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Shock as Amazon delivery woman defecates on customer’s front yard while dropping off package

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

When Nemy Bautista arrived to his Sacramento home on Tuesday, he found what appeared to be dog poop at the bottom of his driveway. When he looked at the footage in his security camera, however, he found a dissatisfying surprise.

Bautista told Fox News on Friday that instead of a puppy relieving itself, he watched a woman who was delivering a package for Amazon driving a U-Haul doing the deed.

He said he was “shocked” by what he saw and immediately contacted Amazon and filed a complaint. A company representative was “shocked and thoroughly apologized,” and said that the deliverywoman worked for a third-party contractor Amazon had hired to make those deliveries

“I wanted Amazon to come clean it up,” Bautista said, adding he missed the delivery by minutes.

A supervisor for the driver arrived at Bautista’s home about five hours later, unprepared to deal with the “package.”

“He didn’t have any gloves, nothing,” Bautista said. “He grabbed a plastic bag to scoop it up and I told him he couldn’t put it my [trash] can. I didn’t want it stinking up my can.”

The man asked Bautista if he could leave it beside the trash can, which he did. Bautista eventually put it in the trash can after the man left.

Amazon has apologized to Bautista and offered him a gift card. He told FOX40 that the company told him the driver “has been dealt with” but was unsure what that meant.

“This is a third-party provider – anyone can be a driver,” he told Fox News. “It’s a lack of professionalism. It’s very strange.”

But it seems as if the problems didn’t end there for Bautista.

He said the next day another Amazon delivery person, instead of walking up to his front door to drop off the package, was caught on camera throwing it from about 20 yards out.

“To put salt on the wound, we had another driver the next day that tossed the package. He tossed it instead of walking up the driveway,” said Bautista, adding that it landed on top of a rose bed. “It was a fragile porcelain figurine. It didn’t break.”

A representative with Amazon was “shocked” and profusely apologized for the second incident.

“I have lived in this home 17 years and I have never had back-to-back incident [like these],” Bautista added. “I am disappointed in how it was handled.”

 

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FORGET ABOUT THIS STORY, BUT EACH TIME I SEE IT COME UP, I GET MORE CONFUSED. MY FIRST REACTION WAS TO LAUGH.   MY SECOND REACTION WAS LAUGHTER AND THEN HORROR.  MY THIRD REACTION IS DISAPPOINTMENT IN HUMANITY.  THERE ARE SO MANY KNUCKLEHEADS IN OUR WORLD.   WHAT WE NEED ARE MORE ROLE MODELS, NOT DIPSHITS LIKE THIS AMAZON DRIVER.

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Chainsaw-wielding clown rips open boy’s face when ‘House of Scares’ goes wrong in Mexico

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments

By Travis Fedschun | Fox News

A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured after a chainsaw-wielding clown at a Mexican fair got too close, officials said.
A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured after a chainsaw-wielding clown at a Mexican fair got too close, officials said. (Tuxtla Gutierrez City Council)

A chainsaw-wielding clown seriously injured a 17-year-old boy at a fair in Mexico Sunday after the “House of Scares” worker got too close to the teen and ripped his face open, officials said.

The teenager was at the fair in Tuxtla Gutierrez, located in the southern part of the country near the Guatemala border, when he went into the “House of Scares,” El Universal newspaper reported.

The employee wearing the clown suit reportedly approached the teen as part of the “Scares” experience — but he got too close while trying to scare the 17-year-old and struck the unidentified teenager with the chainsaw, leaving him with an inch-deep wound.

The Chiapas Prosecutor’s Office said the incident was considered “accidental,” and employee Iván Azael was arrested.

“The accused accidentally wounded the young man in the right cheekbone with the chainsaw,” the office said in a brief statement.

The teenager was immediately rushed to a hospital, but officials did not disclose his condition, according to Multimedios.

The prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the incident.

The fair was eventually shut down by local officials because “they did not meet the minimum security requirements for the attending population,” according to La Neta Noticias.

