Escape rooms are all fun and games until something weird happens. We’ve found a bunch of hilarious stories of the strange things that happen in seemingly innocent escape rooms, from the sweet to the nightmarish. Keep reading to get a taste for what these employees deal with. You’ll have a whole new level of respect the next time you find yourself at an escape room.
“I’ve had many, many groups, as I walk them into the room, point to the big box on the floor with a combo lock on it and ask ‘is that part of the game???’
No, we just have random boxes in the room that aren’t related.
A good amount of these people will continue to ignore that box, even after I’ve told them it’s important. It’s one of the first things you’re supposed to do!” @nerfjanmayen
Pro tip: listen to the employees!
“So we do proposals. Ring in the final puzzle box, proposal signs, whole package deal, people love it. Dude calls up to set up a proposal, I ask what room he wants etcetera. So then I tell him the total price to book out the entire room for the proposal. He says he just wants to buy the two tickets for him and his girlfriend, I tell him we can’t have strangers playing a game that their experience is impacted/altered by the fact that there’s a proposal going on. Proposal happens in an Escape Room, there’s no longer a game, it becomes about the proposal. I know this because I’ve seen it happen a hundred times.
Anyway, dude refuses to buy out all of the tickets. Says he wants strangers to be there, he’s not going to buy the other four tickets. I hand the phone to my manager, they hash out details together.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the proposal, this guy calls every. Single. F*cking. Day. There’s nothing else to figure out, we’ve got it all set up, but this guy is constantly badgering us.
The big day rolls around, he arrives early so he can hide out, and this dude is a kid. Like, pimple-faced, voice-cracking, hair-growing-in-weird-places kind of kid. Everybody in the control room is talking about him, because he’s been a thorn in our collective sides for weeks, and we’re speculating about telling him marriage at his age is a horrible idea, but whatever it’s too late.
So he hides, the girl and her friends show up, they get started and we stash the dude in the second hidden room that they’ll eventually end up in. Everybody crowds around the monitor to watch and this guy pulls out a bouquet of flowers and unfurls a sign that says ‘NAME REDACTED, will you go with me to PROM?’
And the entire staff loses their collective sh*t. Weeks of constant pestering, endless phone calls, and the most stressful proposal deal we’ve ever put together. For a f*cking PROMposal.
She said no.” @simonjester523
TLDR: Worst. Promposal. Ever.
“We have a room themed like a teen girls bedroom in the ’80s; it has a phone in it, and players can use it. A group of young girls had no idea what it was or how it worked (having grown up with cell phones only), so their gamemaster had to explain it to them. Best part was it was her personal friends and she was super embarrassed for them.” @Gamedeals
Kids these days. Wonder what they’d do with a floppy disk?
“At our establishment we have a room called ‘Jailbreak’ with a fake door towards the very end (it’s covered with plywood). This girl takes one look at it and says ‘jail…break….’ and charges the door full force and breaks through.” @NOTYARYP
We give her props for brute force.
“Just started working at escape the room and we have rules about not jumping out the windows and not sticking keys into wall sockets because it has all happened before.” @Blueaznx3
Enter an escape room and all common sense goes out the window!