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18 Escape Room Employees Describe The Weirdest Things They've Ever Witnessed On The Job

Updated May 14, 2021 3.4k votes 559 voters 23.3k views18 items

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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 escape rooms, the weirdest things seen by the 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.

  • 1

    The Thirst Is Real(ly Bad)

    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. Another 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 then we 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).

    Is this bizarre?
  • 2

    Prepping For The Proposal

    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, etc. 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. If a 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 and that 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 "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.

    Is this bizarre?
  • 3

    It's A Rule- and Judgment-Free Zone

    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.

    Is this bizarre?
  • 4

    It's Like A Couples Retreat (From Reality)

    From Redditor /u/GloriousTuna:

    One couple couldn't agree on how to solve the puzzles and broke up inside the room.

    Another couple had the guy surprise the girl with a proposal.

    Another couple got a horror-themed escape room and just sat on the floor and cuddled. They didn't look scared. They didn't bother to solve anything either. They just cuddled with all the creepy props and sound effects surrounding them. I guess they couldn't find a creepy motel to cuddle in?

    Is this bizarre?