Don't tickle me! & # 39; Creepy and aggressive & # 39; costumed characters hit people without permission 24 times PER HOUR, reveals report – after the 14-year-old girl was & # 39; touched by Elmo & # 39;
- A report from the Times Square Alliance showed that costumed characters hit an average of 24 people per hour without permission
- 60% of New Yorkers have an & # 39; unpleasant interaction & # 39; had street artists or costumed characters
- Times Square implemented designated activity zones in 2016, but street artists often cross those boundaries
- Inocente Andrade-Pacheco, 54, was recently arrested for touching a 14-year-old girl in Times Square while dressed as Elmo
Street artists and costumed characters in Times Square hit an average of 24 people per hour without permission, according to a new report.
The report, published by the Times Square Alliance, reveals a lot about the costumed characters who harass tourists and residents.
Time Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, told it New York Post: & # 39; This is Times Square. Quirky is fine, but not creepy. & # 39;
A person dressed as the Incredible Hulk wraps his arms around two women in Times Square before they disentangle themselves
Two people dressed up while Elmo waits for people to pose with him for tips on Times Square in New York City
More than a third of American tourists had a complaint against the confronting costumed characters.
In the past year alone, 60 percent of New Yorkers have an & # 39; unpleasant interaction & # 39; had with the panhandlers.
22 percent of the city's inhabitants and 15 percent of the visitors stated that their bad experiences & # 39; unwanted physical contact & # 39; include.
The New York Post reported that some people saw street performers becoming aggressive during interactions.
Joni, 68, said: & # 39; Elmo character tried to touch my chest during photo and then became very agitated and hostile because I didn't offer him money right away. & # 39;
Two hawkers dressed as Micky and Minnie Mouse displace a couple on Times Square in New York City
Another person with a bad experience, Denise, 42, said: & # 39; I kept saying: & # 39; We don't want a photo, don't touch my son & # 39; but it didn't do anything. & # 39;
Nami, 36, said: & # 39; Costumed characters were NOT in the area where they should be, and many of them come to my daughter of minor age and try to stop her for photos & # 39; s. ;
Times Square has designated & # 39; activity zones & # 39; established.
While Restrained New York has reported that they have led to fewer arrests, the New York Post says costumed characters often exceed these limits.
Recently a man dressed as Elmo was accused of touching a 14-year-old girl during a photo op.
Andrade-Pacheco, 54, was dressed like Elmo in when he was accused of touching the back of a 14-year-old girl during a photo on Times Square
Inocente Andrade-Pacheco, 54, was arrested by NYPD on September 7 for alleged caress and was read on September 8.
The victim says her family asked to take a photo with Andrade-Pacheco during a visit to Times Square, but while he was posing his hands wandered to her back.
Tompkins told Pix 11: & # 39; What happened … is an example of certain characters who feel they can get away with everything. & # 39;
. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail