A man dressed in a clown costume was arrested early Tuesday after Waffle House employees caught him smoking methamphetamine at the counter.
An employee called police about 4:40 a.m. to report the incident, and officers said they arrived and found the beclowned man locked in a bathroom stall, reported the Athens Banner-Herald.
“It was slow that night,” an employee told The Daily Beast. “He was fully dressed as a clown. I couldn’t believe it. But you see some weird stuff in downtown Athens.”
Officers got a key to the restroom from employees and arrested 25-year-old Jacob Worthington, who was wearing a clown suit and admitted to having a knife.
Police took the weapon and brought Worthington out to the dining area, where they said he admitted that he had smoked meth from a pipe left sitting on the counter.
Officers searched Worthington, and they said they found LSD wrapped in foil and some rolling papers.
His book bag contained a jar of psychedelic mushrooms and a jar of marijuana, as well as a digital scale and gold box that contained still more pot and unidentified white powder, police said.
Worthington was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II narcotics, possession of Schedule I and II narcotics and possession of drug-related objects.
The newspaper reported that Worthington, a Gainesville native, had been deployed about seven years ago to Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Army’s 310 Psychological Operations Company.
“The frown of a clown brings down everyone around yet between me and you the most happy clowns are blue this is true for the best thing to do is to avoid them all together,” Worthington wrote in a 2014 Facebook post.
He remains held at the Clarke County Jail on $8,500 bond.