If you’re of the belief these clown sightings are giant crocks of shit, you may not be alone. But that doesn’t mean they’re not producing a tangible effect on the lives of hard-working Americans.
Take Jeremy Spicer of Jacksonville-based Germ Spider Designs. Spicer makes a living turning stuffed animals and other children’s toys into creepy works of art. One of his marketing gimmicks — he goes out in public dressed as a creepy clown. The uptick in clown sightings, however, is starting to bite into his business. Now he lives in fear of harassment from the public and the cops just for doing his job. He tells News4Jax, “I’ve been doing this for seven years, I shouldn’t walk out of my house, scared to put something on that I make a living doing. The clown hoax thing, it always happens around Halloween, but never to this extent.”
Totally feel ya here, Jeremy. If you can find a way to monetize something by law, then stupid-as-shit internet memes should not derail that plan. On the other hand, fuck you. Clowns are scary.