Very Ghostbuster-y video making the rounds. I’m not buying it. Looks completely staged. But it’s getting a decent amount of attention on paranormal websites. Have a look.
A remarkable video which appears to show a poltergeist in a Whitstable shop is proving an internet sensation.
The clip on YouTube films security footage apparently taken at the Whitstable Nutrition Centre.
As a shopper browses, a box emerges from the shelf behind him and hovers in the air.
Another box then falls to the floor, startling him.
The first thing I noticed was the black arm and part of torso you see at the rear ducking behind the shelves. As commenters noted, this is not the original footage. If this really did happen, at a real place (there is a real Whitstable Nutrition Centre at 81 High St, Whitstable CT5 1AY, United Kingdom) it should not be difficult to go there, see the surroundings and obtain the original footage. There are no details to be found with the YouTube video. This is not going to be enough to convince anyone half-skeptical that ghosts are real. You have to do WAY better than this to make me agree to overturn the laws of physics.
UPDATE (3-Aug-13): Bryan and Baxter have no idea!
UPDATE (16-Aug-13) David James, who is familiar with the case, sent us this information that seems rather curious considering the circumstances. The other cameras in the store caught two other bystanders as well as the two in the focus of the event. Notice this guy… (still from the video)
David writes that the man is in the adjacent aisle, with both arms held oddly above his head seconds after the “haunting”. You can see this within the last 1-2 seconds of the clip when they pan away from the main screen and also at the very beginning where he’s at the end of the aisle. The quality is poor and David has had no luck getting the shop to provide the original.
What is the man doing in the picture? And what about the woman in the foreground? You don’t see them for long enough to work out what, if anything, they are doing. But they are visible before and after.
David notes it is a tiny shop so having four people in there would constitute busy! This is a curious find that lends further suggestion that this was a purposeful hoax, as suspected.