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Ronald McDonald to Keep Low Profile Amid Creepy Clown Sightings

The burger chain's decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country

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    In this Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, file photo, Ronald McDonald waves to the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York.

    You'll always have a friend wearing big red shoes -- after this whole creepy clown thing blows over. 

    McDonald's says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of clown sightings on the rise. 

    McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that it is being "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events" as a result of the "current climate around clown sightings in communities."

    The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired clown mascot makes appearances, and how that will change. 

    The burger chain's decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.