TWO THINGS YOU NEVER PLAY WITH:
CHAIN SAWS
CLOWNS

TO PLAY WITH BOTH AT THE SAME TIME, IS INSANE. IT’S LIKE PLAYING WITH MATCHES AND GASOLINE AND TNT. AND WHY WAS THIS CLOWN USING A REAL CHAIN SAW? WHILE THE LAWS IN MEXICO MIGHT BE A BIT LOOSER THAN OTHER COUNTRIES, THERE HAVE TO BE SOME LAWS AGAINST USING A REAL CHAINSAW AS A PROP WHEN WORKING WITH A CLOSE AUDIENCE. I AM CURIOUS HOW THIS PLAYS OUT AND – ALL JOKING ASIDE- WISH FOR A QUICK AND SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR THE TENN.

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California grandpa throws man off roof to end hours-long police standoff

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Fox News

California grandpa pushes suspect off roof

A California grandfather took matters into his own hands when a stranger jumping on rooftops caused an hours-long police standoff on Tuesday.

Willard Burgess, 83, was at his La Puenta house when the suspect police were chasing stood on his roof, refusing their orders to come down for hours, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Murakami wrote on Twitter. The suspect was jumping on several rooftops in the neighborhood.

Burgess, fed up with the ordeal, eventually grabbed his neighbor’s ladder and told officers he was climbing onto the roof, KABC reported.

“That sucker’s coming off,” he told police.

The grandfather then shoved the man off his roof, ending the hours-long standoff. It’s unclear whether the unidentified man, who police say was either mentally ill or on drugs, was seriously injured. Police said he was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

“You come to my house, you don’t have to worry about him because I’ll be all over it ’cause I’m going to load up,” Burgess told KABC.

Burgess’ granddaughter, Ashley Wrenn, recorded cell phone video of the moment Burgess tossed the man off his roof.

“My neighbor Albert got a ladder. My grandfather climbed the ladder quick. He pushed the guy to a corner of the roof and threw him off the roof,” Wrenn told San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The man was handcuffed after he fell.

“It was a crazy morning,” she said.

“I tell everybody: ‘Just because you’re old, that don’t mean you got to sit down. As long as you’re able to move, move,’” Burgess told the news station.

WHILE DRUG USE AND MENTAL ILLNESS ARE NO LAUGHING MATTERS, HAVING AN 83 YEAR OLD MAN TAKE MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS AND DEFEND HIS PROPERTY, AND HENCE HIS RIGHT, IS INSPIRING. DON’T MESS WITH THIS CHUCK NORRIS OF A GRANDPA!

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Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Associated Press•September 20, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she’s dubbed “The Mad Pooper” by her children, who caught the jogger in the act weeks ago. Budde tells KKTV-TV (http://bit.ly/2xO8JPl ) the woman apologized after she questioned her. But she says the jogger has left something behind on her runs at least once a week for the past seven weeks.

Police have asked Budde to take pictures of the woman so they can try to identify her. Budde has put up a sign asking the woman to stop. She says there are public restrooms in the area.

Police Sgt. Johnathan Sharketti calls the case “uncharted territory.”

OKAY, SO WHERE SHALL WE GO WITH THIS????? SHOULD WE FIND A COMPROMISE HERE AND ASK THE JOGGER TO CARRY DOG CRAP BAGS? BUT THEN THERE IS THE ISSUE OF INDECENT EXPOSURE… SO MAYBE SHE WOULD HIDE BEHIND A BUSH… OUT OF SIGHT AND USE A BAG? THE OTHER OPTION IS AN ADULT DIAPER, WHICH SHOULD SOLVE THE TRICK…

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The creepy clown crisis: White House defers to FBI. Stephen King hits ‘hysteria.’

