Camera Shy


I work at a recently built city parking garage and transit hub, and late at night it is my job to lock everything up until the morning, and patrol the dark building alone with just a radio linked to the local police department. It’s a very simple procedure that takes maybe 10 minutes to lock up everything, with 15 minute walkthroughs every hour.

Ar roughly 3 o’clock in the morning, I’m very tired from my 8 hour shift with 4 more hours to go. I drag myself through the security center (fancy talk for room with a chair and monitors) and begin my ascent through the ramps. I listen to my foot steps echo, and realize it seemed quieter than usual. I could smell the typical putrid smell of the city, of the fermenting feces in the trashcan from the numerous homeless from the area using the trash bins. We had to lock down the public bathrooms to prevent damage, theft, vandalism, and most importantly deaths from people over dosing in there in the middle of the night.

I finally got to the top floor and summoned the elevator. I placed my forehead against the door, feeling the cold air rushing up through the elevator shaft as it reaches my floor with a satisfying DING! I stepped, got to the ground floor and continued back to the office. I fling the door open and head inside, running for the cold office room and using my magnet fob to unlock the door.

The door usually gets hung up a little, so with a swift heel, I slam it shut and make my way to my desk. The computer that runs the camera’s is worthy of being called ancient…I’m pretty sure they don’t even make them anymore. Not to mention the internet the camera’s run off of is so slow they take forever to update; so I sat there with my new favorite past time: watching myself walk around with a tremendous amount of lag time.

I sat there watching myself drudge on through the stupidly hot weather. I laugh to myself as I watch my head land against the cold steel of the top floor elevator doors. As the doors open and the light floods the area around me my blood went ice cold.

There was a man standing no more than 6 feet away, just staring at me.

As I entered the elevator, he headed for the stairs, already vaulting down the steps. My heart races as I watch each camera as he hits each floor I hit… the 4th.. the 3rd… almost seamlessly he’s keeping perfect time with the elevator. My ears begin to boil as I feel all the blood rush to my head, I’m having a hard time breathing… I watch as the elevator doors close and he begins following me again… getting closer and closer after each turn of the corner. I watch as I fling open the door and he catches it, heading in right behind me; my heart pounding in my ear drums.

He’s INSIDE the building…

I keep watching, knowing I should look away, I can’t find him… then I see why… I kicked the door shut in his face… which means…

As I search the room, I eventually discover it’s just me in there. I radio for a few officers to come in, and they sweep the building, give me a slap on the wrist for not “paying attention”, and left. The rest of the night I stayed in that room. I watched each camera diligently, but never saw him again. Now every time I go to work, I can never shake the feeling I’m being watched…

Original Author: SWATtheory

30 Comments on 'Camera Shy'

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  • Commented on April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Honestly, id give it at least a 4/5. Definitely a satisfying story.

  • Commented on May 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    pretty good. ending couldve ben better though

  • Commented on June 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Could’ve been better. It didn’t get exciting till the end which could’ve been better. 3/5

  • Commented on June 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I like it. You explained your situation very thoroughly, as if this actually happened. It really allowed the reader to visualize what you were describing.

  • Commented on August 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    It was good but it would have been awesome if the guy was in the room…waiting.

  • Commented on October 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    He did absolutely nothing with the camera lag. Disappointing. 2/5

  • Commented on December 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    It was good. It was very well explained and descriptive. It would have been great if he had a form of physical and mental conflict going on rather than just plain fear. 3/5

  • Commented on March 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Y u no good ending? 🙁 it was good ‘part from that

  • Commented on April 11, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Ooooo creepy that’s why I will never get a night guard job

  • Commented on December 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    that was a good story. It had my on the edge of my seat in the middle of the story but then the ending came and it ruined it for me.

  • CCS
    Commented on January 13, 2015 at 5:42 am

    10 pants shat/10

  • Commented on February 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    10/10 great story

  • SWATtheory
    Commented on March 22, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Hey, author here –

    The reason this sounds like an actual event is because it actually happened when I was a college student. The security was provided through my university police department that hired students. Was minimum wage, but they worked around class hours.

    We never did find that creepy ninja hobo either.

  • Commented on March 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Good job! 5/5 You made it sound realistic.

  • Commented on December 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I liked it 4/5 I would have really loved to see more conflict but that’s a nit pick great job!

  • Commented on March 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Amazing story! 10/10

  • Commented on April 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    very good

  • Commented on April 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Omg I wonder what the hell the man would have done if he was able to get inside?! This creeped me out pretty bad, especially because it’s a true story!!

  • Commented on May 11, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I like it; Great pasta, your description made it more clear. It made me visualize every scene, and that’s what the readers want -to imagine. Although you should have emphasized more on the ending of the story, like paranoia and such. 4/5

  • Commented on June 10, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Lol creepy hobo ninja

  • Commented on July 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I like how realistic this story is. The length is great 10/10

  • Commented on October 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    The good starting to the ending making people paranoid perfect

  • Commented on November 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    extremely creepy, considering it’s true. glad you’re still here to relay the tale..

  • Commented on January 10, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Brilliant! Pretty creepy!

  • Commented on February 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

    i liked it 1. because it was short but still scary and 2. because it can actually happen which adds to the creepiness

  • Commented on February 24, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Delightfully scary as hell ….. Which of course means I love it . Very cool and very different. Keep on writing your doing such a fab job. 10/10

  • The Hermit
    Commented on July 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I like this story because it rings true. I worked in security for four years and this is every guards nightmare, because when you walk through empty, darkened buildings alone you OFTEN feel you are being watched.

  • Commented on January 3, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    it was good besides from the fact almost every sentence starts with, ” I .”

  • Commented on January 31, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I really liked this story. You gave great detail but kept it small enough that it doesent take forever to read. 5/5

  • Commented on March 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    top ten anime hobos

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