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2014-08-12 08:48:35 AM  
Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.
 
2014-08-12 09:05:21 AM  

jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against?


The MAN, man!

And "Costumed Miscreants" would be a solid band name.
 
2014-08-12 09:05:50 AM  
Fark these people, yes. But, fark the Naked Cowboy, too. Fark the Naked Cowgirls and the painted naked showgirls, too.
 
2014-08-12 09:18:18 AM  
If you take a picture with them, tip them, how hard is that. If you don't want to tip them, ignore them.
 
2014-08-12 09:26:27 AM  

jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.


I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.
 
2014-08-12 09:31:23 AM  
A union? Against whom are they collectively bargaining? This would be a guild or a trade association at best.
 
2014-08-12 09:33:34 AM  
No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better
 
2014-08-12 09:35:04 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-08-12 09:42:34 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


This idea has merit
 
2014-08-12 09:49:38 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


i2.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-12 09:50:32 AM  

AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better


I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.
 
2014-08-12 09:52:34 AM  

what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.


There's a million other things to see and do.
 
2014-08-12 09:53:48 AM  

AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.


New York's alright if you like saxophones.
 
2014-08-12 10:04:32 AM  

AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better


Yeah but where other than the Time Square Sbarro are you going to get authentic NY pizza???
 
2014-08-12 10:11:05 AM  

kronicfeld: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Yeah but where other than the Time Square Sbarro are you going to get authentic NY pizza???


Famous Ray's of course... they have one or two around the area.
 
2014-08-12 10:23:30 AM  
I too say let them do it.

If they unionize, the people who own the characters these guys are using will have someone to sue when it turns out the guy in the Spider Man suit isn't paying for the right.
 
2014-08-12 10:25:34 AM  
The Justice Union.
 
2014-08-12 10:44:50 AM  
The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy. Otherwise I just ignore them.
 
2014-08-12 10:47:38 AM  

kronicfeld: A union? Against whom are they collectively bargaining? This would be a guild or a trade association at best.


A guild...of calamitous intent.
 
2014-08-12 10:49:30 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


That's.....beautiful.
 
2014-08-12 10:50:08 AM  

kronicfeld: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Yeah but where other than the Time Square Sbarro are you going to get authentic NY pizza???


Dominos.
 
2014-08-12 10:50:40 AM  

James!


The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2014-08-12 10:52:25 AM  
Welll maybe you can't ban them, but you could still punch them, right?
 
2014-08-12 10:52:28 AM  

unlikely: I too say let them do it.

If they unionize, the people who own the characters these guys are using will have someone to sue when it turns out the guy in the Spider Man suit isn't paying for the right.


Yup, they would then be no longer be able to hide behind fair use and be subject to licensing fees as a for profit enterprise.
 
2014-08-12 10:52:28 AM  

Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.


Or get pushed in front of the subway.
 
2014-08-12 10:53:39 AM  

abhorrent1: Welll maybe you can't ban them, but you could still punch them, right?


isopropyl alcohol  and a lighter.
 
2014-08-12 10:54:11 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: James!

The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

[farm6.staticflickr.com image 460x460]


Wait... what if it isn't a guy with a cat on his head but a cat with a man on his butt?
 
2014-08-12 10:54:17 AM  
"The costumed characters who have overrun Times Square, posing for pictures with tourists, say they're just trying to make an honest buck, and hope for warmer, fuzzier treatment from the city and its police force. "

It's the NYPD.  Considering the level of annoyance they cause they should be thankful they get to walk home at the end of the day under their own power.
 
2014-08-12 10:54:21 AM  
I wonder if the trademark owners (Disney et al) will be more inclined to put the hammer down if they are trying to go legit.

I mean, some mexican in a homemade suit by himself isn't worth it for pursuing claims, but once they all band together and have a common organization, now its something to go after.
 
2014-08-12 10:54:43 AM  
There's an easy way to solve this. Stop travelling to New York.

Seriously. 

Put a dent in their tourism dollars. The tourism bureau will see it as a reaction to the nutbar unionization, and work harder to kick their asses out. 

Also, stop travelling to New York anyway, because it's shiat.
 
2014-08-12 10:55:14 AM  
I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.
 
2014-08-12 10:55:45 AM  

vharshyde: stop travelling to New York anyway, because it's shiat.


Stopped in the 80s before it was hip not to go.
 
2014-08-12 10:56:01 AM  

vudukungfu: abhorrent1: Welll maybe you can't ban them, but you could still punch them, right?

isopropyl alcohol  and a lighter.


Well I'm not sure I'd want to seriously injure them. Just enough to let the aggressive ones know that they need to farking back off.
 
2014-08-12 10:56:04 AM  
I am surprised they just don't let the NYPD claim an open season on them. They are usually pretty good at indiscriminate gunfire, so if a few of them got taken out, what is the harm when there are so many spares?
 
2014-08-12 10:56:36 AM  

LemSkroob: I wonder if the trademark owners (Disney et al) will be more inclined to put the hammer down if they are trying to go legit.


Considering how many of the corporations have benefited by the cleaning up of that area I can see how some trademark enforcement would make this all go away.
 
2014-08-12 10:56:40 AM  
Sounds like they're already a union to me.
 
2014-08-12 10:56:40 AM  
I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?
 
2014-08-12 10:56:53 AM  

Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.


Shhh, the SNL studio will be destroyed again.
 
2014-08-12 10:57:38 AM  
I tip Colin Huggins, the dude who plays a grand piano in Washington Square Park.

/consumed miscreants get nada
 
2014-08-12 10:57:56 AM  

FullMetalPanda: Englebert Slaptyback: James!

The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

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Wait... what if it isn't a guy with a cat on his head but a cat with a man on his butt?


Depends on who youre paying, the cat or the man?
 
2014-08-12 10:58:32 AM  
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Unions do not work that way.
 
2014-08-12 10:59:03 AM  

vharshyde: There's an easy way to solve this. Stop travelling to New York.

Seriously. 

Put a dent in their tourism dollars. The tourism bureau will see it as a reaction to the nutbar unionization, and work harder to kick their asses out.


