McDonald's: Ronald McDonald keeping a lower profile in light of creepy clown sightings

Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 15:09:25-04

NEW YORK - McDonald's says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.

McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that it is being "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events" as a result of the "current climate around clown sightings in communities." The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.

The burger chain's decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.