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments

The Washington Post
Ben Guarino October 5, 2016

Clowns as part of the arcade at New York’s Coney Island (iStock)
It is a strange thing when Stephen King must defend the world from tales of horrific clowns. The horror maestro who wrote “It,” which featured a monster in the form of a clown, recently spoke out as a voice of pro-clown reason.

“Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria,” King tweeted on Monday, “most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.”

King was, for the most part, correct. The vast majority of people employed as clowns are content to brighten days, pie faces and fashion balloons into poodles. (Exceptions to the rule include “Wrinkles,” the Florida clown who will traumatize children for a fee.) Those good clowns are a shrinking population, and reclaiming the clown mantle will take more than goodwill tweets. In school districts and police stations, clown sightings have become a source of discomfort rather than giggles.

At the moment, the dominant clown strain in the United States — the one appearing in police and media reports, and what compelled King to defend America’s hard-working jester — is something altogether more sinister.

South Carolina was creepy clown Ground Zero in August, when emergency calls from residents of Greenville County prompted deputies to search an apartment complex and the nearby forest for criminal clowns. A clown, or someone dressed like one, was “trying to lure children in the woods,” warned the property manager of Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville.

Ahead of Halloween, officials are warning parents to rethink costume choices as menacing clowns increasingly terrorize people around the country. (Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post)
Such reports are not a new phenomenon — as long ago as 1981, according to Slate, Massachusetts elementary school students warned their principal about menacing clowns in a black van. But the 2016 strain of clowns is a particularly virulent one, with the season’s sightings spreading from Greenville to North Carolina, to states like Kentucky and Alabama, before sweeping across the rest of the country.

[Clown sightings have spread to North Carolina. Now police are concerned about creepy copycats.]

What began as reports from concerned parents to police mutated into memes, pranks and, in some cases, felonious hoaxes. Although there is little evidence that clowns are stealing children or planning attacks, clowns (or at least clown images and paraphernalia) have been associated with a recent rash of mischief and violent threats.

The World Clown Association is not happy with those creepy clowns scaring people.  World Clown Association president Randy Christensen addressed the rash of “creepy clown” reports across the U.S., saying that individuals doing “this crazy stuff” are not clowns. (World Clown Association)

Some of the clown sightings have transferred out of the woods and onto the Internet, where people purporting to be clowns display menacing profiles on Facebook or Instagram (e.g., the Alabama woman who police say made threats as “Flomo Klown“).

The phenomenon is not quite as severe as swatting, in which hoaxers prompt SWAT raids on innocent victims with false hostage or bomb scares, but shares several features: Authorities must treat the threats seriously, the threats are not genuine and the Internet acts as both refuge and spawning pool for pranksters.

Many of the hoaxers are teenagers. Saturday, an 18-year-old late to her job at McDonald’s blamed a knife-wielding clown. Police say the clown did not exist.

[Creepy clowns spook a country already freaked out by political ones]

On Monday, police in Hampton, Va., arrested a 13-year-old and charged her with “one count of Threatening to Kill by Electronic Message,” the police said in a news release. She contacted an individual who was “utilizing a clown photo as a profile picture,” and asked the clown to murder one of her middle schoolteachers.

Also on Tuesday, creepy clowns were invoked at the White House. During a news conference, a Bloomberg reporter asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest if President Obama was aware of the clown reports and associated arrests. Earnest said he did not know if the president had been briefed on creepy clowns, and deferring to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on the jester specifics.

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A Bloomberg correspondent asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if President Obama is ‘aware of’ the rash of ‘creep clown sighting’ pranks throughout the country. Earnest’s answer? “I don’t know that the president has been briefed on this particular situation.” (White House)
Earnest added: “Obviously, this is a situation that local law enforcement authorities take quite seriously. And they should carefully and thoroughly review perceived threats to the safety of the community, and they should do so prudently.”

There is a long history of fiction and pop psychology exploring the dark side of the jester. The fear of clowns is pervasive enough to have its own word: coulrophobia.

In 2008, the University of Sheffield in Britain surveyed more than 250 children aged 4 to 16, to see if clown images would cheer up a hospital setting. Every one of the survey participants reported disliking clowns.

