This is a TNB Public Service Announcement:
If you go to a haunted house for some thrills and chills this Halloween season, don’t stab your friends. This is something we shouldn’t have to tell you, but apparently we do.
On October 5, 29 year old Tawnya Greenfield, James Yochim, and friends were waiting in line outside the Nashville Nightmare haunted house, when she was approached by what she believed to be an employee. Asked if the gentleman she was with was bothering her, she believed the question to be part of an “act”, having observed other patrons being chased with chainsaws and various weapons, and answered “yes”. The employee, who was in character, handed her a knife she believed to be fake and said, “well, go ahead and stab him,” ABC News reports.
Tawnya told police that she then saw a hole in Yochim’s shirt and blood squirting from his arm. James told Nashville’s Channel 3, “so she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black.”
Yochim ended up needing nine stiches.
The employee reportedly panicked, telling the pair he didn’t know the knife was sharp. The employee has been placed on leave and the police are investigating.
Nashville Nightmare is understandably defending it’s reputation, which it says is good, and is investigating the incident.
“As we have continued to review the information, we believe that an employee was involved in some way, and he has been placed on leave until we can determine his involvement,” the company told ABC News in a statement. “We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern.”ABC News
The moral of the story here, other than simply to avoid haunted houses at all costs, is don’t stab your friends, even when you think the knife is fake. Of course, the real blame is reserved for the person who switched out a fake knife for a real one.
But that is a TNB Public Service Announcement all of its own.
Two questions for TNB Night Owl crowd tonight:
What is your scariest haunted house experience?
Do you think the employee knew the knife was real? Share your theories and solve the crime in the comments.