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(NYPost)   "Spy" mom goes under cover into the seedy world of the Times Square mascot mafia   (nypost.com) divider line 87
    More: Interesting, Times Square, Sesame Street character, costumed characters, Minnie Mouse, hand signals  
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2013-04-15 11:56:19 AM  
There is no mascot mafia.
 
2013-04-15 12:01:41 PM  
Costume Nostra
 
2013-04-15 12:32:08 PM  
I thought they were just child molesters
 
2013-04-15 12:32:37 PM  
I thought Disney were complete Nazi's when it came to their trademarks.  Like you can't even sell a cake with a Mickey Mouse on it.  Go ahead  Walt sick your lawyers on these assholes.
 

/Godwined
 
2013-04-15 12:33:12 PM  

Sybarite: Costume Nostra



*Applause*
 
2013-04-15 12:34:01 PM  
Hot cosplay girl thread?
 
2013-04-15 12:34:32 PM  
Anyone who's been to any urban tourist spot should know this stuff.

New Orleans springs to mind as a place particularly full of these types.
 
2013-04-15 12:34:50 PM  
FTFA:

After her daughter posed with the man, who was in a dingy Elmo suit, the Sesame Street character held out his tip bag and implored, "Tips! Tips! Money! Money!"
Our reporter told Elmo she didn't have any cash - but the pushy mascot refused to give up, following her and haranguing her for cash.
"Money! Money! Money!" Elmo persisted.


It's so much better when you read those part's in Elmo's annoying voice.
 
2013-04-15 12:36:26 PM  
I dont see beating the shiat out of these people as unreasonable.
 
2013-04-15 12:37:21 PM  
I hear the yhave the same problem in Rome with guys dressed as gladiators around the coliseum
 
2013-04-15 12:37:22 PM  
I work a block away from Time Square and no question about it these dudes are evil and creepy. They wave and block tourists, then when they're real close they tell you their prices and they sound like a mix between Machete and Willem Dafoe.

And what's worse is that it seemed that originally they were all migrant workers, now they look like real people who actually have a real life/jobs.
 
2013-04-15 12:40:44 PM  
parts, not part's
 
2013-04-15 12:42:56 PM  
posing with masked strangers on the streets of tourist-filled cities? gee who thought that'd be harmless?
 
2013-04-15 12:43:23 PM  

groppet: I hear the yhave the same problem in Rome with guys dressed as gladiators around the coliseum



Because when you owe money to an Italian, you always pay up.  Capisce?
 
2013-04-15 12:43:30 PM  
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Your favourite cartoon characters, begging for tips
 
2013-04-15 12:44:06 PM  
You can't walk six inches on the Las Vegas strip without running into one of these idiots, they're literally everywhere.
 
2013-04-15 12:44:24 PM  

FullMetalPanda: Hot cosplay girl thread?



Google "Ivy Doomkitty".

/You'll thank me.
 
2013-04-15 12:45:45 PM  

LegacyDL: And what's worse is that it seemed that originally they were all migrant workers, now they look like real people who actually have a real life/jobs.


Oh, it's the soft racism that kills me...
 
2013-04-15 12:45:56 PM  

dahuka: Anyone who's been to any urban tourist spot should know this stuff.

New Orleans springs to mind as a place particularly full of these types.


N.O. is rife with methheads painting themselves silver and claiming to be performance artists.
 
2013-04-15 12:47:37 PM  

spman: You can't walk six inches on the Las Vegas strip without running into one of these idiots, they're literally everywhere.



I kind of wanted to have my picture taken with the Alan (The Hangover) lookalike in front of Caesar's.  Unfortunately, I was running late, and didn't have time to stop.

Also:

In front of Caesar's, I also saw a poorly dressed Spider-Man and Batman sitting next to each other.....and I assume they were friends....possibly more.  Why?  Because Spider-Man was helping Batman pick out one of his boogers....I shiat you not.
 
2013-04-15 12:48:12 PM  

jaybeezey: N.O. is rife with methheads painting themselves silver and claiming to be performance artists.


