- September 30, 2014

So, Three Demons Walk Into An Austin City Council Meeting…

That headline is not a joke. This happened during last week’s highly controversial Austin City Council meeting about authorizing peer-to-peer ridesharing services Uber and Lyft.

As the meeting got underway, three terrifying-looking demons suddenly walked into the chamber after having apparently been cleared by security. That’s when Texas Tribune reporter Aman Batheja snapped this photo:

As it happened, the demonic trio couldn’t have picked a better meeting to show up for. Last Thursday’s city council session was more like a six-hour marathon with standing room only. Local cab companies were angling to keep ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft out of town, but the council ended up voting in favor of the Internet-fueled ride sharing. The vote was not final, but Austin is now laying the legal groundwork for the next generation of on-demand, private transportation.

The council also approved an ordinance that encourages street-level performances and costumed actors, so long as they do not block the right-of-way wherever they set up shop — which is probably what got these colorful characters out of the house and in front of cameras in the first place.

Then again, it might actually be awesome if one of these deadites showed up the next time you order a cab.

Of course, the costumed characters were also caught on video going through the building’s metal detectors. Watch:

The demons weren’t very talkative, but one of the leading hellions looks exactly like a character prominently featured by the House of Torment, an Austin haunted house that’s pretty much always crowded around Halloween.