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Times Square Characters Upset At ‘Hostile’ Police
NEW YORK (AP) -
Some costumed characters in Times Square ripped off their mammoth heads on Tuesday, showing their real faces to protest what they call a “hostile move” by police telling tourists they don’t have to tip for photos.
The giant Elmos, Mickey Mouses, Statues of Liberty and other beloved children’s characters — mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants — held a news conference to proclaim their right to the meager survival cash.
One of their protest signs read: “We make the world smile,” and another, “Let us work.”
The crackdown followed a string of harrowing incidents in which some of the costumed characters assaulted or harassed tourists, including officers, women and children.