LOL wat

Are you being serious?
 
2014-08-12 10:59:10 AM  
I've not bothered visiting Times Square since they "cleaned" it up. Sounds to me like it was better with all the whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, and junkies.
 
2014-08-12 10:59:44 AM  

Skarekrough: LemSkroob: I wonder if the trademark owners (Disney et al) will be more inclined to put the hammer down if they are trying to go legit.

Considering how many of the corporations have benefited by the cleaning up of that area I can see how some trademark enforcement would make this all go away.


Right now, there is little the corporations can do, there is a fair use argument. If they were to form a union though they would then be classified as a for profit organization and be subject to licensing fees.
 
2014-08-12 11:00:00 AM  
I took my son to get a pic with Spongebob but the line was huge. Luckily, SB was in the store window so I told my son to go outside and press his face against the window and make it look like they won't let him in. Best character pic evah.
 
2014-08-12 11:01:10 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


It's awful, stay where you are.
 
2014-08-12 11:01:27 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


Im not sure how putting on a bad costume somehow makes them different from the other panhandlers.
 
2014-08-12 11:02:03 AM  

Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.


New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.
 
2014-08-12 11:02:32 AM  
There's a Spongebob on Hollywood Blvd that looks like when he's not at work, he sleeps under a bridge using his costume like a mattress
 
2014-08-12 11:03:02 AM  
Ok i get Elmo and Mario... thats a pretty weak ironman though, and is that one guy supposed to be a ghostbuster?

But.. what the hell is Beetlejuice doing there?!?
 
2014-08-12 11:04:03 AM  
can someone caption the picture with the two Elmos "penis goes where?" for me, please?

I'm on mobile and can't post images.
 
2014-08-12 11:04:34 AM  
A major concern for Nickelodeon and Marvel and other media corps is how these people are wearing unlicensed costumes.  Yes, they're making money off these properties, which is bad enough, but more to the point, their bad behavior - groping ladies, making kids cry, punching cops - can affect these brands.

If they unionize, they have to get their names out there on a list, and suddenly they'll get sued by teams of lawyers.  Or, they'll wind up having to pay licensing fees, which can be very expensive, and probably have to be vetted in some way.  I don't think they've thought this through.
 
2014-08-12 11:04:36 AM  

triptheory: Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.

New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.


I do hear it is alright if you like art and jazz...
 
2014-08-12 11:05:38 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.
 
2014-08-12 11:05:44 AM  

Nabb1: New York's alright if you like saxophones.


Damn straight.

/New Yorker
//Saxophonist
 
2014-08-12 11:06:10 AM  

abhorrent1: Welll maybe you can't ban them, but you could still punch them, right?


THAT'S MY PURSE; I DON'T KNOW YOU!

// not really a punchy-punchy kind of guy, but as soon as a stranger touches you, you can flip them for real, right?
 
2014-08-12 11:07:04 AM  

Tom_Slick: Skarekrough: LemSkroob: I wonder if the trademark owners (Disney et al) will be more inclined to put the hammer down if they are trying to go legit.

Considering how many of the corporations have benefited by the cleaning up of that area I can see how some trademark enforcement would make this all go away.

Right now, there is little the corporations can do, there is a fair use argument. If they were to form a union though they would then be classified as a for profit organization and be subject to licensing fees.


How is it fair use when they're profitting off the costumes?
 
2014-08-12 11:08:19 AM  
Kick A Superhero In The Nuts Today for Freedom™
 
2014-08-12 11:10:01 AM  
No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.
 
2014-08-12 11:10:51 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: James!

The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

[farm6.staticflickr.com image 460x460]


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-12 11:14:07 AM  

jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.


Do pickpockets have a union?
 
2014-08-12 11:14:17 AM  

triptheory: Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.

New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.


You live in Dallas.
 
2014-08-12 11:14:18 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


Despite the condemnation of Times Square among everyone here, it's a huge draw.  In a city so tightly packed it's one of those spots where you turn the corner to and it just opens up in a way that's hard to describe.  With it being featured so prominently in media, movies and everything else it's just something you kind of need to see once in your life, even if to say you saw it and that's it.

The costumed miscreants prey upon that.  They know people will be stopping to take pictures and they use that opportunity to be available, to insert themselves into the situation, to be pushy and get into it.  They prey upon what a polite society just doesn't do and the anonymity of wearing a costume to weasel their way in and then go for tips or fees or whatever else they want to call it.  In a sense it's a combination of panhandling and a good low-end grift.  They'll make a scene to get what they want and have no qualms about lying or being rude about it.

About 15 years ago I was in New Orleans on my Honeymoon.  Where me and the Missus were staying there was one road that we would walk that lead to most of the destinations we were heading to.  The first night there this guy stops us and does his thing....it's essentially preying on people's nature to be polite and their inevitable desire to just get them to go away, which usually costs a few bucks at his suggestion.  He makes balloon hats or whatever and asks questions and tells stories, and it's usually about 10 minutes of your time you'll never get back.

He hit us the first night and I watched him nail two other couples later that night.

The second night he steps up and starts the schpeil.  He preys upon folks unwillingness to be less than polite in a foreign city and the impression you're unwilling to show to the other person you're with.  A minute in I hand him a buck and told him to keep the hat.  He takes it and walks away without any fuss.

The third night he starts up and I just finally snapped and yelled "Would you just fark off already?"  He acted all outraged and waylaid my uncouth behavior into nailing the couple that were walking behind us.

It's a scam.  The people that do it are manipulating you.  They're preying upon politeness and the fact that you're not going to be in that city very long and want to make the most of it and wasting your time and not wanting to create a scene or piss off a local.
 
2014-08-12 11:15:03 AM  

rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.


Or when the one guy is tying it on the other is picking your pocket.
 
2014-08-12 11:15:44 AM  
I hope this goes all Matewan and then send in some Pinkertons to crush some skulls.
 
2014-08-12 11:15:54 AM  

rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.


You are in no way on the hook to pay. A small penknife does wonders and leaves a look on their face that is priceless.
 
