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Some say the ghost of a little boy appears in the Payless breakroom. So his story goes, he badly wanted a pair of shoes but his mother said no. Upset, he ran out of the store and was struck by a car and died.

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300 S Highland Springs Ave
Banning, CA 92220
United States

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33.922971, -116.945558
Riverside County, California
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  1. When I walked in to payless with my mom and brother we went to get shoes for my brother. I felt a creepy vibe but nothing happened. If this place is truely haunted then there would be a lot of activity not just a creepy vibe.

    • I felt the energy of a spirit good spirit in the back of the store. Very cold area of spirit in my presence. I had read about this place and went in asking if the boy was there. I put a pair of boy shoes on the floor. They never moved but it brought him there.

  2. Okay so I actually worked here split shifts and coverage. The backroom where we took our breaks was just too creepy… I was doing price changes one evening and my coworker had to run the deposit to the bank I never heard her leave … I was on the ladder marking our top stock back of the store kids section so I can clearly see the backroom door which was open.. I never heard the door sensor go off but I saw who I thought was my coworker rush to back so I hopped off the ladder to make sure it was her who ran to the backroom when I got to the backroom no one was in there and immediately ran out to the front of the store … mind you no customers were there and my coworker had finally made it back within maybe 15 minutes… I was scared. Necklaces on the fixtures would swing. The bags would fall. The safe would be reset on its own. We’d hear boxes being tampered with in the isles sometimes shoes out of the box… needless to say I wasn’t covering shifts that’s long…

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