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Maybe because it’s close to Halloween, maybe because the world is spinning off its axis straight into hell, but creepy clowns have become the theme of Fall 2016. And I don’t just mean Donald Trump and his sons—ba-dum ching!

With the many real and fake creepy-clowns reports, it’s tempting to put on a cheap mask and join the fun. Don’t. A teen in Berlin learned this the hard way when he ran at a group of acquaintances in the street on Tuesday, dressed as a threatening clown.

The Guardian reports that the 16-year-old was also swinging a hammer, which helps to explain why a fellow teen took out a knife and stabbed him. Once he realized it was only his idiot friend trying to attack him with a hammer, he helped with first aid until medical help arrived. The teen clown was taken to the hospital, and the stabber was released to his parents.

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The Berlin police have reminded their citizenry that scaring other people, especially with threats of violence, is still a criminal offense even if you have a big red nose. Let this be a lesson to us all: IRL memes are fun until someone gets stabbed.