These Bakeries Could Make Some Spooky Fortune Cookies

05.17.2010 · Posted in Ghosts, Hauntings


Two bakeries on different continents share a similar yet strange notoriety: they both may be haunted by Chinese ghosts.

Maurice Piner, baker at Phil’s Bakery in Greymouth, New Zealand, has heard strange voices and bumps and has seen shadows moving around his bakery with no explanation. A local tour guide did some research and found that a Chinese miner, Ah Shing, hanged himself in the building on October 17, 1891, when the building was a rooming house.

Oddly enough, this is not the only bakery allegedly haunted by the ghost of a long-dead Chinese man.

The Red Garter Bed & Bakery in Williams, Arizona, is also host to ghostly activity that could be caused by spirits of former Chinese railroad workers who lived there and ran a chophouse and opium den. Police made frequent visits to the building after reports of murders, but they never found anything. The building has also been used as a saloon, a brother, and a rooming house.

The Red Garter’s current tenants report mysterious footsteps, doors slamming on their own, peculiar noises, shaking beds, and sensations of being touched. It isn’t clear whether some of the spirits encountered are of the building’s former Chinese occupants, but there is a good chance of it, given the building’s history.

Why neither bakery is capitalizing on these rumors and phenomena and making fortune cookies with fortunes allegedly communicated from “the beyond” is perhaps the most mysterious thing about these hauntings.

– Julie


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