Things That Cough in the Night
- 1982 - 2000
After the Planetarium layoffs, some staff found other positions in the ROM. One woman who had been a greeter became a Security Officer. She had to do the lonely midnight shift, making the rounds in a dark and empty museum. One night I got a terrified call: “I think there’s someone in the men’s washroom on the third floor. I heard a cough in there.”
I went to check and found no one inside. Just as I was going out the door to reassure the trembling guard, I heard the cough. It was the fresh air system starting up and the resemblance to a human was uncanny.
The end of this story is not happy. She quit the next week, saying she was too frightened to continue night shifts.