Yes and dumbass tourists will "tip" them and ignore the talented street musician halfway down the block.
 
2013-04-15 12:48:52 PM  
Reminds me of shuttle drivers at the airport whom basically hijack my luggage and then get pissy when I don't tip them.  I never asked you to pick up my luggage and move it 3 feet, I'm perfectly capable myself and now you'reexpected a tip for all your hard work.
 
2013-04-15 12:49:45 PM  
When you said undercover i was expecting her to have donned a costume and infiltrated them to take them down, not just ya know, sit around and be observant. that's not really undercover
 
2013-04-15 12:50:53 PM  
Rule #1 for survival in Manhattan or any major city, while walking around:  Don't gawk at (or talk to) anything.

/It's survival, in the City

/now has Joe Walsh/Eagles ear worm
 
2013-04-15 12:51:07 PM  
What's the difference between these costumed beggars harassing & threatening people to give them money and a non-costumed one, in the eyes of the law?  So its perfectly legal to follow people around and *almost* mug them?  I find that hard to believe.
 
2013-04-15 12:51:26 PM  

The_Sponge: There is no mascot mafia.


Great next you will be telling us that there is no Illuminati or Easter bunny.
 
2013-04-15 12:52:16 PM  

gittlebass: When you said undercover i was expecting her to have donned a costume and infiltrated them to take them down, not just ya know, sit around and be observant. that's not really undercover


Same.

Story is lazy.

Spy Mom is lazy.
 
2013-04-15 12:52:21 PM  

jaybeezey: N.O. is rife with methheads painting themselves silver and claiming to be performance artists.


I wouldn't have thought that methheads could stand still that long.
 
2013-04-15 12:54:03 PM  

SoupJohnB: Rule #1 for survival in Manhattan or any major city, while walking around:  Don't gawk at (or talk to) anything.

/It's survival, in the City

/now has Joe Walsh/Eagles ear worm


You left out dont point.
 
2013-04-15 12:55:18 PM  

The_Sponge: There is no mascot mafia.


No, its just a bunch of south american illegal immigrants living on the edge of the system.
 
2013-04-15 12:57:46 PM  
i48.tinypic.com

Where the 'mascot mafia' hang out.
 
2013-04-15 12:58:14 PM  

jaybeezey: dahuka: Anyone who's been to any urban tourist spot should know this stuff.

New Orleans springs to mind as a place particularly full of these types.

N.O. is rife with methheads painting themselves silver and claiming to be performance artists.


and thugs asking "i bet i know where you got your shoes"
 
2013-04-15 12:59:45 PM  

spman: You can't walk six inches on the Las Vegas strip without running into one of these idiots, they're literally everywhere.


Wow, that must be a new thing.  I don't think I've ever seen them, but its probably been 2 years since I walked the strip at night.  Now, lines of 20+ latino immigrants, wearing bright colored T-Shirts and shoving business cards for escort services at you, that's been going on for quite a while.
 
2013-04-15 01:00:22 PM  

The_Sponge: FullMetalPanda: Hot cosplay girl thread?
Google "Ivy Doomkitty".
/You'll thank me.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-15 01:02:42 PM  
Torch'em.
 
2013-04-15 01:04:40 PM  

under a mountain: I thought Disney were complete Nazi's when it came to their trademarks.  Like you can't even sell a cake with a Mickey Mouse on it.  Go ahead  Walt sick your lawyers on these assholes.
 

/Godwined


There's no money in it.  The folks in the costumes probably have little else to their name.  Even if they decided to pick one to go after a dozen more would be there the next day.

The best thing they could do to help protect their trademark is to donate heavily to the retirement fund and ask nicely to have them picked up for various misdemeanors.
 