North Wales child psychologist Patricia Doorbar told the BBC at the time: “Very few children like clowns. They are unfamiliar and come from a different era. They don’t look funny, they just look odd.”

The hidden element of clowns — features obscured by makeup, or practical jokes like surprise hand buzzers — may put others off. “They pull things out of their sleeves. They blow up balloons and then pop them,” Columbia University clinical psychologist Kristin Kunkle told Livescience in September. “They do things that bring on a rush of emotion that some people might be excited about and some people might find overwhelming.”

[Reports of creepy clown sightings in Maryland are untrue]

King, who has long trafficked in psychological horror, offered his opinion on what makes clowns scary to the Bangor Daily News at the beginning of September. The creepy clown is a horror du jour, with a meme-like ability to feed on itself.

“I suspect it’s a kind of low-level hysteria, like Slender Man, or the so-called Bunny Man, who purportedly lurked in Fairfax County, Virginia, wearing a white hood with long ears and attacking people with a hatchet or an ax,” King said to the Maine newspaper. “The clown furor will pass, as these things do, but it will come back, because under the right circumstances, clowns really can be terrifying.”

The creepy clowns may be with us for some time yet. Clown mask sales are up 300 percent from 2015, Brad Butler of the costume store Halloween Express told Eye Opener TV. Normally half of the best-selling masks are “evil,” he said. This year, eight of the top 10 clown masks would transform the wearer into something wicked.

NOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS GETTING IN ON THIS…. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY FOUND HIMSELF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT A POSSIBLE PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONSE TO THE CLOWN CRISIS.

WHILE THIS ISSUE TAKE OVER THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. YES, TRUMP SEEMS LIKE THE CANDIDATE WHO COULD KEEP US SAFE, AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT HIS RHETORIC LEADS US TO BELIEVE. HOWEVER, HILLARY WAS SECRETARY OF STATE AND HAS EXPERIENCE.

WILL IT TAKE THE U.S. ARMED SERVICES TO ERADICATE THE CLOWN CRISIS?

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The Real Victims of Creepy Clowns: Actual Clowns A spate of incidents across the nation, in which bad actors try to scare the public, are making life tough for real clowns; ‘We are all sticking together’

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments

The Real Victims of Creepy Clowns: Actual Clowns
Wall Street Journal 10/7/2016
By SHIBANI MAHTANI

The word? Clowns.

“There was no one in costume, not one person in costume,” said Mr. Herdegen, a 75-year-old clown from Grand Rapids, Mich., who goes by the stage name Choo-Choo. “Can you believe it?”

It isn’t funny being a clown these days.

The nation has fallen into the grips of a creepy-clown epidemic with sightings of malevolent clowns spreading across the country. Schools have closed. Arrests have been made.

Two 18-year old women in Roseville, Mich. were arrested wearing these creepy clown masks on October 6. ENLARGE
Two 18-year old women in Roseville, Mich. were arrested wearing these creepy clown masks on October 6. PHOTO: CHARLIE LANGTON/FOX2
That makes for a lot of sad clowns.

Clown troupes are rejecting invitations to parades. Moms are canceling clown bookings to children’s parties. Clowns are staying away from sick children at the hospital, and some have faced arrest for trying to do their jobs of making people laugh. They fear going out in the attire of their chosen career.

“The fake clowns are winning right now,” says Tim Cunningham, a 38-year-old lecturer at the University of Virginia and a professional clown on the board of Clowns Without Borders, a nonprofit that travels the world to perform for underprivileged children.

He normally wears a full costume when he delivers lectures on the benefits of clowning. Now, he tones it down. Sometimes he wears his red nose. Sometimes, he feels the mood just isn’t right.

In Houston, a clown troupe affiliated with a church was driving in a van to their performance venue on Wednesday. At a traffic stop, a group of teenage girls looked into the van, screamed and sped off, said Judy Cornett, president of the Texas Clown Association.

