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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)

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)

Elmo, Cookie Monster in trouble in NYC

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.