Is the Coast Clear?

"First security site I worked at was a beef plant, and while most cameras just showed people cutting beef, occasionally I'd see a pair go off to the 'non traffic' areas to do the dirty."

Is the Coast Clear?

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The Peephole

"When I was seventeen, I was working security in a twelve story building in Dallas. It was a full secure building and my job was to take the elevator to the top, and walk down over and over randomly going into offices and checking them. It was a big building. Multi-use with dozens of companies inside. One night around three AM, where I was pretty much the only person in the building, I was wandering around in an office I hadn't been in much, and went into a corner room just to look around. Mostly I was intending to look out the windows and check the parking lot. I rarely bothered turning on lights. Just randomly lit things up with my flashlight. I watched the parking lot for a moment then turned to wander out. The office closet had no doorknob, and looking right at me through the hole was an eye. After half my hair fell out, and and my heart started to slow down, I realized the SOB who owned that office had put a poster on the other side of that door with an eye lined up with that hole. I'm still mad at him"

The Peephole

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Being Followed

"When I was a regular security officer at my first site, I would work the night shift. My job was to basically walk the building's interior and exterior and watch the CCTVs. At night, the cameras sometimes don't show perfect images. After I am done with an external round at 3am, I go inside and look at one of the cameras that cover one especially dark corner of the building. Standing there, doing absolutely nothing but staring at the camera, is a lone man. I cannot distinguish his features because of the camera's low quality. This man is just standing there staring at the camera, not moving an inch. He wasn't doing anything mischievous, so I couldn't call the police just yet. So I killed some time and reviewed the recorded footage to see when he got there. Eventually he popped out of the bushes right after I was seen on the recording walking by from my recent external round. He seems to follow me a little bit but when I cut out of view he stops and stares at the camera until I come back in to the control room. When I stop the DVR, I look back at the camera and he is gone. I did NOT go back outside until sunrise"

Being Followed

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A Big Sniff

"I worked at a large retail establishment for many years and the 'highlight reel' of the security team was awesome. Weirdest thing was two bros shopping in electronics together, not looking particularly suspicious. I mean these were your typical dudes; khaki cargo shorts, backwards hats, Abercrombie shirts (this was 2008ish). One perched down to look at something on the bottom shelf and the other one came up, put his hand on the crouching guys shoulder, and fully puts his hand down the back of the guys pants. Bro number 1 is unfazed. Bro number 2 steps back and inhales deeply of the backdoor essence of bro number 1. They don't buy anything and then leave nonchalantly"

A Big Sniff

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Zoom In

"At Target we had a report of someone following people around the parking lot in his car. Swung the outside camera to get a look at his face to call the police. Zoom. Enhance....He was touching himself while following young girls in the lot" (Source).

Zoom In
Zoom In

"I worked graveyard shift security in the psych ward of a hospital last summer. The most memorable thing I can think of was when a patient threw the television across the room after pacing in front of it for over half an hour. When I rewound the tape, I noticed that he had been watching a Magic Bullet infomercial"

Zoom In

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He's Seen Things

As far as things I've seen... I'm a guard at an office building. I've seen two separate women urinate on the property. One was obviously drunk and tried to conceal herself in some bushes in the middle of the night.
The other woman pulled up to our parking garage entrance, got out of her car and (in full view of our security camera) pissed for about 90 seconds in broad daylight. I've also seen a peeping tom touching himself outside a window in some condos next to my building. Police were called and he was arrested. The woman he was watching was older, I believe, and just doing laundry. I've lost count of the people I've recorded parked on the property having sex in a car. This includes an on duty cop who would park and then be joined by a woman for an hour"

He's Seen Things

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Odd Job

"My job title was 'friction manager' when I worked at a strip club. Basically, my job was to sit in a booth located in the 'friction room', and watch two large screens that showed an image of each private dance room. I kept tally of the number of dances each girl performed, and charged them accordingly. I also kept an eye out for overly aggressive customers, and called security when needed. I was also responsible for making sure none of the girls were doing anything illegal in those rooms. I saw a guy that would fly in once a week to pay a girl $2000 to kick him in the privates for an hour. I saw countless cat fights.... The worst thing though, was the mother/daughter team we had. Guys would find out, and have them both give dances together"

