Is someone, or something, haunting the Green Beetle in downtown Memphis?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – On South Main street in downtown Memphis sits the oldest tavern in the city.      

Frank Liberto opened the Green Beetle in 1939. Decades later, customers often chuckle about the urban legend of the people who haunt the place.

Ian Burnett is the bartender at the Green Beetle.

“I don’t know what it could be, but there is something that can move things without humans touching it in this building,” said Burnett.

He explains to Local 24 News reporter Cailtin McCarthy, he has noticed a number of odd things including flickering lights and strange noises. But it was when things started flying across the bar that gave him a chill.

“If anybody comes, tell them to stop it. We’re going through a lot of wine glasses because whatever hangs out here likes to throw them off my wine rack behind the bar,” said Burnett.

And he says they don’t just drop to the floor. They actually shoot off the wine rack and shatter.

Burnett explains, “It happens when there are customers here, it happens during the day, it happens at night, it happens all the time.”

Burnett also described an incident with a caulking gun.

“We had a fellow in here one night and he was repairing a spot on the floor. And he had four caulking guns with different construction adhesives, and they were all sitting on the bar stools.”

Burnett describes what happened that night after close.

“The bar was empty and I’m counting down the drawer. It’s dead silent in here and I hear ‘thump, thump, thump, thump.’  And I thought to myself that ghost just picked up a stool and dropped it.”  

Burnett explains a little later that evening when he pulled out the bar stools to sweep, one of the caulking guns was no longer on the stool. It was sitting on a chair in the middle of the restaurant more than 20 feet away.

Burnett wonders if “spirts” are to blame.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a skeptic in this world but I don’t know if I’m a full believer.”

To find out if the urban legends are true, the Memphis Ghost Investigation and Spirit Rescue team headed to the Green Beetle. After the tavern closed at midnight, they got to work to see if they could find who, or what, is going bump in the night.

You’ll have to join Caitlin Mccarthy Halloween night on Local 24 News at 10PM as she joins the spirit investigators to find out what is going on at the Green Beetle.

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