Tourists, Police, and Elmo Tangle in Times Square

Elmo in Times Square Photograph by Andrew Buron/Getty Images

Times Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. About 312,000 people walk through the area every day. It features car-free areas, tables, and chairs; a Disney Store, a Hershey’s store, and an M&M’s store; and neon lights and Broadway. It seems a play land. Naturally, people dressed as Elmo, Spider-Man, and Cookie Monster pose for pictures with tourists. But guess what? Times Square hasn’t been completely made over: A few of the colorful figures have been accused of harassing people for tips. One Spider-Man even punched a police officer who intervened in such a dispute. That doesn’t look so good.

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