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Old 01-03-2019, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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My family and I drove down to Texas for the holidays and of course stopped by a Whataburger on the way out of Texas. Wife went to use the restroom, it's a double stall and she said nobody was in the other stall. She said she saw a lady at a sink. Never hears the door open and close, so she doesn't know if the lady left Lights turn on and off, not flicker like a signal of a potential power outage or surge, but on and off. She got out of the bathroom and nobody was there. she never heard the lady leave.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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The restroom probably had motion activated light switches, and turned off after a set limit of no motion.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:04 AM
 
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The restroom probably had motion activated light switches, and turned off after a set limit of no motion.
It's not uncommon for people sitting in a bathroom stall to find themselves in complete darkness because of motion sensors.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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It's not uncommon for people sitting in a bathroom stall to find themselves in complete darkness because of motion sensors.
Besides motion sensors there are many other explanations from a loose or bad bulb, faulty wiring, or even temporary loss of power (of course the OP would probably have noticed if the station went dark).

As far as not hearing a woman leave: Tile floors and soft shoes could do that. Also, if the bathroom had the spigots that turn themselves off, one might hear water running when the person actually left.

It's hard to analyze something like this without seeing the location. I would not be quick to think it points to the paranormal.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:39 AM
 
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Besides motion sensors there are many other explanations from a loose or bad bulb, faulty wiring, or even temporary loss of power (of course the OP would probably have noticed if the station went dark).

As far as not hearing a woman leave: Tile floors and soft shoes could do that. Also, if the bathroom had the spigots that turn themselves off, one might hear water running when the person actually left.

It's hard to analyze something like this without seeing the location. I would not be quick to think it points to the paranormal.
That pretty much describes the bathrooms where I work. The water faucets turn themselves off and there are motion sensors that turn off the lights. If you're in a bathroom stall, you really have no idea what's going on.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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That pretty much describes the bathrooms where I work. The water faucets turn themselves off and there are motion sensors that turn off the lights. If you're in a bathroom stall, you really have no idea what's going on.
That isn't even mentioning the hand driers which could easily mask the sound of footsteps or a door closing. Not everybody waits until they turn off.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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That isn't even mentioning the hand driers which could easily mask the sound of footsteps or a door closing. Not everybody waits until they turn off.
And some of those things must be at about the 150 dB level. MacDonald's seem to be particularly loud.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Besides motion sensors there are many other explanations from a loose or bad bulb, faulty wiring, or even temporary loss of power (of course the OP would probably have noticed if the station went dark).

As far as not hearing a woman leave: Tile floors and soft shoes could do that. Also, if the bathroom had the spigots that turn themselves off, one might hear water running when the person actually left.

It's hard to analyze something like this without seeing the location. I would not be quick to think it points to the paranormal.
The lights definitely stayed on in the rest of the store. AS for motion sensor lights, if you saw this place, you would definitely disagree. Old building. But yea, maybe that could mean faulty wiring?
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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The lights definitely stayed on in the rest of the store. AS for motion sensor lights, if you saw this place, you would definitely disagree. Old building. But yea, maybe that could mean faulty wiring?
Or a loose or failing light bulb? I wasn't there; so anything is possible. Only your wife really knows exactly what she saw.

My wife had an experience in the restroom of our hunting camp. She was finishing up when she thought she saw something black move under the seat between the bowl. So she lifted up the seat to see two bats drop into the flushing toilet. I think that she had an outer-body experience because I could hear her while standing outside the building! Some women don't like to share! The bats weren't happy either!
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:38 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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There have been several times when I’ve been in the bathroom at work and the toilet in one of the stalls will flush even though nobody is in there. They are motion activated but I don’t know what triggers it. Nobody else is in the bathroom but me and I’m never within a possible range of the motion sensors. Ghostly business?
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