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Do you remember the scary 2016 clown sightings?

Within the span of a single month, all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington DC experienced some form of sighting of an evil clown. To this day, it is mostly unclear who and how did it, but now one brave redditor is searching for answers.

Will they get any?


u/dunkindips**t asked:

People who actually dressed up as a creepy clown during the 2016 clown sightings, why did you do it?

Here were some of those answers.


Payday

I asked a friend. He said it was just Payday cosplay.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Twisted Metal

I had made a sweet tooth costume from scratch and I wasn't about to just throw it away, I had put way too much work into it. Edit: Created an imgur account to share the photo

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Backfired

Me and my friends tried to because we lived in a small town and nothing interesting happened there. But turns out a group of 13 year old girls running around with bad white face paint, all black clothes and red wigs we got for a dollar isn't very scary. All that happened is we got grounded.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

It Caused My Life To Be Threatened

I dressed up as a creepy clown for Halloween, and a bunch of drunk frat guys drove past me, slammed their brakes, and threatened to beat the heck out me

I've never been more scared in my life

The costume for anyone interested

https://imgur.com/a/WVHNtx8

Edit: well this blew up more than expected, here are some more pictures of the clown and some other costumes I've made

https://imgur.com/a/HdX3lHi

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Blatant Neglect

I remember when this was happening, Facebook posts came out about someone dressed as a clown on my road. I lived on a kinda secluded road, so the rednecks in the area wanted to go "hunting" (I'm assuming because they were such big strong men to hunt down a supposed child/prankster).

Well, it turns out the "clown" was a mentally ill man that ran off in the woods and had been missing for like three days. And to make matters worse, the caretaker for the man never made a missing persons report for the man.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

A Continual Cycle

I didn't dress up as one, but was a cop in a city that had this happen a few times a week.

Between responding to creepy clown calls, multiple stabbings/ assaults/ attempted murder accusations with the clowns as the victim, and the Pokemon Go trespassers/ prowlers, it was a really weird and uncomfortable 6 months or so.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Almost Died, Fam

About this time of year, nearly halloween but not too spooky yet, was homecoming for the local high school. I was at my boyfriend's house and his younger sister had a bunch of people over after the dance. They were all hanging out upstairs. I knew they were the type to scare easy, so I hatched a plan.

I did some shopping at Walmart, picked up a purge mask and some face paint, along with the classic rainbow poofy hair clowns have. I painted the mask to look like a clown, donned the wig, and just used a black hoodie.

With help from his parents, I acquired a ladder and crawled up onto the porch roof, just outside her window, and banged on the siding while leaning to the window.

Poor friend was the first to see me, let out a shrieking, "CLOWN!!!" And basically it was around 7 girls that sounded like they were getting murdered. I took off the mask when one came at the window with a hammer and they have not trusted me since.

Doesn't help that after the first IT remake, I put a red balloon in her room.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

People Are Scared

Not me, but two people dressed up as clowns and in our art room we have these large windows, and the two people dressed up as clowns jumped up at the windows and the school actually went on lockdown. The two clowns got arrested 15 minutes after.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Too Close For Comfort

I didn't dress up as one, but my neighborhood was covered in them for about two weeks. I lived in a neighborhood that was right on the edge of a sketchy area, so I was used to some interesting characters, but these people scared the living daylights out of me.

I let a friend and her two kids going through a rough time move in with me prior to this, and I was watching them for her while she was at work. The daughter (4) and I were in the kitchen while I was cooking dinner and the baby was asleep. We'd seen the clowns a few times at the end of the road under a streetlight that was blinking, but they never got that close to the house, but I was already on high alert because of it.


I was cutting veggies and there was a window directly in front of me, and I hadn't been looking out of it but I FELT someone staring at me. I look up, and like something out of a horror movie that clown is staring up at me from my driveway like 6 inches from my window. I had a giant knife in my hand and I tried not to lose it because I didn't want to scare Kammy (friends kid), so I kind of just held up the knife and stood right where I was and stared back. This jerk never moved. He just stayed right where he was for several minutes. I backed up and got my gun out of the case and called 911. They never found him but it scared the heck out of me and I was a nervous wreck having those kids by myself that night.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

Ruined By A Pupper

I only did it once and it was to scare my friend while he was out walking his dog at about 11 pm. I texted his mom earlier that day and asked if she could make him walk the dog late, and she did. I stood at the end of my driveway which is about a quarter mile long and surrounded by thick woods on either side so you couldn't see very far into it. I crouched behind the padmounted transformer box giggling like a little kid as I heard him approach, I waited for him to pass then crept down the road behind him carefully as to not make any noise.

After a minute of careful creeping I was right behind him so I yelled and wrapped him up in a bear hug from behind. Let me tell you, he freaked out. He Jumped about 3 feet up in the air and shrieked. It went perfectly until I was tackled by his great Dane and drowned in slobber, she recognised me when I took the mask off so I didn't get mauled.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/d7oz18...

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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