Odd Job

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A Few Feet Away

"I worked as a manager at a tobacco store about 10 years ago. One customer was a semi-homeless man who'd come in and buy a couple packs of cigs. It was winter, and being one of the few smoke-friendly places, I had a small table and chairs set up (to be honest it was to encourage cigar smoking, not cigarette smoking since cigars were much more profitable). He was a pretty chill guy, but after a week or so of his patronage, he was sitting and having a smoke when another customer came in. I can't remember the specifics but he began to insult and belittle the customer, so I had to eventually kick him out of the store. He was clearly upset but I really didn't think much of it. About 2 weeks later he comes in, and doesn't say a word. I'm behind the counter, and he's just standing a few feet away. For me that gets my attention. After a long minute and my, 'can I help you' he buys a single pack of Reds, says nothing and walks out. I was suspicious so I reviewed the CCTV and the camera that shows the counter are from the side. in the hand I couldn't see he was holding a revolver. Cops came and took the tape, and a statement but I doubt anything came of it. I quit shortly after- the pay was terrible." (Source).

A Few Feet Away
A Witness

"I use to work security at an amusement park before I got into EMS. The craziest thing I ever saw was someone being stabbed while I watched from the video room. I of course call out for my other officers that were patrolling to get there code 3 and called the police. From what we gathered after the incident was it was a gang related retaliation"

A Witness

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People aren't Cautious

"I've seen a psychiatric patient knock a nurse out cold. I've seen, more than once, couples trying to have sex. I've seen elderly people lost in places they shouldn't have been able to get to. I've seen people blatantly drinking hard alcohol and smoking cigarettes in the building. I had a boss who was a creepy pervert and liked to zoom in on the cute female pharmacy techs (no shame, he did this during meetings and in front of everyone.) He got fired for misconduct over something else, no surprise there. Most of our cameras aren't 'hidden', just sitting in cases that protect them. Because they aren't obviously cameras, just a white box with a tinted glass panel, people don't seem to register that they're on camera and do all kinds of embarrassing stuff in front of them".

People aren't Cautious

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Mall Security

"Used to work mall security: Caught many people having sex in the parking lot on cam. Including mall tenant employees that I see all the time. Saw a skunk with a yogurt cup over its head run in circles for 5 hours during an overnight. Saw a cat running around, but with the frame rate it looked as if the cats legs never moved and it was gliding, I saw a 2000 lbs snow gate lift up off the peg and fall over with nobody around. Saw a few security guards fall off segways. Saw a woman tumble down a flight of stairs, turn 90 degrees left, continue tumbling on flat ground, turn 90 degrees right and tumble down another flight of stairs. Saw a car catch fire seemingly spontaneously, saw myself having fun doing donuts in my car, nailing a curb and catching air. Oh yeah and I saw a woman make diarrhea on her boyfriends windshield and as far as hidden cameras go, they are purposely visible to deter crime"

Mall Security

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"Best Of"

"You could take pictures with a lot of the cameras. Where I used to work, our boss had to fire the whole crew because the state inspector found a 'Best of...' folder with pictures of female patron's cleavage. Nothing illegal, but just women who had worn revealing clothing into the place"

A Free Show

"I have worked nights in two high rises that are right next to high end hotels. As it turns out, there are a lot of people who like to have sex with the blinds open because they think our offices are completely vacant at night. They always forget about the security guard that has to do round on every floor every other hour..."

