Escape rooms invite all sorts of confusion and mayhem - it's all part of the fun. According to a few weird stories from escape room employees, the games often bring out sides of humanity you never expected, for better or worse. People's most bizarre escape room experiences highlight how family and friends react when confronted with locked doors and various inanimate objects.
A far cry from escape room horror stories, the weirdest things seen by escape room employees run the gamut from utterly bizarre to surprisingly heartwarming. Couples may break up in escape rooms, but others are just as happy to announce their pregnancies among macabre surroundings.
Depending on your opinion of this emerging trend, the weirdest things seen by escape room workers might make you avoid them altogether - or you might be tempted to book one of your own. Either way, the escapees and employees below likely will never forget their time in the escape room.
From Redditor /u/SartresChill:
We had a group that was evidently high. They weren't disruptive or anything, so we just briefed them, and took them to their room. So far so good.
We have cameras and microphones inside the rooms, that way we know what hints to give out. [A]nother important thing is that the room they were at had a small fountain, and since the particular aesthetic of this room was dusty, that water was filthy. I'm talking murky, brown-yellow, mud-water.
At one point one of the guys says he is thirsty, and proceeds to stick his mouth onto the fountain's stream and take a hefty gulp of the sh*t-water. We spend a second of shock/guffaw, and tell them that drinking the f*cking water isn't part of the puzzle.
The guy reads the hint and just says "that's alright." He proceeded to do the same thing four times and drank the whole fountain (small fountain, but still like a gallon of mud-water).
From Redditor /u/simonjester523:
So we do proposals. Ring in the final puzzle box, proposal signs, whole package deal, people love it. Dude calls up to set up a proposal, I ask what room he wants, etcetera. So then I tell him the total price to book out the entire room for the proposal.
He says he just wants to buy the two tickets for him and his girlfriend. I tell him we can't have strangers playing a game [where] their experience is impacted/altered by the fact that there's a proposal going on. Proposal happens in an Escape Room, there's no longer a game, it becomes about the proposal. I know this because I've seen it happen a hundred times.
Anyway, dude refuses to buy out all of the tickets. Says he wants strangers to be there, he's not going to buy the other four tickets. I hand the phone to my manager, they hash out details together.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the proposal, this guy calls every. Single. F*cking. Day. There's nothing else to figure out, we've got it all set up, but this guy is constantly badgering us.
The big day rolls around, he arrives early so he can hide out, and this dude is a kid. Like, pimple-faced, voice-cracking, hair-growing-in-weird-places kind of kid. Everybody in the control room is talking about him, because he's been a thorn in our collective sides for weeks, and we're speculating about telling him marriage at his age is a horrible idea, but whatever it's too late.
So he hides, the girl and her friends show up, they get started and we stash the dude in the second hidden room that they'll eventually end up in. Everybody crowds around the monitor to watch and this guy pulls out a bouquet of flowers and unfurls a sign that says "NAME REDACTED, will you go with me to PROM?"
And the entire staff loses their collective sh*t. Weeks of constant pestering, endless phone calls, and the most stressful proposal deal we've ever put together. For a f*cking PROMposal.
She said no.
From Redditor /u/nadroj37:
If a group doesn't show up 10 minutes before their start time, we call to ask if they're making their way or not.
Well this guy put his home phone number and when we called, his wife answered, but she had no idea what we were talking about. We asked for her name and she wasn't on any booking information, so we assumed it was a wrong number.
Well the husband shows up with A DIFFERENT FAMILY. She seemed to be his girlfriend by the way they flirted in the room, and she also had kids.
Then, when they escaped, he refused to have his picture taken. We called that event "the night of Affair Guy."
From Redditor /u/theleviwasbr1:
One time I had a group of kind of redneck people come in and they all smelled funny. We assumed it was some weird pot and just got them in the room.
One of the weirder gentlemen went outside in the middle of the game and came back in and released a large cloud of smoke into the room. After they failed to escape, we took their picture and the same guy screams "All right guys, let's go smoke some more m*th!"
We still don't have rules against this.