Muppet crackdown in Times Square


Do these guys pay royalties to the companies that own the rights to these characters? If not, asking for money is asking for trouble. Given the amount of money mentioned in the article ($20-$40 a day) it doesn’t seem likely that they’re securing the rights.

No, not at all. They are wearing what appear to be adult size Halloween costumes, of
dubious origin.

Not that I am in support of taking away peoples right to work in one form or another - but I am a little glad about this. A couple years back when I visited Times Square I remember a particularly creepy Elmo who appeared to be feeling up every teenager he/she was posing with.

Wasn’t there a video last year of a sweary anti-semitic Elmo?

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Antisemitic Elmo went to jail last October for trying to extort $2M from the Girl Scouts and is now plying his trade at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Fun fact: He used to run a Cambodian rape porn site!

Hey I like the guy already!

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