2013-04-15 01:05:37 PM  
Why wouldn't you assume that they work for tips?? Does she think that these people are just sooooo excited to take pictures with children they stand around all day in a costume, just waiting to make someone's day? I would assume that they would want cash, and then decide if it was worth it. The confusion escapes me, like those people that go out to eat and are confused by tipping. Yes, tipping is voluntary, but it is customary, so you may assume that one who feels that they are owed a customary tip, will,understandingly, be an ass about it when you don't cooperate. I don't condone the behavior, but I think she's an idiot to be confused by it.
 
2013-04-15 01:11:47 PM  

rogue_L_chick: Why wouldn't you assume that they work for tips?? Does she think that these people are just sooooo excited to take pictures with children they stand around all day in a costume, just waiting to make someone's day? I would assume that they would want cash, and then decide if it was worth it. The confusion escapes me, like those people that go out to eat and are confused by tipping. Yes, tipping is voluntary, but it is customary, so you may assume that one who feels that they are owed a customary tip, will,understandingly, be an ass about it when you don't cooperate. I don't condone the behavior, but I think she's an idiot to be confused by it.


Forcing their services upon you (by picking up your children if they wander too close) and then expect compensation is the issue.
 
2013-04-15 01:12:28 PM  
anyone who gets their picture taken is pretty damn naive to think these people aren't there to make money. Like Children's Television Workshop would send a bunch of people out on the same corner in filthy Elmo costumes with painted mini-basketballs for eyes. But it is horribly annoying. I think the tourists piss me off more than the people in the costumes.
The "rappers with "free cds" are worse. I've watched them. They try to hand you a CD. It's always a dumb tourist who takes one, then the guy shakes them down for a "donation", or the other move is that he'll autograph it, and say that now that it's signed, he has to buy it, or some crap like that. Like an autographed CD from some guy so desperate that he has to hand his CD out on the street is something of value.

But there is one group of guys that I dislike even more than the mascots, or the CD guys. I've watched these guys prey on tourists, for whom getting their face on camera with a sign on the Today Show is the absolute greatest accomplishment they will ever achieve in their lives. Thee are these guys who "give away" FDNY hats to tourists. They strike up a nice conversation with these tourists "where you from? oh really? blah blah blah". Then they go into this spiel and hand the tourists these hats, and the tourists eyes light up. "Wow! How nice" Then the shakedown for a "donation" happens, and you see the tourists deflate like dying balloons. Sometimes they pay, most of the time they hand the hats back and walk away pissed. I watched it happen every day on my walk to work, waiting at the crosswalk next to the Today Show, and it's pretty low. I hate it, and every time I see another group of gullible flyover staters get suckered in I just shake my head.
 
2013-04-15 01:13:17 PM  

Ed Grubermann: The_Sponge: FullMetalPanda: Hot cosplay girl thread?
Google "Ivy Doomkitty".
/You'll thank me.

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DAT ASS
 
2013-04-15 01:13:35 PM  

earthworm2.0: I dont see beating the shiat out of these people as unreasonable.


I would love to beat up Elmo in front of my kids and take the head as a trophy.

"When we get home, you're. cleaning. your. room."

Although I think if you did take one of them out, the rest would jump you.  Someone would film the entire thing and that would be you on Youtube and Fark as "guy gets beaten up by 30 Disney mascots"
 
2013-04-15 01:15:14 PM  
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

I'm not saying this issue should be a priority, but you should rank it above tobacco, salt, large sodas, and firearms.

Sincerely,

The_Sponge
 
2013-04-15 01:18:14 PM  

theMagni: earthworm2.0: I dont see beating the shiat out of these people as unreasonable.

I would love to beat up Elmo in front of my kids and take the head as a trophy.

"When we get home, you're. cleaning. your. room."

Although I think if you did take one of them out, the rest would jump you.  Someone would film the entire thing and that would be you on Youtube and Fark as "guy gets beaten up by 30 Disney mascots"


South Park taught me how to deal with that scenario.
 
