Creepy clowns force Ronald McDonald into hiding
NEW YORK - The creepy clown sightings has forced Ronald McDonald to keep a lower profile.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday, the popular burger chain said it's mascot won't make a bunch of appearances. McDonald's Corp. said it's being "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events." It's not clear how long the company's clown might be in hiding.
The burger chain's decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. There have been clown situations in 48 states.
In Louisiana, the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office investigated a prank at a grocery store where two guys wore creepy clown outfits and walked through a grocery store. Although there is a state law dealing with wearing masks, no charges were filed.
"We would like to assure the public that there is no threat to public safety regarding this incident," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook.
It's not clear what impact the McDonald's corporate decision will mean for franchise stores in the Baton Rouge area.
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