PROVIDENCE - He's at it again... Freaky the snowman, an idea born in East Providence, has been spooking people for two years now.
"I get in the costume, I stand on the corner... and I...
scare the crap out of people," said co-founder Brian Medeiros.
The pranks are filmed and broadcast on what's become a very
successful YouTube channel, with over 80 million views.
"The most rewarding part is the people on YouTube, the
interaction there, where people are saying how wonderful it is, we're making
people smile, making people laugh... and that's very rewarding," said co-founder Jason Lichtenberger.
Freaky is now well known across the US. Just last week he was featured on ABC's The Queen Latifah Show.
But not everyone's a fan of Freaky's antics. Last year the pranksters had a run–in with Providence Police. And if they're not careful about who they scare... they could open themselves up for legal trouble.
"I don't think there's any criminal element at all, but at
the same time once you start focusing on the elderly element, you can see how
they could look at it as a form of harassment. And harassment can be criminal
in nature," said Legal Analyst Kenneth Schreiber.
But the guys say they choose their victims carefully.
"We are very picky, we don't scare people who don't look
healthy, or older, or pregnant," said Lichtenberger.
"People might look at it as being cruel, but in reality it's fun, we're waking people up out of their 9-5 daily spunk," said Medeiros.