Apparently some people really hate Ronald McDonald.
Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, VT, has been struck by vandals with an affinity for harming the big clown.
On three separate fall nights, the fiberglass statue of the character that sits on a bench on the property has been hit. The culprits have cut off its feet with a saw, burned the statue’s face, and knocked its head off with what they believe was a cinder block. The damaged head was reportedly found in a dumpster near the town’s waterfront.
According to Kristine Bickford, executive director of the Burlington facility, what’s left of the statue has been put into a storage area. They have filed an insurance claim to replace the $7,500 statue, but there has reportedly been no response yet from the insurance company.
The Ronald McDonald House is a global network of facilities that provide a low- or no-cost place to stay for families of seriously ill children who have come to get vital medical care at specialty hospitals. Some families have come from a few miles away, while others have come from across time zones. This allows the family to stay together and give their full focus to the child’s treatment.
There are no surveillance cameras trained on the bench, so there is no footage available to try to catch these vandals.