"I still can't tell you what I saw. There was a fuzzy thing on there. I don't know if it was a fly leg, I don't know if it was something that, you know, could be related to ghosts. I really couldn't tell you," Heim, an admitted non-believer in ghosts, said. "(Orr) asked me if we investigated stuff like that, and I basically told him that he probably should call Ghostbusters."
So that's what Orr did. A few days after the shadowy-figure video incident, Orr called a ghost hunting team from Iowa City. As of Wednesday afternoon, he had not yet heard back from them with any results.
Is it phantom or fiction? Orr said his employees have occasionally reported strange activity in the past three years, that this was just the first of it caught on camera.
Besides, there's a whole other piece of possible evidence.
In a second video, dated April 19 at 9:49 a.m., a stack of cups flies (or falls) off a kitchen shelf, hitting an employee, who is preparing food below. Clearly rattled, the employee backs up and turns to walk out of the kitchen.
Wednesday afternoon, Tom Oberbroeckling and his wife, from Anamosa, were eating lunch at the Maid-Rite in Cascade.
When told the restaurant he was eating in might be haunted, Oberbroeckling said he was, "very surprised, considering this is a new building."
The Maid-Rite has been in Cascade for just over three years. Before then, it was an empty lot.
"I've been here in town about eight years," Heim said, "but they said there's been quite a few different things that have actually been on that lot over there. Groceries stores, and there's been some other things in the area, such as funeral homes and the old ambulance garage, so who knows!"
Is it a poltergeist? A prank? A publicity ploy?
"You can believe what you want, whether it's a bug, a shadow," Orr said. "I don't know what's going on down here, but it's kind of funny."
Customers can enter, if they dare, and have a ghostly gander.
For the faint of heart, there's always the drive-thru.
My view: The `pulsating creature` is nothing more than a bug close to the lens. With regard to the poltergeist activity, I am concerned that the incident occurred to the extreme right of the camera. The opportunity to stand off camera to push these cups is too obvious, but without further information, I am unable to add further to this observation. Real or fake, you decide!