Remember January 2018, when Hawaii made headlines after accidentally sending a mass emergency message falsely warning its citizens that they were mere moments away from perishing in the firey blowback of an impending nuclear apocalypse?
Despite those involved facing internal reprimands, while everyone from Stephen Colbert to YouTube coding genius, Michael Reeves, absolutely dunked on Hawaii's government following its horrifying snafu ...
... it seems one state municipality failed to glean anything of value from this national tale of nuclear woe. On Friday, Texas officials learned the hard lesson that testing emergency management systems is no Child's Play, after accidentally sending out a state-wide amber alert warning citizens that a cursed Chucky doll had abducted a child, The Guardian reported.
The warning, which some Texans subscribed to the state's alerts system received three separate times, notified citizens of a 28-year-old male with red/auburn hair, blue eyes, and a race listed as "Other: Doll," wearing "blue denim overalls" and "wielding a huge kitchen knife, according to several outlets. The notification also listed that the horror icon had abducted a 5-year-old boy named Glen, who was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a black collar, a callback to 2004's Seed of Chucky, which introduces Glen as Chucky's child.
Alongside this information, which also included photos of the famous dolls, the state also listed an address approximately 130 miles southeast of Dallas as the address the demonic duo had last been seen. When the New York Times called a number associated with the address on Wednesday, a woman, clearly over this entire fiasco, picked up, saying "Yes, I'm aware" of the situation before immediately hanging up. Same, lady, same.
Although state officials didn't offer any specific information regarding the number of people who received the alarming alert or how, exactly, the very 80's warning landed on the digital devices of several Texans, they maintain the message was the "result of a test malfunction," according to the American publication. "We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again," the department said in a statement.
Yet even with this clarification, Chucky's creator, Don Mancini took to Twitter to share his concern for the homicidal toy and his son. "PLEASE FIND THEM,@TiffnyMovieStar AND I ARE FRANTIC," he wrote, alongside an image of the alert. It's been a long month, folks.
Even amid this Chucky chaos, remember, it could be worse -- although many Texans were likely alarmed about the prospects of a murderous Chucky doll on the loose, at least they weren't led to believe they were moments away from dying in an imminent nuclear apocalypse. Emergency alert management -- it's actually important, Hawaii.