When clowns are just nice people

Maybe there was a time when a guy could dress up like a clown and hand out candy to kids to celebrate his birthday, but those days are long gone.

A man in Clarksville, Tenn., is the latest to learn the lesson after he apparently caused a brief panic in his town when two fifth-graders reported him. They described him to school authorities: white face, red nose.

The police issued an alert that a clown might be trying to lure children with candy.

Then they caught the clown.

The great clown mystery has been solved. Police have located the man who was spotted in a clown costume. He is an…

Posted by Clarksville Police Department on Thursday, May 9, 2019

He was just being a nice guy, the police said.

“John Wayne Gacy was a nice guy, too,” a commenter on the department’s Facebook page said, indicative of the fact there are plenty of clowns in Clarksville, Tenn.