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Man Sparks Panic At Mall With ISIS-Inspired Halloween Costume

The biggest day of the scary season is finally here. For some folks, it marks the day to reveal the costume you’ve dedicated a substantial amount of time putting together. For others, it marks a day in which you scramble to put something together because you don’t care that much for dressing up. Regardless of which category you fall into, here’s a helpful tip to consider before you walk out the door: wearing something that may inspire mass panic is frowned upon.

While that may seem like common sense, we’ve been inspired to point that out due to this outrageous costume that a man in Nebraska thought was perfectly fine. As the New York Post shares, Hugo Mendoza came up with an ISIS-inspired Halloween costume for this year. While that will furrow some brows regardless of where you wear it, the place where he chose to strut his stuff points to some seriously misguided judgement.

Mendoza attended the Oak View Mall’s Monster Mash Bash in Omaha with his girlfriend and two daughters. He was decked out in a black robe with a hood, and he was carrying around a toy rifle and a black duffel bag for even more effect. It had an effect all right, but apparently not the one he was anticipating. Parents and kids at the event were understandably terrified, and the man wound up taking off after creating quite a stir.

Prior to Mendoza high-tailing it out of there, a concerned woman snapped his pic and alerted security. That photo made its way to social media, and it quickly went viral from that point. That would inspire Mendoza to come forward, and he claimed that his costume was actually inspired by a 2010 movie named ‘The Town.’ He would offer up some thoughts after coming forward.

“I didn’t put nobody’s life in jeopardy, nor did I point the gun, nor did I scare little kids,” he said. “I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time it’s whatever because, I mean, it’s a costume. They sell it for a reason.”

Alright. The fact that someone sells it doesn’t make it a good idea. Nevertheless, there are folks out there - like Mendoza - that provide a captive market for such things. One local mom offered up some thoughts to local station KETV, and she points out some of the obvious concerns that his choice of costume inspired.

"It was a packed place, there were kids everywhere," she said. "Anything really could have happened."

In today’s day and age, ISIS-inspired attacks can pop up anywhere and at any time. That’s especially true in places that attract a lot of people. Mendoza seems to have missed that point somewhere along the way.

"I was there to have a good time with my daughters and my girlfriend. I wasn't there to scare little kids or make people feel uncomfortable," he added.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like he had all that much fun, and it also seems that he disrupted the good vibrations for other bash attendees. But hey - they sell it for a reason, right?

Source: New York Post, Fox News Insider
Photo: Twitter

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