioned that they felt/saw creepy things when closing up at night.
20. High rollers.
I was in a major las Vegas hotel and casino.
There was a huge display out front made of metal and plastic, the workers went to take it down. They complained of horrific smell, we found someone inside hung by a cable wrapped around their neck. Presumably suicide.
We also had a guest kicked out of one of the bars going around calling people names and acting strange. I assumed he had some sort of disability, but I’m not sure. He keeps on getting kicked out and coming back in calling people nasty names repeatedly, broken record status. He gets taken into custody by security. All this is fine, but when he’s leaving he tries to tip the police $100 each. Security tells me he had $15,000 dollars on him in loose cash and poker chips. I’ve never quit wondering how he came to possess that sort of walking around money…
21. Not worth the deposit.
Not hotel staff but accidental patron of a creepy hotel twice.
First in Orlando Florida, we exited our hotel room and saw bloody hand prints on the wall of the hallway. Called in to the desk and it was gone when we got back.
Second, hotel in Morgantown WV, noticed suspicious stains on walls and thought nothing of it because I was dead tired. Pull open sheets to get into bed and blood was everywhere in the sheets! It was like someone just killed a person and used the sheets to dispose of the body! Then I looked at the walls again, those stains were dried blood! Needless to say, I got no sleep that night and noped out of there!
22. Conference call.
Used to work night audit. Was just walking around at around 3am delivering bills and for some reason decided to go into the small board room we have on the third floor. As soon as I open the door someone yells “I’M IN HERE!” Was pitch black in the room. I just shut the door and continued on my way, didn’t care enough to find out what the person was doing.
23. Wrong distance.
I used to work overnight at the front desk of a small hotel in Florida. One night the phone rang and the extension the display showed was from a building that was torn down several years prior. When I answered the phone there was a really intense buzzing sound. Freaked me out.
24. Giving ghost-poop a new meaning
So, for like two years, once a week, someone pooped in a random place in my hotel. Next to the vending machines, in the stairwell, on the elevator, in the fitness center, random spots. We tried cross referencing regular guests reg cards but there was no commonality. One day it just stopped and we never found out who the phantom pooper was.
25. You scream, I scream.
So one night a few years back I was working the graveyard shift. A man comes to check in for his reservation around 2am, no luggage or anything just a tub of ice cream. We check him in thinking it a bit odd, but he wouldn’t have been the first guest to have lost luggage at the airport. So we continue watching shows for the next couple hours.
Then around 4-5am same guy comes back down and checks out. Being weirded out by it all we went up to check the room to find it in perfectly normal condition with an empty tub of ice cream in the trash.
Dude made a reservation with us beforehand to have a night where he could eat a whole tub of ice cream. Not to sleep or anything, just wanted a place to eat his ice cream in peace.
26. All that glitters.
We had a guest one evening who checked in and told the front desk clerk sob stories about her dead husband; the next morning, same woman was caught by maintenance sprinkling glitter throughout the entire hotel-hallways, lobby, breakfast area, parking lot… when maintenance confronted her, she threw glitter on her, too.
That happened 2 years ago. Occasionally I stop by to visit my former co-workers, I still see glimmers everywhere when I walk down the halls.
27. Phantom baller.
I’m in security. One night I heard someone upstairs in our basketball court after hours and proceeded to investigate. Found that both doors leading to the basketball court were locked, and one ball was left in the middle of the court. Checked all nooks and crannies of the court and the court storages, and found nothing. I decided to look at the cameras to see what was going on. Upon looking at the cameras, the court was dark, then the cameras go fuzzy, and then the basketball bounces from the rack. There was no one on the cameras. I refuse to go in there now.
28. Noisey neighbours.
When I was 19, I worked the graveyard shift about once per week.
During one of these shifts, I received a call from a guest in our back building. Apparently the guests next door to him were thrashing the room and he feared for his safety. I checked the computer to see who was in the room he was talking about, but the computer showed vacant.
I went up there and didn’t hear anything, but when I turned to leave, I heard a big bang come from the room. My ass ran out of there and the guest was moved to a different room.
When the police came to check it out, there was nothing in the room. Nothing was broken, everything was fine and in place. To this day, I have no idea what happened.
29. The dark event room
I’m a set up manager at a hotel for big events. I was double checking all the rooms before I went home for the day and I went into one of the event rooms and flicked on the lights. I kid you not but there was an adult naked man in the dark. He flinched when I turned the lights on and it scared me. I sort of yelled “What are you doing?
Turns out he was swimming and needed a place to change. Instead of just going to his room like a normal person would, he chose a dark event room.
30. Caught up in the deal.
I once had a huge man check in around 8 pm, he asked to book 2 rooms for the night. Of course no problem, but he said they needed to both be on the ground floor at opposite sides of the hall. A little strange but no big deal, then he pays for both rooms in cash. That’s a flag for sure, he leaves with the room keys to his truck.
Then he and 4 other guys start loading in loads of cardboard boxes. About an hour later they go sit in our breakfast room beside the lobby, I can see them easily from the front desk. The huge man is sitting at a table with two others standing behind him on either side. Then about 5 minutes later two other men walk in and sit down with him. One of those men had two broken arms.
They sit and have a very intense conversation for about 30 minutes. They stand up and walk down to the rooms. The large men then comes back to the front desk and lets me know he is checking out, keep the cash, and leaves. No sign from any of them again, definitely a drug deal. Frightening considering I was the only employee there at the time.