Redditors Share Weirdest Things They Have Seen People Do In Escape Rooms
If having fun is always on your to-do list, like it is on ours, we bet you would have some crazy escape room stories to tell! After all, how can being locked in a themed room with your friends or family, (and even strangers! Yeah, why not!!) for a stipulated amount of time and having clues to find in order to get out of the room, not be fun. Although, we do agree some of these themed rooms can quite easily scare the hell out of you!! Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about one of those ‘horror’ themed escape rooms.
By the way, many-a-times, game-masters and escape room employees get to witness groups go crazy in these rooms. From drunk guys destroying props to teenage couples making out, those guys have probably seen it all. We bring to you a few of such crazy stories shared by 32 Redditors.
Curious Kid, Ignorant Parents
“The most depressing thing I saw was a tired looking couple who brought in their bespectacled, NASA shirt wearing, 8 year old geek of a son in to have some fun. The parents couldn’t have been more discouraging to him. He was excitedly bouncing around the room pointing out things that he thought were clues while the parents dismissed every idea he had and told him to stop getting so excited. The parents took charge and proceeded to ignore the obvious clues he was pointing out and spent most of the time pursuing the dead ends. Sad part is his instincts were more often than not correct but his parents just didn’t listen and refused to let him explore and try stuff out.
Hopefully his curiosity and enthusiasm survived.” (Saucy_Wrench)
From The Pandora’s Archives
“2 best stories from www.pandoraslocks.ca (there are more but these are the best).
1.We have a room themed like a teen girl’s bedroom in the 80’s, it has a phone in it, players can use it. A group of young girls had no idea what it was or how it worked (having grown up with cellphones only), so their gamemaster had to explain it to them, best part it was her personal friends and she was super embarrassed for them.
2.Same room, gamemaster saw someone with a lighter on camera, immediately interrupted the room and casually asked why they were using a lighter that they shouldn’t have brought in with them. They replied that they were lighting their farts on fire. She suggested that, while hilarious, this might not be the best place for that.” (Gamedeals)
Cops tackle Fake Spy
“Escape room employee here. In one of our rooms, we have an actor pose as a spy, and the people in the room had to solve a case to figure out who the traitor was. After they finished the puzzles, it turns out the traitor was actually the spy the actor was playing. The spy then pulls an obviously prop gun (orange tip and what not), and the group has to diffuse a fake bomb. One of the groups that did this room was a police squad that was doing this to bond. When the actor pulled the fake gun and said some cheesy lines, the actor was promptly tackled and restrained until the cops realized it was all a game.” (IntenseItalian)
Unruly Group Thrown Out
“People have tried to climb through the ceiling tiles on multiple occasions. We now have to mention in the pre-game spiel that it’s not necessary to climb through the ceiling tiles. My job often reminds me of this scene in the office. People laugh at the things we mention, but anything we mention that you don’t have to do has probably been attempted before.
One of my coworkers said that a group started getting really destructive in the room, to the point where they literally threw the computer on the floor to see if something was hidden inside (there wasn’t anything hidden inside, they need to use a special magnifying glass to read the monitor). We abruptly removed them from the room after that. They actually ended up coming back another day and were extremely well behaved. I guess they learned their lesson.” (RayRay223)
The Moody Ambiance Room
“I own an escape room and I once guided couple into one of our moody ambiance room and they told me “we would totally base a sex dungeon off this vibe. See, you even have a desk in here to get started.
Also you see people’s true parenting skills. My favorite quote is from a lovely family that went into a room and 5 minutes in the father gathered his overeager children and told them “you’re being idiots”.
We’re in a huge tech area and we get a lot of corporate groups with some very important people. A week ago we had a Fortune 500 CEO through and he walked up to my staff and started bragging about his 50,000 Instagram followers, basically trying to impress college kids. We definitely giggled about that one especially when we looked him up and he had like 300 followers. But hey, he killed it in the room.” (lovelleigh)
Elderly Gentleman Scares Young Couple
“Escape room employee here, we have a game that has wooden floors and guests regularly try to pull up the nailed down floorboard with a hammer that’s in the room, thinking they’ll find clues.
Also one time I asked a group if they had ever played an escape game before, and an elderly gentleman responded “one time my wife tied me up and gagged me. Does that count?” his friends thought it was hilarious, but a high school couple that was obviously on a first date they were paired up with did not find it as funny.
