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Jimmy's World Grill & Bar Poltergeist

Jimmy's World Grill & Bar Poltergeist

Jimmy's World Grill & Bar

Restaurant Poltergeist

This video, taken from a closed circuit TV (CCTV) camera, alleges to show poltergeist activity. When a diner at Jimmy's World Grill & Bar in Luton, U.K. temporarily leaves her place at a table, an unseen force moves a chair, then a napkin, then swipes the plate from the table violently.
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Poltergeist or hoax?

This always is the question, or course. The manager of the restaurant is quoted as saying, "The incident was brought to my attention by a customer who was sitting a few tables away and heard a loud crash. When she turned around there was nobody sat at the table, which baffled her. I instantly went over to the table where the incident had taken place to find a broken plate and cutlery on the floor. I didn't think too much of it at the time but when talking to the staff about it a couple of days later they joked about it being a ghost."

It's possible this is genuine, but there are several things that make me suspect a hoax:

  • The incident takes place right in front of the camera, providing a good view.
  • All of the activity are easily accomplished by pulling some wires. (Nothing levitates, for example, which would be a trickier effect.)
  • It feels like a set-up. The objects affected are things that the girl touched or used, I think with the intention of giving the viewer the idea that wires could not be attached to them. But, of course, they could.
  • There are no other diners seen in the immediate vicinity, giving the hoaxers needed space and privacy for their prank.
  • Also note that everything is pulled in the same general direction, where we assume the wire puller is hidden off camera.

So, although poltergeist phenomena is a real and well-documented mystery, my instincts are telling me this is not a genuine example. I could be wrong, so what do YOU think?

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