Chairs have been known to move on their own at Cronies on Johnson Drive in Ventura. Take a look. Wochit
Around Halloween a couple of years ago, Cronies Sports Grill in Ventura experienced what its staff described as visits by ghosts — ones who apparently liked to move furniture.
The staff learned something was amiss when the alarm went off at the restaurant on Johnson Drive, co-owner Dave Foldes said.
When the alarm indicates something, “we have to figure out why,” General Manager Jimmy Seguine said. “There was some motion in here, but we couldn’t see anything.”
The staff members found a chair had fallen over. Trying to learn how that happened, they watched a surveillance video, which showed it occurring apparently by itself.
Seguine said nothing was open and no windows were broken.
It wasn’t an isolated incident. Another time, a chair wobbled right before a customer’s eyes as she was sitting next to the window having lunch.
“It was such a unique situation, and kind of scary,” Foldes said.
That was caught on video, as well.
Since the video footage made its way online, more than 1 million people have reportedly viewed it from all around the world.
Day Manager Phil Guardione suggested it was “a past customer just sitting, chilling and hanging out over here at the bar.”Although Foldes and Seguine organized a 10-minute seance this year as a way to greet possible ghosts, the business apparently isn’t looking too deeply into finding the responsible specter.
“We have even had people who are ghostbusters who wanted to sit down and talk with us,” Foldes said. “We weren’t really interested in that. I don’t want to mess around with spirits in a serious way. I don’t know what their intentions are. I assume they are friendly.”
A security camera caught chairs falling down on their own at Cronies in Ventura. This 2017 video explains why some folks think the eatery is haunted. Buzz60
A purported ghost expert is skeptical that the furniture was moved by a ghost.
Richard Senate, who leads ghost tours in Ventura and has appeared on paranormal TV reality shows, says the incidents don’t seem typical of ghost activity.
“I actually went over there and talked to the people. I carefully examined the videotape. All it shows is that a stool or chair is being moved,” he said.
He wasn’t willing to deem it a hoax, but with only two incidents, “it makes me think that it is not a classic haunting,” he said.
“In a classic haunting, the events happen over and over again” in a pattern he called “recurring spontaneous activity.”
He’d also expect mysterious things to be happening in other parts of the building.
“There would be a link like a murder or suicide or death of somebody,” he said. “I had a psychic visit the site, and she didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary.”
Nevertheless, regular customers Kim Ledesma and her son Stevie Ledesma are believers.
“We saw the videos of the stuff online. It is pretty authentic. Just kind of spooky,” Kim Ledesma said. “It just validates that ghosts exist. I don’t know if they were here for a purpose, though.”
Mo Jazi is a breaking news reporter with The Star. Reach him at mo.najafianJazi@vcstar.com or 805-437-0236.
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