Published November 28, 2016
The phenomenon that began in the southern United States has somersaulted into Iceland.
Vísir reports that residents of the east Reykjavík community of Grafarvogur have reported a number of incidences involving people dressed as clowns stalking their neighbourhoods after dark. On some occasions, these clowns will peer into the windows of unsuspecting residents, frightening them enough to contact police.
Police told reporters they are investigating the matter. The only leads they reported having so far is knowing that the perpetrators are not adults.
For the unaware, the creepy clown phenomenon began in the Deep South of the United States last summer, amidst a fog of rumours that these clowns frighten or attempt to abduct children. This inspired a wave of copycat incidents – and violent reprisals against clowns – not just across the US, but in many countries around the world.
If you see a clown in Iceland, do not attempt to approach it or make contact. Most clowns are relatively harmless and will leave you alone if you ignore them and just keep walking. Nonetheless, do not hesitate to contact the police if a clown attempts to attack you. Do not try to fight the clown yourself.
If you need to get up to speed on the entire creepy clown thing, the video below is a decent summary.
(Photo credits: Steve Smilie Norman/Sune Frack/Octave.H/Wikimedia Commons)