A Free Show

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Something Caught My Eye

"Currently work third shift security at a fairly quiet datacenter. Super easy, don't really see many people. There are usually about 4 or 5 employees around who also work in the building. Before working third shift I used to pull 12-12 on the weekends, talk about boring. Pretty much just sit at a desk, monitor cameras, and every now and then check on the data centers every hour. Anyway, while I was working one night I'm just kind of hanging out at the desk. Seemed like a typical night, nothing going on, here I am sitting here every now and then looking at the cameras. Something managed to catch my eye on one of the monitors. Look over to see a frozen image of a little girl in one of the dark hallways near the back of the building. Could not believe what I am seeing. Literally say out loud, 'OH HELL NO'. No way I'm going back there to check it out when I remember I can just do a playback to see if I was just missing something. Rewind to find out I missed one of the employees leading his daughter by the camera due to the fact that the computer and cameras are tied to a POS system. It had just skipped those frames. I could not have been more relieved"

Something Caught My Eye

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Waxing the Carrot

"I do computer tech support. I do simple stuff...can't print? I'm your guy! One day a middle aged married gent comes up to me and tells me that he met a girl online and promised he'd help her setup a sex site, but he doesn't know the first thing about computers. I'm surprised that he was able to get into a chat room. I quickly declined. I told him I knew nothing about web programming (true) and good luck with his endeavor (not heartfelt). Time goes by and one day I find myself in the Security office. The security guy was quite old and I was setting up the laptop for his new, fresh out of college, sidekick. I see them watching the monitor and there's the porn guy. He's in the office RIGHT NEXT DOOR. They are sharing a wall. I see him get up and lock his door, sit down at the PC and up pops porn. The old security guy says to the kid. 'Go ask to borrow a pencil'. He goes over, and knocks on the door. The dude shuts down his PC (including turning off the monitor), grabs everything on the printer and throws it in the trash, and comes to the door. 'Got a pencil?' 'Sure' (gives security kid a pencil). The kid comes back and we watch the guy lock the door, boot the PC, monitor is back on, logs in, and...porn. Old dude says to kid 'Now go borrow a sharpener'. I was dying. Again, the pc is downed, monitor turned off (no idea why), door unlocked, etc. He was escorted off the property about a week later. A manager's ID flagged corporately for porn, and the IT managers were sure there was no way that manager was that dumb. They traced the IP address to the workstation next to Security, and that manager would never have been in that office, hence the surveillance. This was '96 and we weren't very security conscious back then. When a management person got their proxy password, it defaulted to the username. So as long as you had someone's email address and they had never changed the PW, you could get online with it. After the fact I found out he had left pictures in the trash which people had found and complained about, and that Security had him on video waxing the carrot in his office. He had worked at the company for 25 years and was escorted off the property having just screwed himself OUT OF HIS PENSION!!! I can't even imagine what he told his wife. It also turned out that he was doing this from work so his wife wouldn't find out. Oops! I really wish I would have gone into security instead of PC support!"

Waxing the Carrot

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Many Performances

"Working grad nights at Disneyland I always loved working Pirates of the Caribbean. About an hour before the kids headed back to the buses (3am-ish) things got really quiet and very few people came through the rides. The ones that did were always couples looking for someplace to make out. Being in the dispatch booth was always great at that point because you had full view of all of the cameras throughout the ride. I saw many cases of oral sex performed. Depending on who was working at unload, I would let them know when it was happening and he would give them a wink or shake his finger at them to let them know... we know".

Many Performances

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Fun with the Gang

"I worked at a Community College A/V department for a while... (I know, I know). The security office hired me to make (and then run) a bunch of hidden camera setups. There was an epidemic of theft on campus, and security suspected their own people, so they went to another department for help. I threw together a couple simple setups, cams in VHS cases, clocks, pc speakers, etc. One of the first places they had me set things up was in the office of the president of the college. They were complaining of things being moved, but not stolen. There were other places that needed the gear more, but the president gets what she wants. First day after having the rig setup, I'm reviewing the tape from the night before. Around midnight the light in the office comes on. I know it's not cleaning, they were there hours earlier. It ended up being several of the presidents office staff... naked... in a gang bang. When it came time to report the first weeks results, I gave security a vid file of static... technical difficulties. Left a note on the desk of one of the president office employees... anonymous note, of course... suggesting that they stop. I included a still frame shot of their escapades. A week later several of the staff quit (which was NOT my intention)...I felt kinda bad about the whole thing, and handed over the task to someone else. I dunno, it was weird"