When they arrived at the venue, someone in the parking lot reported them to authorities. The troupe has canceled other gigs scheduled for this week.

“We are all sticking together,” said Ms. Cornett, also known as Peep the Clown. “We are doing gigs together, making sure we aren’t out alone, and measuring whether we want to do gigs.”

It all began in late August in Greenville, S.C., with reports of clowns trying to lure children into the woods. A spokesman for the Greenville Sheriff’s office said investigators haven’t obtained any evidence backing up the clown sightings.

Since then, suspicious clown sightings have been reported in 38 states from California to Maine, according to social media accounts such as @Clownparanoia with thousands of followers.

In many cases, the sightings are unsubstantiated hoaxes.

Still, the scare has prompted schools to send out warning letters and police to issue notices to the community that this behavior is just “not cute or funny.”

Gerald Herdegen, a 75-year-old clown in Grand Rapids, Mich., says the clown community is facing some backlash amid the rash of creepy clown sightings across the country.
Gerald Herdegen was sitting with his fellow professionals in a convention hall in Merrillville, Ind., last week when a woman came out of the elevator, saw a word describing the event and started screaming to her husband that they had to leave.

Schools in Greeley, Colo., just a couple of miles from the University of Northern Colorado where Mr. Cunningham was delivering a guest lecture on clowning, were practically empty one day last week, he said, when most students stayed home amid threats that a clown was going to attack.

Vigilantes in some states have vowed to track down menacing clowns.

The environment is particularly dangerous—for real clowns.

Mike Wesley, a 62-year-old retired clown who lives outside of Columbus, Ohio, says he was sitting at a hospital cafeteria a few days ago in his civilian clothes when he heard the topic of clowns come up at the table next to his. The group of men was talking about hunting down and killing clowns.

“It got me kind of shook,” Mr. Wesley says. “I found a reason to leave.”

This week, the Orem Police Department in Utah said officers have answered dozens of queries from residents asking if they can “shoot or take action against someone that is dressed up as a clown.”

“That is not a simple yes or no question,” the Orem police said in a Facebook post. “We understand that clowns to some people are already ‘creepy’…however, if someone is standing on the sidewalk, dressed like a clown and they don’t have any weapons and they are just standing there…we can’t do anything.”

At the University of Illinois at Chicago this week, police responded to calls of a “creepy clown” on campus. They apprehended the man, but released him when they realized he was a student dressed for a performance art project.

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“It is very difficult to differentiate between an innocent or hostile clown, since either type has a creepy vibe anyway,” says Elijah Hernandez, a UIC student who witnessed the incident.

Fear of clowns, called coulrophobia, has bubbled up over the years, spurred on by pop-culture figures such as the Joker from the Batman comics and real-life figures such as serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr., who used to volunteer as a clown in his neighborhood.

Andrew Stott, an English professor at the University of Buffalo, who studies entertainment culture and labels himself a “reluctant clown expert,” says the Gacy case coupled with Stephen King’s 1986 novel-turned-movie “It,” was a “turning point and a watershed at which people began to become suspicious” of clowns.

“We look at clowns and think ‘what drives you to dress up this way?’ ” Mr. Stott says. “It is a terrible libel on what they are doing, but we can’t help it, we are very suspicious of strangers dressing up and approaching children.”

Maureen Draganowski, a 50-year-old clown in Elmhurst, Ill., who goes by the name MoMo, says the social-media-driven phenomenon is “ramping up and popping up everywhere.” At first, she says, it “didn’t even click that the phone hasn’t been ringing” to ask for bookings for parties.

“I just thought, goodness it has been kind of quiet! But it really hit home when there was an alert for clown sightings in the neighboring town,” she says. “It really is everyone’s turn to pick on us.”

The real clowns insist that they will survive the onslaught, with Clowns Without Borders starting a hashtag #WeStandWithClowns and other clown groups starting the hashtag #RealClownsAreAboutLove.

