Never heard of coulrophobia?
Neither did I until five minutes ago.
No, it’s not a fear of Dairy Queen.
Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns, and can bring on feelings of fear when you see clowns or clown images. It’s a specific phobic disorder that causes anxiety, a racing heart, nausea, and profuse sweating.
This past week, a man claiming he sought to “restore Trump to the president of the United States,” and would “kill all Democrats” to do so was arrested in a Pennsylvania Dairy Queen after entering the establishment armed with a handgun.
According to an affidavit obtained by WTAJ, Jan Stawovy of Hunker, Pennsylvania, allegedly entered the Dairy Queen last Saturday, placing $120 on the counter and telling the manager it was a “tip” for “non-Democrats.” Police were alerted later in the day to an erratic driver, and reached the Dairy Queen after Stawovy returned to the location.
Stawovy, dressed in what witnesses say was a rainbow clown wig and a bright yellow safety vest, attempted to convince police officers at the scene that he was “undercover with Pennsylvania State Police” and there “working on a major drug sting.”
I hope people don’t read this story and say “I told you so. Clowns are bad news. We’ve got to do something about the clowns in this country.”
Most clowns are good people, and just want to make people happy.
Of course, a clown with a gun is a completely different story. I wouldn’t want to be around such a person either.
But I also wonder, when people saw this clown with the gun, what they found more frightening, the clown wig or the gun…
*image from Nu Look Exteriors