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Volume 70, Issue 47, Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Life & Arts

Spirits spy on Spaghetti servers

By Bridget Brown
The Daily Cougar

Before new employees get comfy with the table numbers, menu or wine list at the Spaghetti Warehouse downtown, they must first learn the most important aspect of working at the century-old building -- watch your back because, spirits are watching you.

Waitress Theresa Bolden learned her lesson after taking the server exam. 

"I saw a ghost sitting at a table, and then it just walked off -- well, really floated off. Her feet didn't touch the earth," Bolden said. "I wasn't afraid, but I didn't believe it. I actually saw it. (And I) was like, ‘OK, this is real.'"

Bolden said she has seen the ghost five times. The otherworldly woman locked her in the upstairs bathroom, knocked 15 drinks off of Bolden's cocktail tray and loves to rearrange table settings.

"She is a mischievous ghost, but she's a sweetie. She really just wants attention," Bolden said. "This is her home. She's always here and she always visits."

Waiter Bobby Grimes learned to avoid eating upstairs by himself in the Warehouse's "trolley room."

"I was eating upstairs because I wanted to be by myself. A little light came through the windows and then I saw her -- a little girl with black hair. (She) darted to the kitchen, but I only saw the top half of her body," Grimes said. "I didn't believe in ghosts, but I do now. Everyone says don' t go up there during Halloween, especially to the back where the mirrors are."

The mirrors are lined up in a row along the backside of an ancient trolley that houses tables in an area usually used for banquets. The mirrors reflect antique artifacts like a chest of drawers, where a little girl suffocated to death in a crawl space, president of Lone Star Spirits Paranormal Investigations Peter Haviland said. 

"There's no way to be sure where all of the artifacts that fill up that room came from, or why they're haunted," Haviland said. "They were just issued randomly to all of the Spaghetti Warehouses across the country."

During an overnight investigation at the building last Halloween, the Lone Star investigators documented activity upstairs, in the basement and in the elevator shaft, where the first owner of the building died. Haviland and two other team members saw the figure of a little boy in the trolley room.

Bartender Stacy Henrion hardly ever goes upstairs or down into the basement by herself, where an ex-employee was strangely shoved down a flight of stairs twice; he broke his ankle on the second tumble. 

He quickly learned the ghosts all have their own agendas.

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