Everything Geraldton has received a number of questions from community members somewhat concerned as to whether or not the media hyped "clowns" are in Geraldton. Is there a group of people in Geraldton wandering around trying to scare the daylights out of people dressed as clowns?
First, I agree clowns are quite creepy. Whoever thought they were an appropriate way to entertain children was on some decent acid.
But, Geraldton folk predominantly aren't like our metro counterparts. We go fishing, camping... and hunting.
Can you imagine what a Hilux full of Gero lads would do if they spotted someone lurking around in a clown costume trying to scare people? They certainly wouldn't run away scared. Let me tell you, I'd be more concerned for the wellbeing of the clown. They're more likely to hog tie them and leave them at the cop shop than run away scared (that's if the clown is lucky).
In my opinion, there's very little chance anyone would be willing to risk their life at the moment by going outside in anything resembling a clown costume. Heck, if Maccas had Ronald McDonald visit for the day I'd suggest he get body guards.
Some numbskull thought it would be funny to start a Geraldton clown page, and from this a few people have actually become concerned for their safety.
But if the people who started the page had any idea about how the law actually works, they'd realise their anonymity is far from assured.
If you make a threat to break the law, or do something to cause people to fear for their well being, the Police are within their rights to get a court order for Facebook and your ISP to hand over identifying information. And Facebook are only all too willing to comply.
Some people are treating this like a joke, some think it's a marketing stunt for the new Stephen King "IT" movie coming soon, some think it's serious and they need to hide their kids.
But seriously, if you think you're being funny walking around in a scary clown costume now, you clearly have a death wish.
Update. Geraldton Police say they've received reports of people driving around dressed as clowns intimidating other drivers.