2014-08-12 11:16:54 AM  
1. Terrible Idea On Their Part -- A single entity is far easier to legally fight, than a multitude of independents/franchisees.  Not only for the city, but for the Rights' Holders of the costumes they wear/knock off.  As soon as you set yourself up as the sole representative of dodgy-costumed freaks, the lawyers will come knocking.

2. Organizing Would Be An Improvement -- A union/guild/associations isn't going to allow any tom, dick or harry to put on a knock-off muppet costume and edge in on "their" territory.  They're also not going to tolerate someone with a bad attitude or running any side graft.  The natural inclination of the organization would be to thin out the number of "performers", standardize the experience and bounce any bad apples. Simply: they'll collectively optimize for tourists desires/dollars, which is going to involve doing a lot of the things people want done anyway.  It'll still piss off the locals, but what about Times Square doesn't piss off the locals?
 
2014-08-12 11:19:03 AM  
Next target should be the tour bus operators.
 
2014-08-12 11:19:25 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Tom_Slick: Skarekrough: LemSkroob: I wonder if the trademark owners (Disney et al) will be more inclined to put the hammer down if they are trying to go legit.

Considering how many of the corporations have benefited by the cleaning up of that area I can see how some trademark enforcement would make this all go away.

Right now, there is little the corporations can do, there is a fair use argument. If they were to form a union though they would then be classified as a for profit organization and be subject to licensing fees.

How is it fair use when they're profitting off the costumes?


Because, their claim has always been that tips are optional, despite the stories to contrary, which is why the NYPD has put up these signs. The minute they form a union that argument goes out the window.
 
2014-08-12 11:19:32 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: James!

The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

[farm6.staticflickr.com image 460x460]


Morripussy?
 
2014-08-12 11:20:03 AM  

Skarekrough: HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.

Despite the condemnation of Times Square among everyone here, it's a huge draw.  In a city so tightly packed it's one of those spots where you turn the corner to and it just opens up in a way that's hard to describe.  With it being featured so prominently in media, movies and everything else it's just something you kind of need to see once in your life, even if to say you saw it and that's it.

The costumed miscreants prey upon that.  They know people will be stopping to take pictures and they use that opportunity to be available, to insert themselves into the situation, to be pushy and get into it.  They prey upon what a polite society just doesn't do and the anonymity of wearing a costume to weasel their way in and then go for tips or fees or whatever else they want to call it.  In a sense it's a combination of panhandling and a good low-end grift.  They'll make a scene to get what they want and have no qualms about lying or being rude about it.

About 15 years ago I was in New Orleans on my Honeymoon.  Where me and the Missus were staying there was one road that we would walk that lead to most of the destinations we were heading to.  The first night there this guy stops us and does his thing....it's essentially preying on people's nature to be polite and their inevitable desire to just get them to go away, which usually costs a few bucks at his suggestion.  He makes balloon hats or whatever and asks questions and tells stories, and it's usually about 10 minutes of your time you'll never get back.

He hit us the first night and I watched him nail two other couples later that night.

The second night he steps up and starts the schpeil.  He preys upon folks unwillingness to be less than polite in a foreign city and the impression you're unwilling to show to the other person you're with.  A minute in I hand him a buck and told him to keep the hat.  He takes it and walks away without any fuss.

The third night he starts up and I just finally snapped and yelled "Would you just fark off already?"  He acted all outraged and waylaid my uncouth behavior into nailing the couple that were walking behind us.

It's a scam.  The people that do it are manipulating you.  They're preying upon politeness and the fact that you're not going to be in that city very long and want to make the most of it and wasting your time and not wanting to create a scene or piss off a local.


Sounds like you were a slow learner. Let me give you and everyone else here a tip a learned from living in Memphis, TN. Nothing good ever comes of someone walking up to you on the street. If someone says "hey" or anything else don't even register you heard something unless you want bums cadging for change with sad sack stories or scams, pick your poison.
 
2014-08-12 11:20:53 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: triptheory: Nabb1: AlwaysRightBoy: what_now: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

I go to NY maybe once or twice a year, and am most certainly a tourist. I have zero desire to go near Times Square.

I see people wandering our the touristy parts of my city taking pictures and tipping the guy in revolutionary war gear, the gold painted gargoyle, the dance troupe, the street magician etc etc.

It doesn't hurt me even a little bit.

There's a million other things to see and do.

New York's alright if you like saxophones.

New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

You live in Dallas.


I do.

I also listen to music.
 
2014-08-12 11:20:57 AM  
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I prefer when they had the pimps and the CHUD
 
2014-08-12 11:22:27 AM  

rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay.


Experienced that a few months ago for the first time in ten years, I couldn't believe how much of that is going on now. It was cool when all a once some secret signal happened and all of them just up and started running, and a few seconds later the gendarmes came flying through on bikes, with billy clubs.
 
2014-08-12 11:23:11 AM  

yequalsy: I've not bothered visiting Times Square since they "cleaned" it up. Sounds to me like it was better with all the whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, and junkies.


You forgot the rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shiat-kickers and Methodists.
 
2014-08-12 11:25:43 AM  

cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.


As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.
 
2014-08-12 11:26:51 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.

You are in no way on the hook to pay. A small penknife does wonders and leaves a look on their face that is priceless.


Having lived in Montmartre for several years until recently, I find the best tactic is to just keep walking, optimally punctuated by bellowing "Casse-toi, espèce de con!" as you pass.

/it means "fark off, you farking coont" in French
 
2014-08-12 11:27:03 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.

You are in no way on the hook to pay. A small penknife does wonders and leaves a look on their face that is priceless.


I'll have to remember that...
 
2014-08-12 11:28:11 AM  

give me doughnuts: yequalsy: I've not bothered visiting Times Square since they "cleaned" it up. Sounds to me like it was better with all the whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, and junkies.

You forgot the rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shiat-kickers and Methodists.


A hive of scum and villainy...?
 
2014-08-12 11:30:48 AM  

Fano: Nothing good ever comes of someone walking up to you on the street.


Bought my first Les Paul in the 80's for $50 from a guy that saw my concert t-shirt and long hair.  Just cold walked up to me on Comm Ave.  I thought it was probably stolen so I went and checked with the Boston PD.  No one had reported it.  I checked every few weeks for a few months.  It never came up.