Fun with the Gang

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Naturalist

"Funniest thing? At around 2 am on a weekend random dude walking down the street with no shirt on, systematically going to all the trees along the road and hugging them passionately. Before a random motorist catches his attention that is. Shirtless guy charges out onto the street in front of the car causing the driver to slam on his brakes. He then proceeded to drop to all fours and mock charge the vehicle. The terrified motorist throws their car into reverse turns completely around and speeds off. Shirtless guy continues to hug trees. At that point I called the police"

Naturalist

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Laughing at Misfortune

"I was a security guard for 2 years while going to college, during this time I saw many people having sex in their cars in the parking lots I patrolled, it was a very regular thing. However, there were a few spots you were bound to find some great footage... We had a building in Boulder, CO, which housed many upperclass snobs with way too much money. Condos ranging from 500K- 6 Million. One day while sitting there watching the cameras I came across a women having nothing but trouble trying to leave her parking garage. She was trying to stick her ticket in the garage, but didn't park close enough to the machine. She attempted to open the door and reach with all her might! Next thing you know, she is out of the car, her arm stuck in the seatbelt, and the car starts rolling away from her. The best part is when she finally freed her arm she attempted to hold the Jeep by the opening for the door and stop it from rolling. She FAILED, the car drug her through the gate and crashed into a wall in front of her. We called everyone over for the next few weeks to watch the video, unfortunately the property management found out that we were laughing at the misfortune of one of their residents and had the videos removed" (Source).

Laughing at Misfortune

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A Cheater

"I worked for security when I was in college. A girl I had been seeing came and visited me at my office since I was working a Midnight to 8 am. She was swinging by to say goodbye because it was the end of the semester and she was moving back home for the summer. We kissed, said our goodbyes, etc, and she left. Well, not two minutes after leaving she shows up at the entrance to one of the dorms that my office covers. Guy comes to the door, they make out briefly, then disappear inside. She didn't leave before the end of my shift. Felt bad man"

A Cheater

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Perfect Hiding Place

"We had one hidden in the cash counting room. The cash supervisor was stealing...and hiding the money in her body fat. We got it on camera and had her come to the office. She had to lift up her shirt and pull all the money out of her body fat"

Perfect Hiding Place

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Tricky Thief

"I work Security for a relatively large bank with a lot of offices in Europe. I can log on and look at any camera we have on any of our branches or ATM's/ deposit boxes. One time we had an alarm at one of our branch offices, there was nothing to be seen on camera at the site, however I dispatched a security guard to check this and reset the alarm or find out if its a malfunction etc. The guard arrived and found nothing unusual on the site, being a bit lazy I guess he didn't even write down the alarm detector number - he just confirmed nothing unusual and reset it. Then the guard left and 10 minutes after that we get another alarm, this time from one of the safes at the place. I checked the video again and noticed light on in the safe room (goes on automatically) and there were bits of plaster on the floor... So we contacted the police they go there and with the security guard so he could lock them in. I then checked the video and see that there was a burglar, he's went in through the roof, using ski mask and such stuff - he had set off the first alarm too, sprayed the IR detector with paint and then he sat on the roof probably and waited for the Security to reset the alarm. His mistake though was to touch the safes. As soon as he tripped that alarm he must have escaped through his hole in the roof and get out,lucky for him, he was not caught"

