McDonald's cuts back on Ronald McDonald appearances amid creepy clown concerns
Posted: 8:26 AM, Oct 12, 2016
<p>One clown who won&#39;t be sneaking up on people anytime soon?</p><p>Ronald McDonald. Yep, the McDonald&#39;s mascot.</p><p><b>SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/mcdonald-s-just-revamped-its-chicken-nuggets/">McDonald's Just Revamped Its Chicken Nuggets</a></b></p><p>While Ronald has been making fast-food customers smile for the past half century, other creepier clowns have recently been terrorizing towns across America.</p><p>&quot;I just got chased by a clown up into my door of my apartment,&quot; an unnamed caller&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z05Bwl3DTDk" target="_blank">told 911</a>.</p><p>&quot;A student received a message from Bobby Daklown. It said all of the Gallatin County schools would be shot up,&quot; said a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QNM8VKsAjw" target="_blank">WKRC reporter</a>.</p><p>Author Stephen King tried to&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/783018957263568896" target="_blank">reassure people on Twitter</a>&nbsp;that most of the clowns are &quot;good&quot; — a tad ironic since he wrote book in 1986 about a demonic entity that takes the shape of a clown.</p><p>But people are still freaked out. So McDonald&#39;s decided to not parade Ronald around much until sightings of the sinister clowns die out.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the fast-food company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/creepy-clown-craze-claims-new-victim-ronald-mcdonald-n664721" target="_blank">told NBC</a>, &quot;McDonald&#39;s and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate of clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald&#39;s participation in community events for the time being.&quot;</p><hr><b>Trending stories at <a href="http://www.newsy.com">Newsy.com</a></b><ul class="inline-related-links"><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/economics-nobel-prize-awarded-for-work-on-contract-theory/">Contracts May Be Boring, But They Won These 2 Men A Nobel Prize</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/these-immigrants-are-injecting-billions-into-the-us-economy/">These Successful Immigrants Are Injecting Billions Into The US Economy</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/mylan-accused-of-overcharging-government-for-epipen/">EpiPen Maker May Have Cheated Government Out Of Millions Of Dollars</a></li></ul>
Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile amid nationwide concerns of creepy clowns.
McDonald's announced they planned to cut down the usage of Ronald McDonald, several outlets reported after multiple reports of unrelated creepy clown sightings that have lead to FBI investigations, school closings and other incidents.
McDonald's Corp. said it is being "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events" as a result of the "current climate around clown sightings in communities," the Associated Press reported.