I've played that axe through high school and college.  When I barely had a dime to my name it put money in my pocket from gigs, offered me solace and therapy in tough times and has recorded on a few albums over the years.  It put me on stages I never thought I would make it on and in places I never thought I would get to.

So, yeah.  No.

I don't discredit the fact that you may get hustled.  I could have that day, and I was fully willing to take the risk.  But I also think that there are alot of people having a rough go of it and for the trouble of a quick word or kind gesture it's not so taxing.

Sorry your city sucks so bad that you can't risk engaging someone in conversation.
 
2014-08-12 11:31:54 AM  

poot_rootbeer: cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.


The one that pisses me off the most isn't really the sidewalk blockers, because you can usually get past them.

What really pisses me off, and mind you, this isn't limited to tourists:

farkheads who stop at the top of the subways stair to check their phone when leaving the subway.

And,

farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly:  "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"
 
2014-08-12 11:32:32 AM  

JerseyTim: Fark the Naked Cowgirls and the painted naked showgirls, too


cdn.hotstockmarket.com
 
2014-08-12 11:33:37 AM  

yequalsy: I've not bothered visiting Times Square since they "cleaned" it up. Sounds to me like it was better with all the whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, and junkies.


Someday a real rain gentrification will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
 
2014-08-12 11:35:03 AM  

cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.


The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.
 
2014-08-12 11:35:08 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: James!

The only guy I've taken a picture of and tipped was cat on head guy.


???

[farm6.staticflickr.com image 460x460]


Came in to say your photo is not lost on me (even garnered a "HA!" and a smirk.)
 
2014-08-12 11:35:13 AM  
A female friend of mine had this happen in Vegas recently. "Spider man"  photobombed her picture, then started hitting her up for a few bucks. She told him to fark off and that he should pay her for privilege of taking a picture with her. Apparently he laughed it off and kept moving along. She said some other tourist did not come out so well and that the costumed a-holes would keep hassling them until they got a few bucks.

/csb
 
2014-08-12 11:37:54 AM  

tripleseven: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

It's awful, stay where you are.


Actually am in Paris at the moment, so I would be more then happy to stay where I am. Unfortunately, I will be leaving for the Netherlands shortly. Not to slight the Netherlands, it is also a lovely place. It's just not Paris.
 
2014-08-12 11:38:11 AM  

tripleseven: poot_rootbeer: cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.

The one that pisses me off the most isn't really the sidewalk blockers, because you can usually get past them.

What really pisses me off, and mind you, this isn't limited to tourists:

farkheads who stop at the top of the subways stair to check their phone when leaving the subway.

And,

farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly:  "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"


I dislike the groups of tourists who clump up at one end of the subway platform, near the single exit/entrance, making everyone else walk along the edge of the platform near the tracks.

To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks, that smack into someone every time they turn around.

It's like people go on vacation and they stop paying attention to their surroundings, like the part of their brain that handles spatial awareness has shriveled up and fallen out through their ears while they were on the plane.
 
2014-08-12 11:40:03 AM  

tripleseven: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

It's awful, stay where you are.


It's like Vegas, it's fun for about 3 days. I had fun at some out of the way bars, but it didn't change my life or anything.
 
2014-08-12 11:44:48 AM  

rzrwiresunrise: The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay.


Really? Under what law?

It's generally assumed in a contract that the party with more information bears the burden of a misunderstanding in terms. My understanding is that it was free. Your move.

\This is where the assumption that all Americans are armed comes in handy.
 
2014-08-12 11:47:23 AM  

tripleseven: farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly: "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"


If you just shove them down the stairs they'll never make that mistake again.

\instead, they'll block the handicapped elevator
 
2014-08-12 11:49:16 AM  
thedroidyourelookingfor.files.wordpress.com

"For the greater good..."
 
2014-08-12 11:50:18 AM  

triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.


I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.
 
2014-08-12 11:50:43 AM  
I think we're all missing the point here...

FTA:Claudia Arias, 22, who was dressed as Catwoman

We'll need to see some photographic evidence.
 
2014-08-12 11:56:18 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.


You need to base them on 80's comedies.

cromwell-intl.com
 
2014-08-12 11:56:53 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


static1.fjcdn.com
 
2014-08-12 11:58:27 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-08-12 12:00:39 PM  

Skarekrough: "The costumed characters who have overrun Times Square, posing for pictures with tourists, say they're just trying to make an honest buck, and hope for warmer, fuzzier treatment from the city and its police force. "

It's the NYPD.  Considering the level of annoyance they cause they should be thankful they get to walk home at the end of the day under their own power.


They're not making honest bucks, though. That's how the conflicts start. People don't realize they want money and the beggars know that. They only demand money after the picture is taken.
 
2014-08-12 12:00:58 PM  

big pig peaches: can someone caption the picture with the two Elmos "penis goes where?" for me, please?

I'm on mobile and can't post images.


No. Do your dumb idea when you get home
 
2014-08-12 12:03:12 PM  

tripleseven: poot_rootbeer: cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.

The one that pisses me off the most isn't really the sidewalk blockers, because you can usually get past them.

What really pisses me off, and mind you, this isn't limited to tourists:

farkheads who stop at the top of the subways stair to check their phone when leaving the subway.

And,

farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly:  "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"


Those guys are as bad as the snowboarders who decide to strap in right at the bottom of the chairlift.
 
2014-08-12 12:06:21 PM  
Could always be worse....

ameliebeaute.com

images.halloweencostumes.com
 
2014-08-12 12:07:30 PM  

Fano: Skarekrough: HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.

Despite the condemnation of Times Square among everyone here, it's a huge draw.  In a city so tightly packed it's one of those spots where you turn the corner to and it just opens up in a way that's hard to describe.  With it being featured so prominently in media, movies and everything else it's just something you kind of need to see once in your life, even if to say you saw it and that's it.

