Times Square characters behaving badly? - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Times Square characters behaving badly?

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A beautiful day like brings all the characters out in Times Square: Elmo, Mickey, Batman, Spider-Man, and the list goes on.

Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance said 52 of them were out there on Saturday and that a certain number of them are going to be creepy.

Forget creepy. Some of the characters are becoming violent. On Sunday, cops arrested Osvoldo Quiroz-Lopez who donned a cookie monster costume and then allegedly shoved a 2-year-old boy when his mother didn't pony up a tip right away after snapping a photo. He is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The Times Square Alliance provided Fox 5 with a compilation video of costumed characters acting indecently. Among the incidents caught on tape: a man dressed as Elmo on an anti-Semitic rant and another Elmo refusing to release a child until the tip is paid.

The issue is how to deal with it? The characters classify themselves as street performers and so are protected by first amendment rights.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg said the city's hands are tied.

"You have a right to dress anyway you want," he said. "It's very hard to enforce any laws, to have laws that prohibit that kind of behavior; we try to watch it as much as we can." 

Not everyone wants Elmo run out of town. Some visitors and tourists said the characters are fun. 

And the people inside the suits and behind the masks say a few bad guys are giving them all a bad name.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • New York's daring Instagrammers

    New York's daring Instagrammers

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:03:35 GMT
    Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City.
    Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City.
  • Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:32:27 GMT
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
  • Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District

    Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:39:26 GMT
    When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday.
    When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices