Ronald McDonald, corporate mascot of McDonald's. Image via
Ronald McDonald, corporate mascot of McDonald’s. Image via

Creepy clown sightings have made it hard on red-haired mascots of fast-food chains. McDonald’s Corp. is pulling back on Ronald McDonald appearances.

“McDonald’s and franchisees in local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities,” the company told Huffington Post. “And as such are being thoughtful with respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events for the time being.”

HuffPo said the burger giant provided no other details about how often its clown mascot makes appearances, and how that would change.

McDonald’s isn’t placing an outright ban on public appearances by its red-nosed clown, a corporate spokesman told news outlets.

But the company is “being thoughtful in regards to” Ronald McDonald’s appearances, reports said.

Last week, Montebello police said extra patrols had been ordered near schools in the wake of reports of pranks involving people dressed as clowns.

“The announcement came a day after a 19-year-old man was arrested by Glendora Police for allegedly making threats against his former high school on social media accounts dedicated to clowns,” said City News Service.

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