Meet 'Wrinkles', a 65-year-old scary clown available for anything from birthdays to bar mitzvahs - pranking his clients' friends and family with his black, soulless eyes, paunchy appearance, and fist full of rainbow balloons.
I know what you're probably thinking: Who would do this? And why would someone think this is a good idea?
The story begins with an anonymous 65-year-old Rhode Island military veteran's relocation to Naples, Florida, a popular retirement destination for many seniors - including our new friend, Wrinkles. Divorced and with no children, he felt a bit lonely in the new city and wasn't necessarily loving the 'shuffleboard and country club' culture of locals his age.
It's then that he decided to try something new - which is how Wrinkles was born.
"It's fun. You get to be someone else. You get some people who are petrified and some people who want you to come home with them."
Allegedly, Wrinkles receives over 100 business requests a day - something he owes to the fact that Florida teens have begun sharing 'sightings' of him on various social medias. Some he accepts, while others - well - are looking for the wrong kind of entertainment.
"I've got women calling me all the time. Young ones, too, like weird goths with chains and stuff. I've had enough psycho women in my life already. That's why I'm divorced."
So what kind of requests DOES Wrinkles accept? Well, for a few hundred dollars, he'll have no problem striking fear into the clown-fearing heart of your misbehaving 12-year-old.
"[One boy] was scared of clowns, and I showed up across the street from him at the bus stop and he just started crying in front of his friends and ran home. His mother called back a few days later and said 'Thank you!' Now when he acts bad, she just has to ask him: 'Do you want Wrinkles to come back?'"
So now I want to know:
Would you ever hire a clown like Wrinkles to prank one of your friends? How about to 'scare straight' your troublemaking child? Is this hilarious or actually kind of cruel?
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