A man dressed as a clown tried to lure a nine-year-old Pennsylvania girl with money, once again raising the specter of the wave or creepy clown sightings of the late summer/fall of 2016.
As WCMH-TV (Columbus) reports, a nine-year-old girl was riding around on her scooter Thursday morning at about 10:10 a.m. She claims that a man dressed as a clown approached her from behind and tried to lure her away with money. The girl claims the clown showed her either a $20 or $50 bill.
The girl ran away towards her grandmother’s house, screaming. The clown, meanwhile, disappeared onto nearby railroad tracks.
The girl described the clown as tall and thin, with red hair parted down the middle. He was wearing yellow pants with a blue-and-red polka dot shirt, and his arms were painted white.
You may remember that, in the late summer of 2016, a months-long wave of creepy clown sightings began in the U.S. and around the world. As CNN reported at the time, the sightings began in South Carolina, where a person dressed as a creepy clown was spotted lurking around in the woods behind an apartment complex.
The trend exploded from there; sightings of creepy clowns were reported in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and then all over the U.S. Creepy clowns were also spotted in Canada, England, and Australia.
Parents were terrified, children were on high alert, and in some cases, schools were even closed. Fortunately, there were no verifiable reports of anyone actually being harmed by a creepy clown, according to The Verge, and by winter the whole thing had died down.
In fact, by most accounts, the 2016 creepy clown craze was mostly an example of mass hysteria, according to The Verge.
Now that the summer of 2017 is in full swing, it looks like the creepy clown craze of 2016 is coming back along with it. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, machete-wielding clowns have been spotted terrorizing drivers in California, and police detained a 61-year-old man. However, they couldn’t connect him with any crimes, and he was let go.
So will 2017 bring about another creepy-clown-sighting panic? Considering the deep-seated fear of clowns experienced by several people, combined with the media’s insatiable desire for a good story, and the human desire to wreak mischief, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
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