CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Creepy clown sightings across the nation, including Hampton Roads, have a professional clown from Chesapeake upset over a loss in business.
The clowns have been seen reportedly terrorizing communities from inside cars, along streets and even on the back of public bus.
The pictures and videos, some threatening harm, have spread rapid fire across social media.
“This is my life. This is my family. I know a lot of clowns who do this for a living and it’s been hard,” said ‘Spunky’ The Clown.
Spunky says the trend has led to cancellations of special events. She claims she spends more time than ever calming the nerves of customers.
“I say, ‘Don’t worry. Even if they are standoffish at me in the beginning, by the end of the party, they will be loving me.'”
Earlier this month, Newport News and Hampton schools alerted parents after threats were allegedly made on clown Instagram accounts.
In Hampton, police arrested a 13-year-old girl for allegedly contacting a clown account and asking them to kill her teacher at Davis Middle School.
“They definitely should stop. It’s not funny. I know funny. I’m a clown,” Spunky said.
Spunky spends the Halloween season painting faces at the Great Bridge Pumpkin Patch, but she says her phone has stopped ringing for weekend events.
She says her losses stand at more than $1,000.
“That’s a huge chunk to some people, meaning me. When you work for yourself and have your own business, every little bit counts.”
Spunky says she has received numerous prank phone calls from people threatening bodily harm. One person threatened her life, she says.
While some of her clown friends are calling it quits, she says she believes the conversation will eventually die down and her profits will go back up.
“The way I’m going to retire is when they stick me in the box.”