Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder kicked off his “Grim Reaper Death Tour” at Miramar Beach in Walton County, Fla., on Friday, after teasing the stunt on Twitter last month.
The soft-spoken lawyer showed up in a full grim reaper outfit, complete with gloves, an all-black mask and a plastic scythe.
“I’m here today to try to make a point that we need to — I think it’s premature that we open our beaches,” Uhlfelder said, in an interview with ABC 13 at the beach on Friday.
“It’s too soon and it’s not appropriate,” he said.
Uhlfelder gave the interview while dressed as the grim reaper, then stood menacingly behind the reporter after handing back the microphone.
Uhlfelder is using his May beach tour to raise money for any Democrats who run against sitting Republicans in Florida. He also hopes that his stunt will raise awareness about the importance of social distancing.
“Nobody is a bigger advocate of public access to state beaches than me — I love our beaches — it’s one of the reasons I choose to live here,” Uhlfelder said in a news release. “But we must act in a thoughtful and sensible manner.”
Many beach-goers were not happy to see a spectre of death marching along the shore on Friday, and several of them told him to get lost.
“I think he should go somewhere else because he don’t belong here,” local resident Al DeAngelis told WKRG.
Gary Winthrop, 18, said the grim reaper was ruining his first visit to the beach since COVID-19 cut his spring break short.
“I don’t think it’s cool,” he said.
The man dressed as Death said he’s more concerned with saving lives than being popular.
“If this can get one person to take this more seriously, then I feel I’ve done what I can,” he said.
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