“Why do we laugh at clowns? Because they screw up,” said Mr. Cunningham. “But we will certainly bounce back.”

 

OK, SO WHERE DO I BEGIN?   I’M CONFUSED, YET SAD FOR CLOWNS, BUT ALSO AMUSED.   SCHIZOPHRENIC FEELINGS OF GLADNESS AND SADNESS FILL MY HEART AND MIND.    YES, “IT ISN’T FUNNY BEING A CLOWN THESE DAYS.” HOWEVER, WAS IT EVER FUNNY????  NO!  CREEPY.   I HAVE CLOWNFIGHTER.COM FOR A REASON… TO PROTECT THE WORLD AGAINST THE CLOWN EPIDEMIC THAT IS SLOWLY ENCOMPASSING OUR WORLD.
AND CLOWNS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CREEPY.    BUT IS IT FAIR TO PROFILE CLOWNS?  WILL A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PUT OUT A BLANKET CLOWN STATEMENT, OUTLAWING THEM FROM THE COUNTRY?   WILL WE ASK THE CLOWNS TO BUILD A WALL AROUND OUR COUNTRY AND MAKE THEM PAY FOR IT?  PERHAPS?    IT JUST MIGHT BE THE SOLUTION???? OVER AND OUT… WORD.

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Arkansas mom arrested for drinking and breastfeeding

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

 

The loop

Devon Scoble, December 3, 2013 4:16:24 PM 

Last week Arkansas mom Tasha Adams, 28, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after waitress and fellow mother Jackie Conners called police when she witnessed Adams drinking alcohol and breastfeeding her 7-month old baby. The incident occurred at Gusano’s Pizzeria in Conway.

Predictably, the story has incited Internet rage on both sides, with experts and sanctimommies alike claiming that any amount of alcohol is too much, and still more experts and moderates maintaining that judicious drinking is perfectly compatible with breastfeeding.

Context is everything, and the details in this particular incident are unclear.

A news report claims Conners, who was later fired from the pizzeria, witnessed Adams consuming “drink after drink”. But according to the Daily Mail, Adams says the accusations “have been blown out of proportion,” but that she’s been advised not to divulge details pending a January court date. “I hate that, because people don’t know the truth. I am really a normal person,” she said.

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume that Tasha Adams, who has three children in total, is a good mom who understood the risks of her actions, weighed them, and acted accordingly. If this were true, then Adams’ real crime is that she failed to recognize the sanction that all parents, but particularly mothers, face when they dare to raise their children in public.

Of course, this is purely conjecture, but if pregnancy, childbirth and nursing have taught me anything, it is that medical opinion and public discourse on these topics weigh heavily in favour of worst-case-scenarios. Entire books have been written on the subject, but if you’ve birthed a baby in the last decade, surely you’re familiar with the long list of don’ts, and with the conversation that starts by assuming all mothers are potential addicts with zero impulse control.

It’s not the only conversation out there, but it is a loud one, and because of it, many moderate, reasonable wine-sipping, mothers are working to be the best they moms they can be, while fearing they’ll be judged as the worst. The fact is, it is possible to drink safely while breastfeeding. La Leche League offers sound advice for “reasonable alcohol intake”, and Motherisk has created an algorithm that allows nursing moms to calculate how long it takes them to metabolize alcohol. It remains to be seen whether Tasha Adams was acting on reason or impulse, but one thing is clear – however you’re mothering, someone else is watching, and knowing that is enough to drive anyone to drink.

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EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Brooklyn Thursday, membership at the country’s largest clown organizations has plunged over the past decade amid declining interest, old age and higher standards for the jokesters.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Natalie Musumeci
Monday, February 17, 2014, 2:16 AM

Send in the clowns — please!

As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.

Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.

“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

He said he wouldn’t release specific numbers, citing the privacy of the members.

The sassy Scarlett Sullivan of New Jersey is also featured in the "Legends" show. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment The sassy Scarlett Sullivan of New Jersey is featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ all-new performance called ‘Legends.’

