The mystery surrounding the Clayton State University campus took another turn last week, when security cameras in The Loch Shop caught a partial image on someone or something trying on a Clayton State sweatshirt after the Student Center-based store’s regular business hours.
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith, who has examined the video footage, thinks what the cameras caught following the first day of classes (on the night of Monday, Jan. 9) may be related to the recent reports of an unusual visitor on campus. Here’s his story…
“At the end of a very long first day of classes, The Loch Shop was admittedly a wreck, especially the apparel department, which all day had been full of shoppers purchasing the latest in Laker gear. My staff and I were all so tired that we decided to leave the mess overnight and tidy up before opening the next morning.
“When we arrived, the store had been completely reset and was merchandised as fine as I’ve ever seen it. I figured maybe Darius Davis had decided to work through the night, but he, and no one else on the staff, could take credit for this transformation.
“There was also one missing sweatshirt, which might not have been noticed, except for the fact that, taped to the front of the door, I found an envelope with the hangtags from a sweatshirt and payment in cash. Inside, there was also a note which read, `I love the new Me Shop.’”
Naturally, this strange turn of events piqued Smith’s curiosity, so he went straight to the security camera footage. However, the clearest shot from the cameras didn’t show much.
“It was like he, or she, or it, just wasn’t ready to be seen,” Smith concludes.
Nonetheless, this marks the third consecutive week of a report of a mystery visitor on campus. Following the previous two reports of a new Loch in Swan Lake and in the showers of the Student Activities Center, it certainly can be speculated that, after cleaning up, Loch needed something to wear around campus, and naturally found his/her/its way to The Loch Shop.
Investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further information. Speculation has it that the new Loch may be waiting for Clayton State’s Homecoming (Feb. 18) to make an official appearance.
As for Smith’s opinion on the mystery, “while I have no way of truly knowing if this can be tied to the other sightings around campus, my gut feeling is that they have to be related,” says Smith. “I will leave the theories of what this may be to those better qualified, like Chris Kodani. All I know is the Loch Shop seems to have a new supporter.”