2013-04-15 01:18:21 PM  

rogue_L_chick: Why wouldn't you assume that they work for tips?? Does she think that these people are just sooooo excited to take pictures with children they stand around all day in a costume, just waiting to make someone's day? I would assume that they would want cash, and then decide if it was worth it. The confusion escapes me, like those people that go out to eat and are confused by tipping. Yes, tipping is voluntary, but it is customary, so you may assume that one who feels that they are owed a customary tip, will,understandingly, be an ass about it when you don't cooperate. I don't condone the behavior, but I think she's an idiot to be confused by it.


In Hollywood, they got me and I just assumed they were part of Grummans or the movie company or something.  Some pirate dude handed my 11 year old son a sword and had a duel.  I took some pictures, said thanks and started to leave.  He starts following me with the whole we do this for tips bla bla bla.   I really thought it was sponsored by the movie or something like that so I can see how people can be confused.  Once.
 
2013-04-15 01:20:44 PM  
...and masked menaces holding children until they get paid.

I'm a pretty nice guy, but that would set off my dad rage and I'd beat the living hell out of Elmo for doing that.
 
GBB
2013-04-15 01:23:24 PM  

rogue_L_chick: Why wouldn't you assume that they work for tips?? Does she think that these people are just sooooo excited to take pictures with children they stand around all day in a costume, just waiting to make someone's day? I would assume that they would want cash, and then decide if it was worth it. The confusion escapes me, like those people that go out to eat and are confused by tipping. Yes, tipping is voluntary, but it is customary, so you may assume that one who feels that they are owed a customary tip, will,understandingly, be an ass about it when you don't cooperate. I don't condone the behavior, but I think she's an idiot to be confused by it.


Who knows?  Maybe they work for near by tourist traps and their job is to advertise for the business.  Taking pics with tourists could be part of that job.

When I was 17, I went on a flight and was dropped off curb-side at the airport.  Nice guy who worked for the airport grabbed my bags, put tags on them and pointed me in the right direction.  He then followed me.  I had no clue why.  He wanted a tip.  I didn't know that porters were not actual airport or airline employees.

I knew that the resturants down here in Orlando let people go table-to-table making balloon animals for kids or taking pictures for tips and I always turned them down.  Damn near got into a fist fight because a guy came up to my table and said "Let me take your picture" and then demanded $10 for it.  I told him I didn't want it.  He asked why I let him take my picture.  I told him, "You're the one holding the camera.  I can't control what you take a picture of.  Besides, you didn't ask if I wanted it."

Tourists and travelers are taken advantage of at every turn.  Fark that.  If you masquerade as an employee of a business, then your services should be covered by whatever fees I'm paying to begin with.  Tips should be purely optional, not mandatory.  If you live off tips, you should make that apparent with a sign or an open jar or fliped over hat.  And if you do something for me without my approval, then thanks for your charity.
 
2013-04-15 01:24:14 PM  

SuburbanCowboy: Like Children's Television Workshop would send a bunch of people out on the same corner in filthy Elmo costumes with painted mini-basketballs for eyes


The Children's Television Workshop should send out lawyers with children to "tip" these guys with cease and desist letters.
 
2013-04-15 01:24:53 PM  

Whatthefark: ...and masked menaces holding children until they get paid.

I'm a pretty nice guy, but that would set off my dad rage and I'd beat the living hell out of Elmo for doing that.


Its arguably kidnapping. Seriously, you don't mess with someone's kid like that. I'm surprised they are getting that bold; more surprised they don't get arrested for it.
 
2013-04-15 01:25:55 PM  

ShawnDoc: spman: You can't walk six inches on the Las Vegas strip without running into one of these idiots, they're literally everywhere.

Wow, that must be a new thing.  I don't think I've ever seen them, but its probably been 2 years since I walked the strip at night.  Now, lines of 20+ latino immigrants, wearing bright colored T-Shirts and shoving business cards for escort services at you, that's been going on for quite a while.


That. I haven't been in at least a few years but I don't remember the costume dudes. People shoving coupons and cards everywhere, but walking with your hands in your pocket takes care of that.
 
2013-04-15 01:32:23 PM  
Blame this guy.

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