Membership at the World Clown Association, the country’s largest trade group for clowns, has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004.

“The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,” said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.

Kohlberger said that it’s difficult getting younger people who develop an early interest in the many facets of clowning to stick with it on the professional level.

“What happens is they go on to high school and college and clowning isn’t cool anymore,” he said. “Clowning is then put on the back burner until their late 40s and early 50s.”

A funny jumping rope bit from the Ringling Bros. all-new "Legends" show. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment A funny jumping rope bit from the Ringling Bros. ‘Legends’ show. The circus keeps about 26 clowns on its roster for its three shows.

Cyrus Zavieh, the president of New York Clown Alley, a group that boasts 45 members across the New York area, said clowns can pull in up to $300 for a birthday party — but that’s hardly a financial incentive for many young people.

“American kids these days are thinking about different careers altogether,” said Zavieh, 44, who has worked under the moniker Cido for nearly two decades.

“They’re thinking about everything other than clowning.”

The lack of wannabe Bozos has yet to hurt the big top at the “Greatest Show on Earth.” The 95-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has even implemented a more rigorous hiring process to find just the right jester.

** FILE ** Promoter and entertainer Larry Harmon portrays Bozo the Clown in this undated file photo. For years Harmon claimed to have created the character, and said he was the original. Now the International Clown Hall of Fame in downtown Milwaukee is formally endorsing a different version: Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston created Bozo for recordings in 1946, and the late Vance "Pinto" Colvig was the first person to play the clown. On Friday, May 28, 2004, the hall is posthumously inducting Colvig as the first Bozo. (AP Photo/International Clown Hall of Fame)   Original Filename: BICKERING_BOZOS_MAG501.jpgAP The lack of wannabe Bozos is declining amid waning interest, old age and higher standards among employers. Here, Larry Harmon portrays Bozo the Clown.

As a result of the more challenging tryouts, just 11 clowns out of 14 who were selected from 531 applicants to attend a rigorous 14-day boot camp at the Ringling Bros. Clown College last year were offered jobs with the world-famous circus.

There’s no goofing around at the training where clowns get the chance to learn the fine points of floppy shoes and wildly colored wigs from veteran performers.

Just 12 clowns will be featured in the circus’ all-new performance at the Barclays Center called “Legends,” which will run from Thursday through March 2.

The circus keeps about 26 clowns on its roster for its three touring shows.

“Our audience expects to be wowed,” said David Kiser, Ringling Bros. director of talent. “No longer is it good enough to just drop your pants and focus on boxer shorts.”

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Walmart Recalls Donkey Meat In China Because It Contained Fox

January 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

REUTERS | By Adam Jourdan Posted: 01/02/2014 8:11 am EST

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, has recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals, the U.S. company said.

Wal-Mart will reimburse customers who bought the tainted “Five Spice” donkey meat and is helping local food and industry agencies in eastern Shandong province investigate its Chinese supplier, it said late on Wednesday in official posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration earlier said the product contained fox meat.

The scandal could dent Wal-Mart’s reputation for quality in China’s $1 trillion food and grocery market where it plans to open 110 new stores in the next few years. China is the largest grocery market in the world and is set to grow to $1.5 trillion by 2016, according to the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

“This is another hit on Wal-Mart’s brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before,” said Shaun Rein, Shanghai-based managing director of China Market Research (CMR) Group. CMR estimates Wal-Mart’s market share fell from 7.5 percent to 5.2 percent over the last three years.

Donkey meat is a popular snack in some areas of China, although it only accounts for a tiny fraction of overall meat consumption. In 2011 China slaughtered 2.4 million donkeys, according to country’s livestock industry yearbook.

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Wal-Mart, French grocer Carrefour SA, McDonald’s Corp and KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc among others, have come under fire before in China over food safety issues, a sensitive topic in a country riddled with scares from a fatal tainted milk scandal to recycled “gutter oil” used for cooking.

