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Enough already! Even Ronald McDonald has had it with creepy clowns

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, file photo, Ronald McDonald waves to the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York. McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise. McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change. The move comes after a rash of hoaxes and pranks about scary clown sightings around the country, which have forced police to check for real threats. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

The "Killer Clown" craze has spread to Britain, where police fear it will spike in the run-up to Halloween, and true clowns are beginning to speak out. The police have been called to several incidents around the country involving pranksters dressed as scary clowns who jump out and frighten people — in some cases, reportedly brandishing knives. British clowns said they wanted to defend the reputation of their profession in the face of the craze, which started in the United States.

The joke now has gone a little bit too far.

Andy the Clown, who has been a full-time clown for 10 years

The clown rage, which started with the circus characters sneaking out of the woods in parts of the rural Carolinas, has even the most popular personalities on edge, including fast-food icon Ronald McDonald. The restaurant chain announced Tuesday that, with reports of creepy clowns on the rise, Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile.

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Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald is a clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain. In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids.

2016 clown sightings

The 2016 clown sightings, referred to in various regions by names such as"panic","uprising","craze","invasion" and the like, are a series of evil clown sightings reported in the United States and to a lesser extent other Western countries since August 2016.