The costumed miscreants prey upon that.  They know people will be stopping to take pictures and they use that opportunity to be available, to insert themselves into the situation, to be pushy and get into it.  They prey upon what a polite society just doesn't do and the anonymity of wearing a costume to weasel their way in and then go for tips or fees or whatever else they want to call it.  In a sense it's a combination of panhandling and a good low-end grift.  They'll make a scene to get what they want and have no qualms about lying or being rude about it.

About 15 years ago I was in New Orleans on my Honeymoon.  Where me and the Missus were staying there was one road that we would walk that lead to most of the destinations we were heading to.  The first night there this guy stops us and does his thing....it's essentially preying on people's nature to be polite and their inevitable desire to just get them to go away, which usually costs a few bucks at his suggestion.  He makes balloon hats or whatever and asks questions and tells stories, and it's usually about 10 minutes of your time you'll never get back.

He hit us the first night and I watched him nail two other couples later that night.

The second night he steps up and starts the schpeil.  He preys upon folks unwillingness to be less than polite in a foreign city and the impression you're unwilling to show to the other person you're with.  A minute in I hand him a buck and told him to keep the hat.  He takes i ...


Seattle is much the same way.
 
2014-08-12 12:10:57 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.


Um, I found the British Museum in London to be so intolerably crowded that I walked out.

I have never seen anything like that in all my trips to the Met.  I go like three times a year.
 
2014-08-12 12:11:07 PM  

Robo Beat: tripleseven: poot_rootbeer: cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.

The one that pisses me off the most isn't really the sidewalk blockers, because you can usually get past them.

What really pisses me off, and mind you, this isn't limited to tourists:

farkheads who stop at the top of the subways stair to check their phone when leaving the subway.

And,

farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly:  "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"

I dislike the groups of tourists who clump up at one end of the subway platform, near the single exit/entrance, making everyone else walk along the edge of the platform near the tracks.

To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks, that smack into someone every time they turn around.

It's like people go on vacation and they stop paying attention to their surroundings, like the part of their brain that handles spatial awareness has shriveled up and fallen out through their ears while they were on the plane.


I find it hard to believe. My neighborhood isn't exactly a tourist haven and plenty of people act like they're the only person in the world. They'll stop short, stand in the middle of the sidewalk, crowd in front of doors and sidewalks. I admit it gets worse in the more crowded areas, but that's just natural. Blaming everything on tourists makes no sense. The only thing I've noticed that they can't figure out is crossing the street when no cars are coming.
 
2014-08-12 12:11:52 PM  

Robo Beat: To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks


This always mystified me.
 
2014-08-12 12:14:45 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.

Oh, for farks sake:

http://bit.ly/1osbT02
 
2014-08-12 12:16:04 PM  

ChipNASA: Could always be worse....

[ameliebeaute.com image 850x568]

[images.halloweencostumes.com image 850x1214]


3.bp.blogspot.com

MIMES!

/from when Adam Sandler was funny and Robin Williams was alive
 
2014-08-12 12:18:14 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.


Awww, did someone's feelings get hurt? I'm sorry little buddy.

Here's a song for you. Hopefully it'll make you feel better.

http://youtu.be/_Q_odSgDQeE
 
2014-08-12 12:19:10 PM  
The squeegee guys are back! Maybe if they dressed up as superheroes they could join the union too?
 
2014-08-12 12:20:56 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


This is a good question but last year I was in Rome and they have a million dudes in gladiator outfits roaming around. If you think about getting your picture with a "real" gladiator in front of the Colliseum the idea starts to make a little more sense. I imagine foreigners associate the various characters with America, and since NY is pretty darn American I guess it works for them. Anyways, apparently this is a thing the world over these days.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:12 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better


Please tell that to my employer, who relocated their office to 43rd St. Now I have a run a farking gauntlet of Elmos every day to get to work.

At least I get to travel a bit.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:24 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.


I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.
 
2014-08-12 12:26:03 PM  

moothemagiccow: Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.

I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and ...


Yes, that is the best part about the met.  It is free.  When I was a kid, there was just like a donation bucket at the entrance, drop in money, take a metal tag and off you go.

Now, they have a Kiosk style entrance with a "Suggested Donation" of something like 22 bucks a person.  Many, many people believe that it's an entrance fee.  It's not.  You can walk up and say I can't donate, or drop a buck, or even a penny on the counter.  They will print you tickets just like anyone else who paid, and off you go.  they have replaced the cool metal tags with stickers now, though.
 
2014-08-12 12:33:45 PM  

Fano: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

Do pickpockets have a union?


I'm pretty sure the Thieves' Guild only exists in D&D and Discworld novels.
 
2014-08-12 12:39:42 PM  

Robo Beat: To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks, that smack into someone every time they turn around.


I see people doing that in downtown Toronto. I've looked for hiking around here, it's a one hour drive, more like two for non-overrun tourist traps. Where the fark are you going with that giant bag? I know you're not a seasoned traveler because any tard knows all those straps and BS hanging off your bag are going to get destroyed by baggage handlers. I seriously doubt you hiked for days through suburbs from the nearest camping grounds.

It's like people go on vacation and they stop paying attention to their surroundings, like the part of their brain that handles spatial awareness has shriveled up and fallen out through their ears while they were on the plane.

People not on their way to work suddenly have all the time in the world to lollygag.
 
2014-08-12 12:43:46 PM  
What a guild of panhandlers might look like:

4.bp.blogspot.com

/obscure?
//I hope not
 
2014-08-12 12:44:30 PM  
Step 1: Fill paper bag with bees, or spotted recluse spiders (or both!)
Step 2: Let filthy costumed beggar approach.
Step 3: Let friend prepare to take pic of you & said filthy costumed beggar, instructing you both to "say cheese!"
Step 4: Empty (or insert) bag into costume breathing hole.
Step 5: Step lively.
 
2014-08-12 12:48:21 PM  

moothemagiccow: I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.


I'm comparing the met to DIA in Detroit. The works were much more spread out. Often me and SO were the only one in the room. Maybe I'm overly introverted but people walking in front of me or hearing school kids screwing around while I'm looking at a painting kills the experience. I'd rather go to a smaller gallery. Unless you're at the Met to look at particular pieces, I don't see the point.

