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So their track record isn't that great. Also, I question that scary clowns actually qualify as cryptids, given that no one is really doubting they exist. Most of us think they're pranksters (or possibly loonies) dressed up in clown suits to scare the piss out of the unsuspecting, and as such are more a concern for local law enforcement than they are for the crew of Finding Bigfoot.
That hasn't stopped people from seeking out Coleman's help. "Everybody [has] jumped on the phantom clown bandwagon," he said in an interview with the Globe. "I’m always prepared for the next new thing. It’s a very crisis-oriented field that I [work] in — it could be a new animal discovery, a new Bigfoot report, a new giant snake report... That’s just the way life is."
So I guess he's saying if it wasn't clowns, it would be something else. Which I can't really argue with.
Me, I'm tired of the whole clown thing already, but unfortunately Coleman says he expects the number of sightings to "increase until Halloween and diminish thereafter." Part of my annoyance with the phenomenon stems from the fact that our school got put on lockout last week because of a threatening clown-related Instagram page. The whole thing was completely exasperating, mostly because I spent the day answering clown-related questions instead of talking about aerobic cellular respiration, which (trust me on this) is way more interesting. So far, there have been no actual clown sightings in our village, at least that I've heard of, but as Coleman correctly points out we still have almost three weeks till Halloween, so there's lots of time for them to make an appearance.
The police are taking the phenomenon seriously, in spite of the fact that there hasn't been a verified case of a clown actually attacking anyone. Mostly they seem to just stand around looking sketchy. (The clowns, not the police.) That's enough, though, for Wayne County (New Jersey) Police Chief Laurence Martin. "If anything is suspicious," Martin told Reuters, "anything, be it somebody verbally or physically acting menacing in any type of costume, notify the police right away."
Which, I suppose, makes sense. Better safe than sorry. So perhaps enlisting Loren Coleman is the right idea. If in 13 years he's yet to find one Bigfoot, maybe he'll be equally adept at making sure no one sees any clowns.