EDIT: I just remembered another common thing people do. Sometimes halfway through a game, someone that wasn’t paying attention will walk up to the entrance, realized it’s unlocked, and tell the rest of the group they solved it. Then group thing sets in and everyone just stands in the hallway as their time runs out.” (breathe_intheair)
One Based On A Bank Heist
“Former escape room employee here.
I worked the room that was based on an old western bank heist. The room was separated into two sections like a normal bank is, the customer area (where you normally go when you enter the bank) & the banker area (where you go when you are a bank employee). Wellll….. the two areas are separated by a wall type fence thus resulting in about a foot of empty space between the end of the fence and the ceiling. You can probably tell where this is going.
This group was stumped on how to solve the code on the door leading in to the banker area so one goes, “Can’t we just climb the wall?” I immediately sprang into action and frantically dinged them over and over (There is a TV where you receive clues and when you hear the ding that means there is a new clue)… unfortunately this was a group pf two different bookings so one group read the message but was too timid or didn’t care to relay the “DO NOT CLIMB” message I was spamming them with. In about a second a man climbed the wall and got into the second part.
I ended up having to open the door, go in and let him out. I think they all saw I was steaming because they apologized after. I told them I am just glad no one got hurt because that could have been reaaaaaaaaaaaally bad.” (smorma)
People Ignore Instructions
“For some reason people like to put flashlight that one of our rooms has in their mouth when they know they aren’t the only ones who have used them. Some people put them between their legs, in the crack of their bottom as a joke, and not to mention just roll around the ground a majority of the time.
Besides that I’ve seen relationships almost fall apart. One couple insisted on going into our most challenging room just the two of them, and we let them know this was probably not going to be a good idea or enjoyable for them, but they didn’t really care. You could tell the guy wanted to impress the girl, but both of them were dumber than rocks. I had to sit for an entire hour watching them get literally no where through the first puzzle arguing with each other and then sitting in moments of awkward silence. I offered to give them help and said I would just tell them if they wanted at this point, but they refused.
Also people love to not listen to our disclosure we have to give before we send groups into rooms and kick in our air vents and break through our drywall and ceilings when we specifically say not to and put tape that says NOT A PART OF THE GAME in bright yellow colors.” (WildyMegaWolf)
Battle Of Waterloo Was The Clue
“Went to an Escape the Room with some friends on Friday. My one friend took his shirt off 4 times. The crazier thing that happened though was how we solved it. We were supposed to get the word Waterloo from a series of clues and use a dictionary to find that the battle of Waterloo was in 1815. Use that 4 digit number to get the key that let of out of the room. Well we got the word ‘eaterloi’ instead of Waterloo. We assumed that it was an anagram and we used a word scrambler to get the word aerolite from it. Using the dictionary we found that aerolite was invented in 1815. Well we got the key and we confidently told the employee how we figured it out. He was dumbfounded. I’m not exactly sure what the odds of solving the room like this is, but if someone could solve that for us that’d be dank. My friends and I have been trying to figure it out since it happened.” (hawkeytown30)
Where He Drank Dirty Fountain Water
“Finally, my time to shine!
We had a group that was evidently high. They weren’t disruptive or anything, so we just briefed them, and took them to their room. So far so good.
We have cameras and microphones inside the rooms, that way we know what hints to give out, another important thing is that the room they were at had a small fountain, and since the particular aesthetic of this room was dusty, the water was filthy. I’m talking murky, brown-yellow, mud-water.
At one point one of the guys says he is thirsty, and proceeds to stick his mouth onto the fountain’s stream and take a hefty gulp of the water. We spend a second of shock/guffaw, and tell them drinking that water isn’t part of the puzzle. The guy reads the hint and just says “that’s alright”. He proceeded to do the same thing four times and drank the whole fountain (small fountain, but still like a gallon of mud-water).
We’ve had more inconvenient things happen, but that still remains as the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” (SartresChill)
Personality Factors Into Teamwork
“I worked at a room escape place for a year in grad school. I learned very quickly to give thorough warnings at the start of each show that breaking things, assaulting actors (this was trapped in a room with a zombie), and sexual harassment were not cool. (Yes, literally had guys harass THE ZOMBIE mid show).
Perhaps the most interesting phenomenon I noticed was just how much personality factors into the teamwork involved. I’ve seen a lot of shy people or people otherwise lacking in confidence be completely on the right track, only to be steamrolled by the loudest, more confident, strongest personalities in the room. Maybe it shouldn’t have come as so much of a surprise, but I watched perfectly smart, reasonable people actively ignore good points, logic, and strong evidence in service of a cult of personality of charismatic players. The whole thing felt like a depressing study on group dynamics.