Went to the big art museum in Toronto when they had the nakked people exhibit and was still less crowded than the Met.
 
2014-08-12 12:48:46 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I see people doing that in downtown Toronto. I've looked for hiking around here, it's a one hour drive, more like two for non-overrun tourist traps. Where the fark are you going with that giant bag? I know you're not a seasoned traveler because any tard knows all those straps and BS hanging off your bag are going to get destroyed by baggage handlers. I seriously doubt you hiked for days through suburbs from the nearest camping grounds.


It's the same way here.  I always figure it's kids on a gap year traveling by bus or hitchhiking, or ignoring carry-on size limits on one of the budget airlines that fly here.  Although my point was more to the effect that if you can't manage to drag your luggage around without banging it into people, you really ought to just hail a cab and drop the thing off somewhere.
 
2014-08-12 12:49:46 PM  

limeyfellow: I am surprised they just don't let the NYPD claim an open season on them. They are usually pretty good at indiscriminate gunfire, so if a few of them got taken out, what is the harm when there are so many spares?


If you let the NYPD open fire on them in Times Square, you'll end up with dozens of dead tourists, cops, nuns, kids, and dogs. The only ones who would be completely unscathed would be the guys in costumes they were aiming at.
 
2014-08-12 12:54:42 PM  
If they want to go legit first they will need to obtain legal rights to use copyrighted/trademarked characters for profit.

I very much doubt any of the copyright holders will license squat to these dirtbags.
 
2014-08-12 12:54:43 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: moothemagiccow: I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.

I'm comparing the met to DIA in Detroit. The works were much more spread out. Often me and SO were the only one in the room. Maybe I'm overly introverted but people walking in front of me or hearing school kids screwing around while I'm looking at a painting kills the experience. I'd rather go to a smaller gallery. Unless you're at the Met to look at particular pieces, I don't see the point.

Went to the big art museum in Toronto when they had the nakked people exhibit and was still less crowded than the Met.


Maybe the Met is is similar, but in my visits to the Louvre, you usually see massive, teeming throngs of people clustered around the big, famous works like the holy trinity (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and  Athena Nike of Samothrace), but the rest of the galleries are much less busy.  As best I can figure, there's a lot of people who go there just to see those three and then leave directly, either because they're on a package tour and don't have much time, or because they're not really interested in seeing the art  per se but more in the being able to tell people that they saw it.
 
2014-08-12 12:56:54 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.



hopestillfloats.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-12 01:01:11 PM  

triptheory: Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.

Awww, did someone's feelings get hurt? I'm sorry little buddy.

Here's a song for you. Hopefully it'll make you feel better.

http://youtu.be/_Q_odSgDQeE


Imagine my embarrassment at not getting a reference to a punk song released when I was 4 years old.
 
2014-08-12 01:06:49 PM  
Hate the Disneyfication of everything. Vegas, New Orleans, New York. Ugh.
 
2014-08-12 01:09:44 PM  
But you ARE familiar with movies about New York from before you were born.

/now you know the reference.
//glad I could help.
 
2014-08-12 01:25:41 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I prefer when they had the pimps and the CHUD


I remember that and the martial arts place that sold everything. Now I go to New York for the pizza
 
2014-08-12 01:36:07 PM  

pinchpoint: What a guild of panhandlers might look like:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 576x448]

/obscure?
//I hope not


Nope. {Whistles "Into the Hall of the Mountain King"}
 
2014-08-12 01:37:54 PM  
First, they don't have an employer. Second, they don't have jobs, and no, certain organized crime groups not withstanding, extortion is neither a job, nor is it "bargaining". It is definitely NOT done in good faith. It pretty much falls under the category of "begging". These people have chosen to pursue a vocation that exists only in their minds, because they choose not to work. They're not exactly providing a service. If they weren't there, tourism at Times Square would be the same, or greater.
 
2014-08-12 01:39:04 PM  
We've got a pretty good one in NOLA, French Quarter specific. There is a guy who turns himself into Bumblebee. He stands up as Bumblebee then transforms into the car and rolls around in circles for a few moment. He has a small motor attached to one of the wheels on his ankles and it actually "drives" the car. When he transforms he really does turn into Camero on four wheels and moves like a car. That is the only time that I have ever given money to one of these "performers".
 
2014-08-12 01:40:29 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.

You are in no way on the hook to pay. A small penknife does wonders and leaves a look on their face that is priceless.


how can you tell under the mask?
 
2014-08-12 01:41:49 PM  

friedo: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Please tell that to my employer, who relocated their office to 43rd St. Now I have a run a farking gauntlet of Elmos every day to get to work.

At least I get to travel a bit.


Sorry to hear that, I work in Midtown too but I avoid that area at all costs.

/and I walk all over this place
 
2014-08-12 01:48:01 PM  
So these aholes are in LA, Las Vegas and NYC right now and probably in other touristy places as well. I was thinking the stores in New york could just hire their own people and put them in costume and take pictures with the public for free. That would drive the ones doing it for tips nuts and probably out of business and not do as much harm to the brand.
 
2014-08-12 01:50:31 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.


Yeah. That is sooooo outdated. Nowadays you go to Chicago or Detroit to get mugged or murdered. Those mid-westerners are always so behind on what's out of fashion.
 
2014-08-12 01:52:39 PM  

groppet: So these aholes are in LA, Las Vegas and NYC right now and probably in other touristy places as well. I was thinking the stores in New york could just hire their own people and put them in costume and take pictures with the public for free. That would drive the ones doing it for tips nuts and probably out of business and not do as much harm to the brand.


You know, I believe this Schtick started in LA.


Another reason to really loathe the people in that city.


And hey, I'm not calling it a shiathole, LA is a fairly nice place.  It's the people that ruin it.

An entire tier 2 city that comes to a standstill to watch a police chase.


Morons.
 
2014-08-12 01:56:14 PM  

ChipNASA: Could always be worse....

[ameliebeaute.com image 850x568]

[images.halloweencostumes.com image 850x1214]


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-12 01:58:21 PM  

Mouser: Fano: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

Do pickpockets have a union?

