Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Haunted Market

According to folklore, ghosts are usually found in areas that are isolated and get little foot traffic, like private homes and abandoned buildings. However, recent security camera footage from an IGA supermarket in Adelaide, South Australia seems to show that a ghost may have decided to haunt the market rather than, say, a spooky house somewhere across town. The footage shows a package of fruit rolls being thrown a significant distance in the middle of the night.

This has led store owner Norm Hurst to believe that supernatural beings could be at work, telling the Advertiser he thinks the 'ghost has a sweet tooth'.

Upon buying the store, Mr Hurst had been warned about a supernatural presence and he admitted that some 'strange things' have happened.

However, Mr Hurst added: 'I think it's pretty cool actually, it [the ghost] hasn't done anything nasty.'

The co-founder of Adelaide Paranormal Detectives, Jessica Pulvirenti, shored up the pro-ghost argument by claiming that the footage seemed to be genuine.

She added that it didn't look as though there were any wires around the product and also had a few tips for moving on nuisance spirits.

The footage was discussed on an Australian morning show, and while the idea that the package had just fallen was brought up it actually appears to fly a significant distance. My impression of the video is that it's clear enough that it's either a hoax or the real thing - it just looks too good to be a case of something randomly falling off a shelf. One warning sign is that the owner seems to think having a ghost is "cool," as that does provide some incentive for a hoax. But if the rest of the footage from the store shows that nobody was present, this could very well show real paranormal activity. The video is embedded below the cut so you can judge for yourself.

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Hypnovatos said...

Conveniently, the source of the box being thrown is out of shot of every camera... clever ghosty... clever...

Scott Stenwick said...

I'd hope that the investigators would have checked all the footage from the store to make sure nobody else entered the building. If they didn't, though, it certainly could have been someone sneaking in and then making the throw.

Gordon said...

Spending your afterlife in Adelaide is a fate worse than hell. Somebody needs to move that spirit on, pronto!

Scott Stenwick said...

I've never been there, Gordon, but I'll take your word for it. Certainly, I would think spending my afterlife in a grocery store would be pretty darn awful.