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Sacramento waiter turns to Ebola for Halloween inspiration

Gavin Faulkner, server at Capitol Garage downtown, shows off his homemade Ebola costume at a Halloween event. Debates have ensued nationwide about whether such costumes are in good taste.
Gavin Faulkner, server at Capitol Garage downtown, shows off his homemade Ebola costume at a Halloween event. Debates have ensued nationwide about whether such costumes are in good taste. scaiola@sacbee.com

Ebola-themed Halloween costumes have stirred controversy on social media in the weeks leading up to the Friday event. Local stores report they are sold out of hazmat suits. A Sacramento waiter was spotted in full protective garb and goggles while working at Capitol Garage on Tuesday night.

Gavin Faulkner, who was dressed up to serve at the restaurant’s vegan murder mystery dinner, said he put his costume together at Home Depot using a painting jumpsuit, rubber gloves, plastic goggles and a safety mask. He painted “CDC” on the back, and placed a Tyvek sticker on the front.

“Everybody likes it,” he said of the costume. “I know it’s a very serious thing that’s going on and it shouldn’t be joked about. But here I am joking about it … I just think of it as people dressing up as their worst nightmares.”

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

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