Gee, I don't know, why are kids afraid of clowns? A grown man hiding his identity behind makeup and an "I just ate your parents" grin that's usually reserved for the middle-school janitor your mom made you swear you'd never spend any time alone with?
Every one of these photos would fit into a police scrapbook detailing the last time a missing person was seen in public. Did any of the people in this photo realize a clown was there, or did it only show up in the negative before a pulpy meat-maw opened in the center of the store and swallowed them whole, leaving town officials to wonder why the new McDonald's was abandoned mysteriously in the night?
Kids have been off clowns since before color TV was a thing, and most today don't even know there was a time when color TV wasn't a thing. You know why Krinkles cereal doesn't exist anymore? Because of s**t like this: