Here's Why This Man Felt It Was Fine To Wear ISIS Costume In Crowded Mall

Hindsight is always 20/20, and that’s especially true when it comes to poor decisions. Mistakes are perfectly normal occurrences, and they actually amount to a big old learning opportunity.

Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with digging through the error of their ways to get to the bottom of where they went wrong. As such, these folks are inclined to continue making completely avoidable errors. It sounds like we can include this man in that category.

As AWM shares, Hugo Mendoza attended the Monster Mash Bash at the Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska in celebration of Halloween. He was in attendance with his girlfriend and two daughters, as well as a number of other families that were in a festive spirit. However, the mood turned rather sour at the sight of Mendoza’s costume.

Mendoza would attend the event dressed as an ISIS-inspired fighter. His costume featured a black hooded robe, and he was carrying around a fake gun and a duffel bag. A number of folks were understandably freaked out at the sight of a man dressed as if he was about to inflict serious damage on a crowded mall.

One woman was so disturbed that she snapped his pic and tracked down mall security. Alas, Mendoza would hightail it out of there before security could have a chat with him. It would appear as if he suddenly had a light bulb moment that made him realize his costume wasn’t the best choice, but his comments after the fact suggest otherwise.

The man’s photo was shared on social media, and it quickly went viral. That inspired Mendoza to come forward to explain the reasoning behind his costume.

He alleges that it had nothing to do with terrorism, but rather that he was inspired by the 2010 movie ‘The Town.’ Alright, but what about all of the people that freaked out and had visions of ISIS at the sight of him? It doesn’t sound like he understands what they got all worked up about.

“I didn’t put nobody’s life in jeopardy, nor did I point the gun, nor did I scare little kids,” he said.

That’s all well and good, but such a questionable costume in a crowded place could certainly inspire mass panic. And it did. Mendoza acknowledges that’s what happened, but it sounds like he thinks that’s a little silly.

“I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time, it’s whatever because, I mean, it’s a costume,” he added. “They sell it for a reason.”

‘They’ sell it because they know someone will buy it. That doesn’t mean that it’s an appropriate costume, especially in this situation.

There are very real fears out there about terroristic events happening in the blink of an eye, and helping to exacerbate that fright does little in the way of improving the festive spirit. Those that refuse to learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them. We’re not optimistic that Mendoza will make better choices next Halloween.

Source: AWM
Photo: Twitter

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