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Alleged CCTV footage of flying teabags.


Video footage of mysterious floating boxes of tea at a tea shop in England has gone viral, thanks to an article which appeared in the UK's Daily Mail.

According to the Daily Mail, closed circuit cameras have captured boxes of teabags floating down the aisles of the corner shop in Whitstable.  The shop, which sells a variety of natural products, is owned and operated by Michelle Newbold.  Ms. Newbold states:

"I was perplexed I suppose.  I just couldn't believe it.  I have no idea how it happened.  It is just a complete mystery." 

Paranormal activity, or mere publicity stunt?

It doesn't take a paranormal investigator with thousands of dollars of fancy equipment to see that this appears to be nothing more than a hoax.  For starters, the video footage (which appears on YouTube as well as on the Daily Mail website), does not appear to have been captured on a CCTV camera at all, but a cellphone.  Nearly all CCTV camera are mounted in place, yet in the early seconds of the tea shop footage, you can clearly see the "wobbling" of the camera, thus indicating that the camera is being held in someone's hand.  Additionally, virtually all CCTV cameras have timestamps.  After all, the purpose of these cameras is to capture thieves and criminals.

This is what CCTV camera footage is supposed to look like.


Also, if you listen to the audio, you'll hear a man make this statement, a split second before the box of tea mysteriously levitates from the shelf:

"Check it out.  This guy here... watch behind his head.  Keep watching."

"What?" asks a female employee.  The male employee directs her attention to the exact spot where the box of tea then appears to levitate and fall to the floor.

If this video is authentic, it is perhaps the first time a "ghost" has been coerced to perform on cue, like a trained golden retriever.

(view the video footage here)




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