I'm pretty sure the Thieves' Guild only exists in D&D and Discworld novels.


I shall favorite you in Grey.

close enough
 
2014-08-12 02:33:11 PM  
assets.nydailynews.com

Wait...the Statue of Liberty is a dude?
 
2014-08-12 02:38:40 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square
 
2014-08-12 02:40:18 PM  

Enema Man: Step 1: Fill paper bag with bees, or spotted recluse spiders (or both!)
Step 2: Let filthy costumed beggar approach.
Step 3: Let friend prepare to take pic of you & said filthy costumed beggar, instructing you both to "say cheese!"
Step 4: Empty (or insert) bag into costume breathing hole.
Step 5: Step lively.


Step 6: photographic evidence for your assault trial.
 
2014-08-12 02:41:14 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square


No love for Coney Island?
 
2014-08-12 02:42:06 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: kronicfeld: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Yeah but where other than the Time Square Sbarro are you going to get authentic NY pizza???

Famous Ray's of course... they have one or two around the area.


Pro tip: never eat at a pizza place with Ray in the name. You'll thank me.
 
2014-08-12 02:42:15 PM  

tripleseven: that is the best part about the met. It is free.


Well if they were as good as the Yankees they could charge admission to their games, too.
 
2014-08-12 02:43:52 PM  

Tom_Slick: unlikely: I too say let them do it.

If they unionize, the people who own the characters these guys are using will have someone to sue when it turns out the guy in the Spider Man suit isn't paying for the right.

Yup, they would then be no longer be able to hide behind fair use and be subject to licensing fees as a for profit enterprise.


They're not hiding behind fair use. They're just too poor for Disney or Marvel to sue.
 
2014-08-12 02:43:56 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square

No love for Coney Island?


Their whitefish are the best!
 
2014-08-12 02:44:43 PM  
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2014-08-12 02:46:23 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


You're from Brazil or China. You want to get a classically American selfie with you in Times Square. And hey, there's Elmo/Iron Man/Spider-man! Do the math.
 
2014-08-12 02:48:52 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: No love for Coney Island?


Never been there, don't know thing one about it, so it didn't even come to mind. I'm sure the Google could easily come up with a dozen or two additional popular/awesome things to do/see that I missed
 
2014-08-12 02:50:30 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: [assets.nydailynews.com image 850x566]

Wait...the Statue of Liberty is a dude?


Hey, I got a pic of that same Mario when I was there.  I figured this was my one chance to take their picture without getting hassled.

img.fark.net
(p.s. New York blows)
 
2014-08-12 02:54:41 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


What could change your mind at this point? It's a huge cool city, but there are lots of huge cool cities around the world. The most fascinating aspects of it, like any place, have to be lived through to really experience them. New York is unique in that you can get a solid experience of the city and its history through the hundreds of movies and hundreds of TV shows made in it, and setting foot in it might help put that in perspective and give you a sense of familiarity, but you could just as easily take that budget and experience a new place entirely new to you.

For all of Hollywood's obsession with making movies about LA, you never see anything about the daily lives of its normal residents, only its movie stars and socialites. None of it mirrored my experiences at all.
 
2014-08-12 02:57:39 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square


You want Italian or Chinese? Don't go to friggin' Little Italy or Chinatown. Best Italian and Chinese places are on the Upper East side, catering to rich people who live there. Best "Aw crap, I don't know what I want to eat, but I don't want to get ripped off at a tourist trap" place to eat is anywhere along 9th Avenue in midtown (30s to 60s). Hot dog from a cart is good, but hot dog from a place that serves papaya drinks (Gray's Papaya, Papaya King, etc.) is better. Black and white cookie? Overrated. Shopping the block of Broadway south of Union Square (The Strand bookstore, Forbidden Planet comics, Max Brenner chocolate)? Underrated.

Actually, there's good food in and near Times Square, but you have to know where it is amongst the Hard Rock and Bubba Gump crapfests. My favorite bar in New York is a block east of Times Square on W. 44th, Jimmy's Corner. Dirt cheap ($4 well drinks) and full of cool boxing memorabilia.

The Statue of Liberty is cool, but climbing up into the crown is overrated. It's a long climb with somebody's butt in your face, and then you get to look out the smeary window at Brooklyn about 5 miles away. Can't see the city at all.
 
2014-08-12 02:58:21 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: Enema Man: Step 1: Fill paper bag with bees, or spotted recluse spiders (or both!)
Step 2: Let filthy costumed beggar approach.
Step 3: Let friend prepare to take pic of you & said filthy costumed beggar, instructing you both to "say cheese!"
Step 4: Empty (or insert) bag into costume breathing hole.
Step 5: Step lively.

Step 6: photographic evidence for your assault trial.


If you'll notice, there was no actual picture taking. And assault? Prosecute those bees & spiders. Good luck!
 
2014-08-12 03:01:34 PM  

Robo Beat: Maybe the Met is is similar, but in my visits to the Louvre, you usually see massive, teeming throngs of people clustered around the big, famous works like the holy trinity (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Athena Nike of Samothrace), but the rest of the galleries are much less busy.


Not unlike some areas at the Met
 
2014-08-12 03:04:53 PM  

rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.


My wife and I met these scumbags when we were walking up the steps to Sacre Coeur earlier this year. There were 8 of them, four on each side of steps. As we started walking up, they spread out so we had to walk between them. I had done some research on scams throughout the city, so we were prepared for them. I told my wife to keep her hands in her pockets, don't make eye contact, don't say a word, and just keep moving. As we walked past, they started trying to pull our arms, pushing us, getting in our faces, etc. It felt a little like a gauntlet drill at football practice. It wasn't exactly scary, more unnerving, especially with the physicality and openness of it.

The amazing thing is the cops allow it because it's "their culture". Interesting how Paris is allowing some PC bullshiat overrule tourist safety.

Anyway, I agree with your thoughts - fark these grifters.
 
2014-08-12 03:05:13 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: machodonkeywrestler: No love for Coney Island?

