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Boston Man Breaking Into College Bros’ Homes to Tickle Their Feet in the Night

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NOT a laughing matter

A hooded man has been breaking into male students’ homes at Boston College to tickle their feet in the middle of the night, according to Boston PD.

While we could be flip about a super villain by the name of The Tickler —”This is no myth,” Sergeant Michael O’Hara told boston.com, “It’s happening.”—we won’t be. Because it’s legitimately terrifying.

For two years, the Tickler—described as a 5’8″ black male in dark clothing, a hoodie and on special occasions a “Gator-style mask”—has been haunting the campus, hitting up to three rooms in a night. There are no thefts and he’s usually gone by the time giggling has kicked in.

I thought my friend was just trying to annoy me, but I soon realized it wasn’t anyone I knew,” said Daniel Marenzi, who’s feet were targeted in October. “I freaked out and sat up but he was already on the way out.”


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