Tricky Thief

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R.I.P. Bunny

"This was about march time, I was guarding a wind farm construction site in a place called Coldham, it's in England in the fens, my site was in the middle of a bunch of fields, I liked to sit in my car during my night shifts as the poor excuse for a cabin they gave us smelled of urine and the heating would cut out the power. So I was in my car with my laptop watching something or other and I saw a quick dash to my left and without getting out to stay safe. I looked out the window and because it was night I couldn't see a thing at all so I flick on my main beams and what did I see? Two of the biggest hares going at it right in front of my car.... Not so spectacular I hear you say? Well ever heard the expression 'you look like a rabbit caught in head lights?' It refers to rabbits, hares, deers and other woodland critters being frozen in place when hit with a sudden beam of light. We're the two hares frozen in place? Yes... Yes they were and this made it much easier for the fox hiding just behind the cabin to run out and snatch the one on top... That's right people, not only did I stop a hare mid hump but I also got the little guy killed. And all I could do was ring up my brother and tell him of the hare's tale of woe"

R.I.P. Bunny

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The Black Shape

"I'm not a security officer but I work in a restaurant and we have cameras (obviously). A few weeks ago my boss and I are cleaning up the kitchen before we head home. When we're done she and I went into her office to sit, finish some paperwork and hang out before I headed out. She has the video feed from the cameras in her office and I'm staring at the screen when this black shape just masses from the corner. I cut her off and made her look too, we just sat there extremely pale just waiting for the shape to move. after, honestly it couldn't have been more than 15 or so seconds, the thing just receded and was gone. We waited a few minutes and both left together. It was super creepy"

The Black Shape
The Bike Ride

"Working at small casino I was an assistant manager (not on duty). Some darwin award recipient tried to drive his harley through the casino. It wasn't a very big place (small town casino) so he thought he could make it from the back door to the front before anyone caught him. He didn't make the tight turn between the slots and ended up on his side. Best part, all the male security guards froze and the lone female (6'4" 280) basically jumped on top of the guy and sat on him until everyone came to help. Can't believe I wasn't on duty that day. At least I didn't have to fill out the paperwork"

The Bike Ride

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The Log Flume

"I did an internship at a very large amusement park in central Florida. I worked on a log flume ride in a western theme section of the park. The control tower was part of our rotation, in which we watch about 100 cameras that are scattered throughout the interior and exterior sections of the ride. I saw more crap on the monitors than I can share here. But I will say the WORST day of my life was Christian Youth Group day where the entire park was rented out to the most raucous bunch of hoodlums that I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I had to stop the ride many times each night due to kids jumping out of the logs to get it on, setting off the smoke detectors with their filched half-smoked marlboros, and once had to run around the ride while all the 'guests' watched me to find a girl that had jumped out to hide from her friends and got lost. Now, this is a ride that many people have 'died' on (I say this as no one actually dies at this park), from jumping out and getting run down by oncoming 1000 lb logs, so it's actually a pretty big deal when people get out mid-ride. The funniest thing was when I had to stop the ride when two very large individuals were unable to get out of the log at the end of the ride as they were wedged in tight. Almost had to get the butter"

The Log Flume

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The Trusty Axe Handle

"When I was in the army in '90 and wasn't allowed to go to the desert since they didn't trust me with live ammo after my wife died, they put me on guard duty walking around at night watching the ammo depot at the base I was at. This was a base for an armor battalion, so there were huge bunkers buried underground with tank ammo in them. I got dropped off at sunset and was handed a walkie-talkie and an axe handle. Not a handgun or an M-16 like I'd been trained to use, but a stick. All night long I walked around in circles inside this 10ft tall fenced in area picking up rocks and hitting them with my stick while being bored out of me head. At about 5:30am, I saw someone coming out of the tree line on the other side of the fence and noticed that he had a weapon on his shoulder. I panicked and started to call it in to my captain when I realized he wasn't trying to threaten me in any way. He was in camouflage, not military style, but the kind you wear going hunting. He'd been there all night long waiting for some wild boar that he'd heard come around all the time. He said he had me in his sights for half the night. He had a jar of apple moonshine and offered me a few swigs which I happily took to calm my nerves after hearing that he could have taken me down at any time..."