Never been there, don't know thing one about it, so it didn't even come to mind. I'm sure the Google could easily come up with a dozen or two additional popular/awesome things to do/see that I missed


Coney Island is sort of like Venice Beach. Full of working-class people buying noisily enjoying themselves and buying cheap beachside crap. The Cyclone is small, but the meanest roller coaster you will ever ride (have fun recovering from whiplash!). I'm not sure if Astro Land (kind of a carnie amusement park) is still there, but the Circus Sideshow Museum is worth the trip by itself if you enjoy carnie culture.
 
2014-08-12 03:15:08 PM  

LazyMedia: Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square

You want Italian or Chinese? Don't go to friggin' Little Italy or Chinatown. Best Italian and Chinese places are on the Upper East side, catering to rich people who live there. Best "Aw crap, I don't know what I want to eat, but I don't want to get ripped off at a tourist trap" place to eat is anywhere along 9th Avenue in midtown (30s to 60s). Hot dog from a cart is good, but hot dog from a place that serves papaya drinks (Gray's Papaya, Papaya King, etc.) is better. Black and white cookie? Overrated. Shopping the block of Broadway south of Union Square (The Strand bookstore, Forbidden Planet comics, Max Brenner chocolate)? Underrated.

Actually, there's good food in and near Times Square, but you have to know where it is amongst the Hard Rock and Bubba Gump crapfests. My favorite bar in New York is a block east of Times Square on W. 44th, Jimmy's Corner. Dirt cheap ($4 well drinks) and full of cool boxing memorabilia.

The Statue of Liberty is cool, but climbing up into the crown is overrated. It's a long climb with somebody's butt in your face, and then you get to look out the smeary window at Brooklyn about 5 miles away. Can't see the city at all.


I don't have the same perspective as a local, but Little Italy's alright the few times I've eaten there. . Really, all of the best places I've eaten in manhattan were restaurants that we walked past and said, oh, that looks/smells/sounds yummy. As long as it's not too close to some major attraction it's usually a winner. Grey's Papaya is utterly awesome if you're nearby, but not really worth going out of your way for.

And I'm pretty sure they don't allow anyone inside the Statue of Liberty anymore. I disagree about whether or not it is worth the climb, looking out through the crown was awesome. Then again, I was like 12, so it's all about perspective.
 
2014-08-12 03:16:58 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: Mouser: Fano: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

Do pickpockets have a union?

I'm pretty sure the Thieves' Guild only exists in D&D and Discworld novels.

I shall favorite you in Grey.

close enough


Ha. Grey Mouser?
 
2014-08-12 03:26:13 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: I don't have the same perspective as a local, but Little Italy's alright the few times I've eaten there. . Really, all of the best places I've eaten in manhattan were restaurants that we walked past and said, oh, that looks/smells/sounds yummy. As long as it's not too close to some major attraction it's usually a winner. Grey's Papaya is utterly awesome if you're nearby, but not really worth going out of your way for.

And I'm pretty sure they don't allow anyone inside the Statue of Liberty anymore. I disagree about whether or not it is worth the climb, looking out through the crown was awesome. Then again, I was like 12, so it's all about perspective.


Little Italy's fine, it's just not very authentically Italian. It's VERY Italian-American. If you like going over to your Italian grandmother's house for Sunday dinner, then you'll like the restaurants in Little Italy. If you prefer more of an innovative restaurant with a creative chef who's actually from Italy, then the Upper East side has that. I agree that nine times out of 10, any random New York restaurant is going to be good and reasonably priced; there's so much competition that they can't suck and stay open unless they're catering strictly to tourists.

They reopened the crown tour in 2012, after it being closed for 11 years. The best part is being able to see the inside of the statue as you climb up, as the view is underwhelming. It's mostly water, with some grungy Brooklyn waterfront in the distance.
 
2014-08-12 03:33:09 PM  

LazyMedia: I agree that nine times out of 10, any random New York restaurant is going to be good and reasonably priced; there's so much competition that they can't suck and stay open unless they're catering strictly to tourists


i.kinja-img.com
 
2014-08-12 04:13:07 PM  

Fano: Nothing good ever comes of someone walking up to you on the street.


For me, the best thing happened. I was walking down the street one day when a young man walked up and asked if I had been saved, and if I loved Jesus. I'd never heard of that guy so the man hands me this little comic book, a tract if you will. That's when I learned how Jesus died for all our sins because he loves all of us. Except Catholics, Muslims, gays, people who play D&D, alchoholics, drug users and liers. They are all going to hell. But not me. As soon as I finished reading that little comic, I prayed the prayer that was on the last page, and then I bright light shined down upon me, and I knew I had been accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven.
 
2014-08-12 04:48:33 PM  

MythDragon: Fano: Nothing good ever comes of someone walking up to you on the street.

For me, the best thing happened. I was walking down the street one day when a young man walked up and asked if I had been saved, and if I loved Jesus. I'd never heard of that guy so the man hands me this little comic book, a tract if you will. That's when I learned how Jesus died for all our sins because he loves all of us. Except Catholics, Muslims, gays, people who play D&D, alchoholics, drug users and liers. They are all going to hell. But not me. As soon as I finished reading that little comic, I prayed the prayer that was on the last page, and then I bright light shined down upon me, and I knew I had been accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven.


I had the same experience, except then the little kid wanted a $10 "tip" and got really pissed off and abusive when I wouldn't give it to him.
 
2014-08-12 05:07:50 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


The only reason to go to New York is to go to City Island. Times Sq. etc are fine to see and taking in a Broadway play is fun but City Island is where it's at.
 
2014-08-12 05:19:00 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.


+1
 
2014-08-12 05:29:12 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


It's just so darned crowded.  But you're unlikely to have an experience like it, so yes, at least once you should go.
(I assume someone's already mentioned to watch out for the CHUD, and remember, it never sleeps.)
 
2014-08-12 11:38:35 PM  
Just because you do anything, doesn't mean anyone has to give a shiat enough to care. Ok?
 
2014-08-13 06:47:00 PM  

Terrible Old Man: Just because you do anything, doesn't mean anyone has to give a shiat enough to care. Ok?


Old man yelling at clouds, apparently.
 
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