Goodwill-Suncoast decided to stop selling clown costumes and accessories in its 18 retail stores, even though Halloween is just two weeks away, WFLA reports.
“We had a customer come to us who said they were really freaked out by this creepy clown phenomenon,” Chris Ward, of Goodwill-Suncoast Inc, told the channel. "We wanted to be sensitive to that so we decided to pull clown costumes from [our] stores."
The decision of Goodwill-Suncoast comes just days after shops across the U.K. were warned by police not to sell clown costumes to potential pranksters following a spate of clown-related incidents in the country. However, one store told ITV News that it was not responsible for withdrawing a "technically inoffensive item in response to a fad."