Edit: changed “hit on” to “harass” for greater accuracy.” (probablyasociopath)
Family In Prison Style Escape Room
“One situation quickly came to mind when I read this. In our prison style escape room we have a laser maze that players need to crawl/climb through to deactivate and move forward. Two players are required to finish (or so I thought) the laser maze because there are three buttons to be pressed, where the third button is out of reach from the other two.
A family came in to play our game with a younger boy, a very fit (relevant) girl in her twenties, their parents, and their grandfather who had some disability that required him to use those crutches that wrap around your forearms. So they play through and get to the laser maze. The girl got through fairly easily, but they needed to move fast sine the timer was running. The young boy had a great idea, “Here! Use grandpa’s crutch!” at which point he takes the crutch straight from grandpa and slides it past all the lasers to his sister at the other end. I was fascinated at this point but even with the crutch it was a long stretch to hit them all. The girl took a second to find the right spot on the floor, planted her foot there, went into a perfect perpendicular stretch with one foot on the ground, one foot on the far button, one hand on the middle button, and finally reaching the last button with the crutch.
That family came out of the room so proud and she boasted to the family about her daily yoga, almost convincing me to sign up for yoga because it was so impressive. That was one of the most creative and weirdest successful solutions to a puzzle I’ve seen in my years working there.” (Emjov)
Drunk Guy Messes It Up For Everybody
“Like most rooms, we have cameras all throughout the game so we can keep an eye on players, give hints based on what puzzle they’re on, and watch out for any shenanigans.
So ours is a prison themed escape, at one point there are 3 cells that need to be opened in order (one of them has a live actor in it that messes with you the entire time, even after you rescue him). Anyway, each cell is pretty much the same, with a toilet, shelf, and a few other items.
One guy was pretty drunk and repeatedly put bones and other crap in his pants to get a laugh out of his teammates, but they stopped paying attention to him while trying to actually make their escape. He must’ve gotten bored being so drunk and not caring about the escape room, he leaves the main group and heads back to the prison cell area. I’m watching on the cameras and see he is not with the rest of the group, so I start clicking around trying to find him. Sure enough, he’s in a jail cell hovering over a toilet, taking a piss. There’s no plumbing, they’re definitely just props.
We shut their game down on the spot, his group was not happy with him at all. After they left I had the pleasure of soaking the piss with a mop little by little, and it was after that night we added the “anyone visibly intoxicated will not be allowed to participate” rule.” (LowTower)
Escape Room Proposal Story
“Started working in an escape room around 3 months ago. This is not really a weird thing, but more a cute one. One day a dude called and told us he was proposing to his girlfriend and that they were both huge fans of escape rooms. So my boss and I came up with a cool idea how we could change our escape room to make it more romantic and that at the end of the escape they wouldn’t find the key of the room but the ring and a bottle of champagne. We also told the dude the solutions of some of the puzzles to make sure they would actually come to the end of the room.
It was the cutest thing I have ever seen. The way these two worked together in the room and how excited the dude was. When they found the ring and the champagne at the end and he asked to marry her, they were both in tears (So were my boss and I). She said yes! After that they stayed with us for a bit before heading their own way. It is still one of my favorite evenings and one of the reasons I love my newfound job so much.” (ShatteredScorn)
Couple Gives Up, Sits Down To Talk Instead
“Actual escape room employee here! The weirdest thing I saw a young couple, in our hardest room (they asked for our hardest), who when they couldn’t solve our puzzles took off their shoes and juts sat down and talked. When I would send them hints (to get them to start playing again), the lady would call me a commie. It was weird.
For example: the lady would pick up a red clue paper that goes with a pyramid puzzle. They would stare at it, then put it to the side. I type in a hint “the red papers go with the pyramid!” She looks up the screen. “we were getting to that, commie!”
I’m not a communist, and the room isn’t communist themed in the slightest.” (hussain300)
Broken Cuffs Lead To Paused Game
“Obligatory not an employee, but I’m sure my friend group looked pretty weird to them. We did the one where you get stuck in handcuffs and have to unlock them, but we couldn’t get the key to work on one of my friends. We assumed that there was another key to get the last person, for some reason, and left her attached to the wall for like twenty minutes.
Turns out her cuffs were broken and we had to pause the game so the employees could come get her out with bolt cutters.