Wal-Mart said it had set up an investigation team to look into the incident, would strengthen food safety rules and take legal action against the product supplier. It added the person in charge at the supplier factory had already been detained.

“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president and CEO, Greg Foran. “It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management.”

The U.S. retailer has had a troubled past in China. In 2011, China fined Wal-Mart, along with Carrefour, a combined 9.5 million yuan ($1.57 million) for manipulating product prices. Wal-Mart was also fined that year in China for selling duck meat past its expiry date.

Food safety scandals can have a significant impact in China. Yum has struggled to recover sales in China more than a year after a chicken supplier to KFC in the country was found to have used excess levels of antibiotics. Analysts, though, said the impact of the current scare would be far more subdued.

Wal-Mart, which operates more than 400 facilities in China, competes with market leaders Sun Art Retail Group Ltd and China Resources Enterprise Ltd, which in August teamed up with British retailer Tesco Plc.

Consumers on popular microblogging site Sina Weibo were at a loss whether to criticize Wal-Mart or support it. Online sentiment can spread quickly in China where there is a high proportion of social media users.

“Isn’t fox meat more expensive than donkey meat anyway?” asked one bemused user

WAIT A MINUTE….”DONKEY MEAT IS A POPULAR SNACK IN SOME AREAS OF CHINA?” AND IN 2011, 2.4 MILLION DONKEYS WERE EATEN?

ARE WE MISSING SOMETHING IN AMERICA? AND LIKE THE PERSON MENTIONED…”ISN’T FOX MEAT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN DONKEY MEAT ANYWAY?” IT’S AMAZING WHAT IS EATEN AROUND THE WORLD. I’M NOT ONE TO JUDGE, BUT THE THOUGHT OF EATING DONKEY MEAT (AND FOX MEAT), DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH ME…..

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Man, unhappy with ex-wife, buys house next to her and puts up gigantic middle finger statue

November 19th, 2013 · No Comments

By | Odd NewsMon, Nov 18, 2013

 

This story is one that warms the blackened, icy hearts of the Odd News team. In Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Alan Markovitz, not satisfied with expressing his distaste for his ex-wife in just words, has bought and moved into a home that sits right next door to a house that’s occupied by…his ex-wife. That’s funny enough, but as WJBK Fox 2 points out, the cherry on top of this cupcake is an almost 12-foot high statue of a middle finger Markovitz put in his back yard, pointed toward his former love and her new boyfriend.

The statue, seen in daylight. (WJBK/Lenka Tuohy)

Oh! Oh! And also! It has a spotlight that illuminates it during the evening.

The statue, during the evening. (WJBK/Lenka Tuohy)

Fox 2 wasn’t able to get the ex-wife on the horn, but did speak with Markovitz. He told them that the plan was to get even with the new boyfriend, because two had allegedly had an affair while she was still married to our favorite art patron. He also told them that it wasn’t his intention for this to be public and that it only spread after his ex-wife’s daughter posted a picture on her Twitter account.

A private message, however, would be out of character for Mr. Markovitz. He’s quite the deal in Detroit. As this Deadline Detroit article summarizes in its first paragraph, “He’s been shot twice, and he once was the target of a murder contract. He wrote an autobiography and bought and sold 11 local topless clubs…He once used a chimp in an act with predictably strange results.” And that’s not it.

Fox 2 asked a very good question: is this legal? Their legal analyst Charlie Langton says “Unless this city has some ordinance, that prevents these kind of fingers from being illegal of some kind – no! You could have a statue, some people might call it art, I don’t know, but there’s nothing illegal about it…I know it doesn’t look good, but there’s nothing illegal about it. Get over it!”

 

THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE STORIES THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.    JUST ONE QUESTION… WHAT DOES THIS MEAN: “HE ONCE USED A CHIMP IN AN ACT WITH PREDICTABLY STRANGE RESULTS.”?

 

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