A cloaked figure, wandering about Gastonia, NC is alarming the good folks at an apartment complex off Hudson Boulevard, who don’t appreciate that this meathead visitor is depositing various cuts of raw beef and pork on the community playground. Not sure why social media photos of this meandering, mutton tossing buffoon are going viral, but folks in NC appear to be creeped out.
Writes CNN on Aug. 25: “Used to be, back in the day, a fella would show up on your door all dressed in white and bring you fresh milk. These days? We get the creepy, cloaked raw-meat delivery…thing.”
A cultist trying to summon some fictional meat-eating specter? Emperor Palpatine out for a stroll? A Harry Potter wannabe testing out a Halloween costume? Or just some dullard doing the floor-length, hooded thing so that social media might just make him into a three-and-a-half minute celebrity.
“A cloaked figure in North Carolina was photographed leaving raw meat near a playground. So sleep isn’t happening now,” one Twitter user posted.
Gender unknown, identity unknown, some are speculating that this pale, cloaked figure is trying to poison poo-dropping pet dogs, thus donning the all-black mantle to conceal their identity.
While most are just laughing it off, those who live nearby are genuinely concerned about the motives of the veiled stranger. “I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious,” local Brooke Conrad said. “We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people.”
Lance Calhoun, the director of operations for Southwood Realty, which owns the apartment, said: “We don’t know if it’s one of our residents with an interesting way of presenting themselves, or if it’s a trespasser.”
Police are aware of the reports, and have said that they cannot confirm that the figure appears from the nearby woods. “There’s no validation that it was Hudson Woods. It could have come from anywhere. We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” said Donna Lahser, spokeswoman with the Gastonia Police Department.
Adds local newspaper The Gaston Gazette: “Some online commenters suggested the cloaked person was performing a Pagan ritual. If that is true, there’s no reason to feel threatened, according to Heather Darnell with Piedmont Pagan Pride. A Pagan person may make offerings while wearing a cloak, but there would be nothing violent about it, she said, and it likely wouldn’t be done in an apartment complex during the day.”
“We do it privately. It’s not for public consumption,” Darnell said.
Good to know that not all cloaked beings are attention hogs. What do you think the Gastonia figure is up to?