They were shocked that we’d just left her there but we thought it was part of it!” (lilsebastian17)
Maker And Breaker Of Relations
“Actual escape room employee here.
One couple couldn’t agree on how to solve the puzzles and broke up inside the room.
Another couple had the guy surprise the girl with a proposal.
Another couple got a horror-themed escape room and just sat on the floor and cuddled. They didn’t look scared. They didn’t bother to solve anything either. They just cuddled with all the creepy props and sound effects surrounding them. I guess they couldn’t find a creepy motel to cuddle in…?” (GloriousTuna)
Strange Escape Room Encounters
“Escape room employee here! Actually answering this while I’m watching a room. Here are a few of my strangest encounters.
-Sex has not happened but people have gotten very close.
-Had a guy hide under the camera and use a pocket knife to cut the hinges of a box because they couldn’t figure out the lock.
-Had a team escape purely because the toddler was mashing buttons on the escape keypad for 20 minutes straight.
-More than once people fall asleep in the rooms.
If anyone had any more questions I’ll try to answer them.
-A team failed to escape a room because no one knew how to spell “balloon” and were too embarrassed to ask for help.” (MrOddBawl)
Space Themed Escape Room
“I went to a space themed escape room and there was a space suit and I put it on. It didn’t help us solve anything. When we finished I asked “do people normally put the suit on?” The guy said “it’s not against the rules but you’re the first person to do it”.
Edit: this was in Texas. It wasn’t the opening but it was relatively new, they only had two rooms at the time. The place is called XCape. It was a team building exercise for a school thing we were doing. We finished with 5 min left of 45 to complete the puzzle. I’d recommend looking them up.” (DMAtherton)
Proposal Gone Wrong
“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 but 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. 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 it. Weeks of constant pestering, endless phone calls, and the most stressful proposal deal we’ve ever put together. For a stupid PROMposal.
She said no.” (simonjester523)
Mean Boy In The House
“Escape Room Employee here, I’ve had 150 groups in my room and the weirdest are the ones where people solve the main puzzle and just don’t leave the room. They have found the key or device they need to leave and just wander around clueless.
Oh Jesus, how can I forget this one: a little 12 year kid came up to me before the room and asked: “Are you in the room with us?” I replied: “No but I’ll be in the control room” to which he replied: “Okay, good, so we can torture you when you don’t give us any good hints”
When they were in the room he proceeded to say: “Give us some good hints you rotten child”.
Another one: Some guy was convinced something was hidden under a chair that was screwed to the floor, he started kicking it. Had to stop the game and go into the room to tell him he should stop doing that.
One time a guy brought his own flashlight, had to tell him that is against the rules of the game. One time a guy ripped the green laser out of it’s very secured spot in the room, had to stop the game and tell him to put it back.
Had a girl freak out because of the music and got her out ASAP.
Yeah you really get a taste of all layers of society inside these rooms. I have way more stories.”([deleted])
Crazy Banana Incident
“We used to have a giant banana as a mascot and once we had a group of kids that were intoxicated and the one of the guys in the room started crying so we decided to let him hold it. So the guy cuddled with it on the ground and fell asleep about 10 minutes into the game. Had the time of his life.” (Bluewhite618)
Bible Study Meet Clue
“One time I did an escape room with some people from work. The final clue was “what time does Bible Study meet?” and a 4 digit combo lock. After we couldn’t find any useful clues I just went over to the lock and put in any 0600, 0615, etc. It opened at 0700. Apparently we were supposed to look out the window to where the church across the street had their schedule printed on a big sign. According to the attendant nobody had ever tried that before.” (TransistorRevolt)
Fun At Mob Themed Room
“Not an employee, but participated in an escape room in which a key was stuck to a filing cabinet by one of those weird little metal puzzles. The key was to open a drawer in a desk on the opposite side of the room.
No one could get the metal puzzle undone, so the guys just picked up the filing cabinet and carried it over to the desk. It was a mob themed room so we received a phone call warning about rearranging the furniture that was hilariously in character.
We escaped the room.” (SwiftLeafNinja)
Where Jars Were Cemented To The Shelf
“We did an escape room one time where there were these jars with severed limbs in them. When we got out we commented to the guy running it that we found it interesting that the jars were cement glued shut, cement glued to the shelf, and the shelf screwed to the wall. Seemed like over kill to us. Well apparently the reason they do this was because another group had managed to pried the jars away from the shelf and open the jars. This is about when they realized, watching the cameras, that something was going on. So they rush in to see what’s up and he hears. “Guys! We have to drink the water!!” The nasty part was the water was out of the local river a few blocks away, just to get that dirty murky look.” (NULL_pntr)
One From Breakout Games
“Breakout games employee here, two of our rooms start you out blind folded and hand-cuffed. You’d be surprised how many older black ladies make jokes about being turned on by it as I’m putting them in handcuffs.
