Sunday, October 16, 2016

Don't 'Bring On The Clowns' This Halloween If You Don't Want To Be Arrested

"Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want...
Sorry, my dear!
And where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here."
- Send In The Clowns

Good Day World!

It's not a real good idea to bring on the clowns this year.

With Halloween looming around the corner there's creepy clowns in the news for stalking people from coast-to-coast.

There's even a Definitive Map of America's Creepy Clown Epidemic. 

The new menace is called clowning.

Clowning has put real, make-em-laugh clowns and their defenders in a very bad place.

Here's some examples of clowns recently arrested or accused of having made threats:

  • Indian Trail, N.C., where Union County sheriff's deputies said Monday that they'd arrested a man in clown makeup who was trespassing on a store's property while carrying a hatchet.
  • Crookston, Minn., where police said Monday that a 15-year-old boy dressed up as a clown was arrested over the weekend, allegedly while carrying a large butcher knife.
  • Spartanburg, S.C., where Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies said they're investigating a (poorly spelled) threat posted Monday on social media that aclown will attack two high schools on "holloween."
  • Albuquerque, N.M., where police said Monday that three juveniles wearing clown masks were issued a citation Sunday for brandishing an air gun near a Babies "R" Us store.
  •  (Source for above summaries)
You know what else is weird about this menacing clown phenomenon? It's even going on in the UK. Check this out.

The creepy clown movement didn't just spring up overnight however. According to a Rasmussen poll in 2014, 43 percent of American's "don't like" clowns. 

More recently, the annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears found that clowns were a cause of significant anxiety for 6.8 percent of Americans in 2015.

My advise to parents is simple, don't dress your kid up as a clown. To teenagers and older Halloween revelers, I especially want to warn you not to go anywhere as a clown this year.

It's not even safe for Ronald McDonald right now! 

You could get arrested, or even worse...someone might think you're Donald Trump!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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