In Tampa Bay, Florida, the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, Thunder Bug, has been fired after using an inappropriate amount of silly string. During the hockey game on January 17th, the mascot sprayed a Boston Bruins fan and the fan wasn’t feeling it so he shoved Thunder Bug to the ground. The team believed the woman in the costume deserved the push and was let go.
In Toledo, a tax mascot chased after a couple of robbers that broke into the Liberty Tax location he was currently working at. Inside the band, a woman and man in mass demanded money, but no was buying into it because the woman had a curling iron wrapped in a cloth to look like a gun. One employee ended up grabbing a chair, hitting the man when she grabbed for $280 in the drawer and they took off causing a big scuffle. The mascot, dressed in a statue of liberty costume heard they had been robbed, so he ran after the couple. Unfortunately, they ran into an alley and he lost them, but there is a warrant out for their arrest.
Most of the times I think mascots are these cut, cuddly things that are supposed to be there to help pump up the crowd and get them excited about the game. I didn’t think things could ever get so violent or drama filled.