I have posted this in some photo comments on Facebook and I know some people are really scared of clowns, so I want to just say: if you scroll down further, there is a photo of a super-scary clown costume I saw at Walgreen’s recently. This is one of those classic “Funny Strange” moments where I am just absolutely amazed that this made it out into the world, and it’s so funny to me because I feel like this design, which is SO over the top scary and inappropriate for a drugstore, had to pass through at least an entire committee of people at Walgreen’s corporate as well as designers and marketing people, and no one once said “You know what? Maybe this is a little too scary.”
I discovered this terrible tragedy of bureaucratic slovenliness last week when I went into Walgreen’s to buy some random thing, walked up the Halloween aisle, and was stopped in my tracks by this clown costume, which was made even more hilarious to me because some thoughtful Walgreen’s employee has put it FRONT AND CENTER on the hanging rack, exactly at little kid eye level. I am not joking when I tell you that I laughed until I was actually crying, right there in Walgreen’s, just about how freaking scary this clown is and how many people had to approve it before it got mass-produced and showed up there in my store. Just….why? Why the bloodshot eyes? Why the creepy grin? WHY THE LACK OF AIRHOLES?
Also, I bet Stephan wishes I would stop texting him this creepy clown photo at random times. I know that because sometimes he will reply STOP THAT or GOOD CHRIST, and this makes me laugh even more, because I am weird.
And so, in closing, I REALIZE THIS CLOWN IS SCARY, and the reason why it is so funny to me is because no one at Walgreen’s seems to have concluded this, even though it is so very, very obvious to me and everyone else who sees it. Are you ready?
What. The. Actual. Eff, Walgreens? This does not belong in a store!!!
Please reply with your phone number if you would like me to randomly text this clown to you.
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