I’ve also seen a group of kids one time who couldn’t figure out how to open a door in the room, so this kid winds up and kick it open which busts the frame.
One woman tried sticking her car keys into an outlet because she thought that would tell her something.
The funniest moment was when I had a group of 8 police officers who were seriously jacked, like veins popping out of their eyebrows muscular. The room that they played had a startling event and when they triggered it every single one of those guys jumped up and screamed like little girls. It was hilarious.
I’ve had a drunk woman threaten to kick me in the nuts if they didn’t break out, which they didn’t. She didn’t end up following through though. Thank God.
Oh man there was one time that I had been there for 10 hours and a group was playing a room with a locked door as the main focus of the first half, and I kind of stopped watching the screen for minutes only to look back and see that they had used a handcuff key to remove the door hinges and took it off the frame. I couldn’t really do anything at that point so I just kind of had to let them continue.” (DontYouDareGoHollow)
Without The Instruction Manual
“My SO had a friend who went to an escape room and the employees forgot to brief the important rule to them, “If it’s screwed, nailed, or glued together, don’t take it apart. If it doesn’t come loose with little effort, it’s not a clue.”
Well they walk in, the door shuts behind them, and immediately the friend curb stomps a chair into pieces because “he thought a clue would be hidden inside it” somehow.
That’s not how escape rooms work and now you owe them a new flimsy chair.” (Finally_Smiled)
The Flag Pole Incident
“In our room, there is a flag pole that’s purely decorative, it has nothing to do with a puzzle. This guy was 100% certain it was a clue, and had been messing with it for the entire game.
He eventually had the whole thing taken apart, and was holding the pole of the flag. The room he was playing is horror themed, and the rest of his team solved something which caused a scare.
He lost it.
He freaked out, crouched, turned around, and threw the flag pole like a javelin at the wall, which shattered a picture frame. Needless to say, they didn’t finish their game.” (TaylorActorForHire)
Drunk Lady, Teenage Couples
“I’m an escape room employee, lady last week was so drunk she started screaming at other customers and she ran in to other people’s room, basically a total freak show.
Another thing that happened, we had to teenage couples come in and one couple was totally into doing a room while the other couple was just intent on making out the whole time, when they came out of the room they wanted to do another one but the make out couple didn’t, so they just sat in the lobby in front of everyone making out for forty five minutes.” (Knight1515)
One From Austin Panic Room
“Used to work at Austin Panic Room. One guy proposed to his girlfriend in a room. I was assigned for that shift so he came in the day before and talked to me about what he was planning on doing, and how he wanted it to go.
Normally we’d only be allowed to give so many hints throughout the process but the day-of, since it was just the two of them instead of 10 people in their room, I just walked them through it when they would run into any particularly hard puzzles. I had changed the combination to the last lock on the door to be that day’s date, and when it was time for them to escape I gave her the hint, and she started unlocking the door, and he backed up, got on one knee, and was ready for her as soon as she turned around.
On our work-computer we had access to the cameras, so I saw the whole thing happen. Took a bunch of screenshots and emailed it to them. Got tipped $80. It was a good day.” (AshNazg)
Guy With Screwdriver
“Had a guy take a screwdriver into the room and begin to unscrew all the locks without telling the rest of his group. He would then take the clue out of the locked drawer/box/cupboard and then hide it in his back pocket.
Then, when the rest of his group actually unlocked the drawer/box/cupboard they would find nothing in there and be really confused. Screwdriver guy would then laugh at them and tell them he did it earlier.
He did this multiple times.” (escaperoomsextee)
One From The Escapees
“This is coming from one of the escapees.
My friends and I decided to go to one of these Halloween night. We didn’t have enough people so we were paired up with 2 random people for a total of about 12 of us.
We decided to dress up, and my friend Shane and I wore his girlfriend’s clothes and dressed up as slutty cats. My bottom looked great by the way.
The 2 people we were paired up with, a mother and her 11 year old child. He kept telling me my shorts were too short while his mom was embarrassed.
She also grounded her son while we were in there because h kept plucking our tails and giggling.
The employees were laughing after the hour was up when we left.”