Send in the Clowns: Tampa Police Arrest Teen For Wearing Clown Mask in Public

Police in Tampa, Florida appear to have clown issues from their youth. Matthew David Lopez, 18, was arrested for wearing a clown mask in public. (The picture is some other clown).

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Now, for the record, I was always scared of the clowns at the circus. However, some cities have passed laws criminalizing the wearing of masks or hoods that raise serious constitutional questions.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

On this occasion, a deputy spotted Lopez wearing a clown mask with red-orange hair around 1:00 pm. The teens took off when the officer tried to make contact with them.

Just when I’d stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Lopez was charged with wearing a mask or hood in public and resisting an officer without violence.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want –
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Quick, send in the clowns.

Of course, Florida police are lucky. Minneapolis police are dealing with an infestation of zombies and would love a few clowns, here.

What a surprise.
Who could foresee
I’d come to feel about you
What you’d felt about me?
Why only now when i see
That you’d drifted away?
What a surprise.
What a cliché.

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Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother – they’re here.

Here is something to soothe Lopez’s clown-raged soul. As always, Sinatra did it best:

125 thoughts on “Send in the Clowns: Tampa Police Arrest Teen For Wearing Clown Mask in Public”

  1. And lets not omit the fact that here, hours after its all ended, and professor Turley has asked for an end to it, we see the real instigators rear their ugly heads once more, and start it right back up again.

    Thus in spite of all the self righteous pompous protests and whimpering by you two for an end to it, we see now that I was right about you two all along.

    😐

    You just can’t let it go.

  2. Nor did it include an apology from you for lying about the poll, as well as the fact that you were talking about conspiracy theorists even though you adamantly denied it.

  3. ” I made another comment on the Maryland thread, basically hoping for an apology for calling me a jackass and calling everyone else names as well.” – Byron

    Funny that comment didn’t include calling for everyone else to apologize for insulting me without cause.

  4. “You would do well to remember the words of Seneca, “No man can wear a mask for very long.”” – mespo727272

    Gee, I dunno bout that.

    You’ve done pretty good at it so far.

  5. Mespo:

    it has already been retracted. I made another comment on the Maryland thread, basically hoping for an apology for calling me a jackass and calling everyone else names as well.

    It was rejected out of hand, and I was again called names. I just intend to stay clear. It took all of about 10 minutes for the mask to come off. Lesson learned.

  6. Byron:

    “Gerty:

    you are right I will extend the hand of truce and not make anymore comments if you are willing to.”

    ****************

    You would do well to remember the words of Seneca, “No man can wear a mask for very long.”

  7. Still getting used to the new Youtube…

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Mw7QwAXUs&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0]

  8. Dammit, can’t we have a good old fashion clown bashin’ music finding thread without this crap popping up?

    The little scroll wheel in my mouse is getting worn out.


  9. Hows about a salad, no mammels involved in that!” – Canadian Eh

    You mean mammals? lol

    Yea that’s true but I’ve heard some people talk to their plants.

  10. Steak, slap it on the ass, knock its horns off and put it on my plate. Warm enough for me.

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