The Trusty Axe Handle

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The Strange Light

"I've seen one strange thing on camera that I haven't been able to explain. I don't want to say it was paranormal or supernatural because I'm sure there was some rational explanation for it, I just can't figure it out. The camera at one of the sites I worked nights in was situated in the high right corner of the lobby. So it looked over the entrance. The entire wall of the building facing the street was glass (it was a downtown skyscraper). One night, around 3am I notice a light on the security monitor. It was a white cone of light that kept moving around in no discernible pattern. Being in the lobby, I was maybe 20 feet from the door and when I looked up, I couldn't see any light. It was only on the monitor. This went on for maybe an hour. I tried to figure it out but couldn't understand what was going on. I switched the view of the monitor so that camera was the only one on the screen and the light was still there. I looked outside and everything looked normal. There was no extra light coming from anywhere. The only thing that wasn't business as usual was a building across the street had contractors working in their lobby but they were too far away to be causing the light. They didn't even have any extra light on in their building. I worked in that building for 3 years and that was the only time that ever happened. It creeped me out a little but, most of all, it just confused me" (Source).

The Strange Light
Camera 3

"I work the night shift in a hotel, and I watch the CCTVs on and off all night in between all of the other work I do. It's not an old hotel, it's just a little odd sometimes. Camera 14 used to spook me because there were always shadows flashing across it without there being any evidence of anyone being near the camera. Until I realized one night I was seeing shadows cast by the moths (it's an outside camera), and I'm an idiot.
For the past two months there's been issues with Camera 3, though. Camera 3 is in the pool room. I generally don't pay attention to it because the pool is closed until the last hour of my shift, but the TV is a split screen of all the cameras so I see it. About two months ago I went to sweep and mop the pool. The entire place just felt off in no way I can describe. I blamed it on being tired, I'm often a little paranoid when I'm tired, but I finished up in there and got out as fast as possible. When I got back to the office to hang up the keys I look at the cameras, and Camera 3 is down. Completely. The screen is the bright blue indicating it has gone offline. I ignored it the rest of the night (camera maintenance is not my job, and I wouldn't know how to fix it), and I told my boss in the morning. She went back on the tape because she wondered why it had gone down, and all she saw was a shadow on the tape, and then the camera was gone. This isn't too big a deal, shadows from passing cars to go through the room at night, but when we looked at the physical camera itself, it had literally been moved. Maybe it fell, who knows? But I really didn't like working in there after that. Camera 3 was fixed a month ago. But the room still gives me the creeps. Two weeks ago, as I was watching the cameras for a few minutes before going back to reading, I noticed movement on Camera 3. I stare at the screen for a while, and I saw a shadowy thing (there really is no other way to describe it) shift across the floor. I can't see the door of the pool room from Camera 3, and no other camera can either, but I see it shift toward the door. The hotel is fairly small, and while I can't see the pool room from the office, I can hear the doors. I hear a loud bang bang bang on the door, and then watched as the shadow just sort of melted back toward the hot tub. There's a hotel cat that wanders around outside. He's a good cat, he likes attention, and he follows me on my rounds outside to take out the trash. He's been doing it all summer like clockwork. The past two months he won't let me on the side of the building of the pool room. Well, won't let is a strong word. He doesn't like it over there, and he will rush out in front of me and snag my pants to keep me from going in front of him (I don't want to trip over him, so I let him). He has outright started hissing at the pool room (there's an outside trash can right in front of it), and he has actually attacked the window before. This is very odd for a cat that's normally nice and sweet. Two nights ago, while I was studying, I heard the banging from inside the pool room again. Just as I looked up at the CCTV to see if it was the shadow, I don't see the damn shadow, I see an eye. And then the camera went off line again. That morning, as I went to add bromine to the spa the bromine tank, quite literally, exploded. I have no clue what it is, or if I'm just very, very tired, but that place is just bad juju of the worst sort"

Camera 3

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