Elmo, Cookie Monster in trouble in NYC

Associated Press
An Elmo character poses for photos in New York's Times Square,  Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  A string of arrests in the last few months has brought unwelcome attention to the growing number of people, mostly poor immigrants, who make a living by donning character outfits, roaming Times Square and charging tourists a few dollars to pose with them in photos. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs. These so-called 'street entrepreneurs' roaming Times Square are not like the familiar children's characters we've come to love. A string of arrests in the last few months has brought unwelcome attention to the growing number of people who make a living by donning character outfits, and charging tourists a few dollars to pose with them in photos.

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