A bargain-hunting poltergeist at Factory 2-U?by Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Sep. 06, 2009, under Ghosts and Hauntings, Life, Paranormal
A long time ago, my family lived on the southside of Tucson, not too far from the intersection of Valencia and Santa Clara. At the time, K-Mart thrived as an anchor store in the strip mall on the northwest corner of that intersection. I don’t remember the exact year that K-Mart got a new neighboring store. The store touted deeper discounts than K-Mart, offering inexpensive, quality brand name and private label goods. That store was Factory 2-U. My mind is still haunted with memories of purchases I made there. When I moved into my first apartment, I bought my first set of dishes and other household items from that very store. I still use some of the dishes I bought, a full twenty years later.
Several years ago, a relative of mine employed by the store, said that the Factory 2-U was haunted. She dreaded closing time, because comforter sets would fly off the shelves – flung to the floor by unseen hands. She said she was told to just ignore it. Due to fear, or just not liking the job in general, she quit working there pretty quickly. Over the years, we would hear about the happenings at the store, but couldn’t discern fact from fiction. Then, the stories about the store faded away, just like the K-Mart on the corner of that intersection.
My sister and I set out for a day of bargain hunting yesterday. We happened to be closeby to the “haunted” Factory 2-U. We decided to stop in for bargains, as well as a good ghost story or two. We pulled into the parking lot, where K-Mart once dominated. K-Mart has long since closed and a school now occupies it’s old space in the stripmall. Yet, Factory 2-U was still there, providing a familar sight. Inexpensive items began beckoning to us, like a restless phantom from the past.
I rushed past the racks of clothing, and the dishes, on my own private ghost investigation. My mission was to see where the comforter sets were said to fly off the shelves.
As I approached the area, I noticed a marked temperature change. My sister served as the invesitgation’s documentarian by taking pictures with her cell phone. She documented as I walked through the creepy comforter area at the northeast corner of the store. I won’t give credence to the temperature change, since the store’s air conditioning units sit on the floor, peppered throughout the area. I stared at the comforters, but nothing happened. No ghosts, spirits or poltergeists made their presence known. We decided to find an employee to interview. We couldn’t find anyone to interview right away, so I became distracted by a cute shirt on a nearby rack. It was on sale for $3.99, and I utilized my sister’s services again to convince me that it would look good on me before I decided to buy it. She said that it would look cute on me. I was sold.
We spotted an employee, in the form of an earthly cashier, at the checkout stand. We approached her cautiously, while devising a plan to get her to divulge the secrets of the Factory 2-U store. She was a cute cashier who went by the name Monique. As Monique rang up my blouse, I posed a vague query: “Is this store haunted?” She said that she hoped it wasn’t because her duties included closing the store at night. A two-month veteran of the store, Monique denied ever seeing, or hearing of, any ghosts flinging comforters of the shelves. Rather than pressing her for more information, I told her that I hoped that we didn’t scare her at all, by mentioning the alleged haunting. She said that she’s had scarier encounters with customers over the last couple months than she could ever imagine with an alleged comforter flinging ghost. That was funny. So, my sister and I left Monique to her post, and bid the Factory 2U and it’s inhabitants farewell – until the next time we go bargain/ghost hunting. Although I have no photographic evidence of a ghost, I do have photographnic evidence of a really cute shirt that I bought for $3.99!