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Cookie Monster in Times Square loses his shit, shoves a kid whose mom wouldn't tip

Why would anybody want to pose with these raggedy muppets with the matted fur and who knows what else?

Still, do they make it known upfront about tipping?

by Anonymousreply 1604/10/2013

Cookie Monster is gay too.

by Anonymousreply 104/09/2013

The blue demon! Moments after little Samay Kurada's mother snapped this picture, Cookie Monster allegedly pushed the 2-year-old to the ground because his mom was slow to tip.

A man who dresses as Cookie Monster in Times Square was hauled into court yesterday to face charges for allegedly pushing a 2-year-old boy to the ground and cursing him and his Bollywood-actress mom in a tip dispute.

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33 — wearing a Cookie Monster-blue sweatshirt with white letters that said, “Like What You See?” — was arraigned and held in lieu of $1,000 bail on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Sunday, he screamed at Parmita Katkar, an actress from India and former beauty queen, “Give me money! Give me money! I get $2 for a photo,’’ after he posed for photos with her son, the criminal complaint alleges.

When Katkar told him she didn’t have any cash on her, she “heard the defendant state in substance to her, ‘You are a bitch, your son is a bastard, and your stuff is trash.’

“She then observed the defendant place his hands on her son and push him, causing her son to lose his balance and nearly fall to the ground,’’ the Manhattan court complaint said.

Katkar yesterday said her son Samay is still traumatized.

“All he keeps saying is, ‘I don’t like the Cookie Monster, I don’t like the Cookie Monster,’ ” she told The Post.

Police say Times Square’s costumed characters have become a scourge.

“Complaints have been rising against these characters over the past year,’’ one source said. “They’ve always been a problem, [but] now, they’re becoming a real pain in the butt. These people are scam artists.”

Katkar, 34, said she was walking with Samay and her 8-month-old son, Swhaas, at 2 p.m. Saturday on Broadway near West 45th Street when they were swarmed by the furry menaces.

“I just thought they were being friendly,” she said. “It’s strange. We weren’t even talking to them. These guys walk up to you and say, ‘Take a picture! Take a picture!’ ”

She said an Elmo picked Samay up from his stroller without Katkar’s permission and urged her to take a photo.

She took pics of Samay with several characters, including Cookie Monster.

Then the harassment began.

In addition to Elmo and Cookie Monster, a Puss in Boots also asked for money, Katkar said.

She told the costumed gang her husband was at an ATM getting money.

Most “were fine with it. They said, ‘OK,’ ” Katkar recalled.

But not the Cookie Monster.

Katkar said that she told Quiroz-Lopez she would go get the money from her husband, but that he hissed at her: “No, I’m coming with you. It’s in my best interest to follow you.”

“He was losing patience. He kept saying, ‘Where’s the money? Where’s the money?’ ” she recalled.

When he started cursing, “I was shocked,” Katkar recounted. “I said, ‘Why are you talking like this? You’ll get your money.’

“I don’t know if he pushed the stroller or Samay, but the next thing I knew, Samay was startled and on the ground.’’

Katkar, who lives with her family in Connecticut, said that when her husband, Sagar Kurada, returned and saw his wife crying, he complained to nearby cops.

The officers went to the Times Square station to review a video of the altercation and then picked up Quiroz-Lopez.

But Katkar said her nightmare wasn’t over.

The family was besieged again — this time by Dora the Explorer.

“I said, ‘No! No! No! Stay away from me!’ ” she said.

Quiroz-Lopez’s boyfriend, who attended yesterday’s hearing, insisted his beau was innocent.

“I’ve lived with him for seven years,” said the man, who didn’t give his name.

“He’s not that guy. He’s been doing [work as Cookie Monster] for three years. Never a problem.”

Officials say they are nearly powerless to sweep the characters off the streets. They say the characters largely get around permit issues and copyright infringements by calling themselves “street performers.”

“Everybody’s concerned about this, and they’re trying to find a thoughtful way to respond that respects free s

by Anonymousreply 204/09/2013

Best part:

"But Katkar said her nightmare wasn’t over.

The family was besieged again — this time by Dora the Explorer.

“I said, ‘No! No! No! Stay away from me!’ ” she said."

by Anonymousreply 304/09/2013

Was his shit blue?

by Anonymousreply 404/09/2013

Damn, those are third-rate costumes.

by Anonymousreply 504/09/2013

Loves it! The characters on Hollywood Blvd lose their shit too...there's an entire documentary about it called The Reinactors. Fun times!

by Anonymousreply 604/09/2013

What happens on Hollywood Boulevard?

by Anonymousreply 704/09/2013

Why doesn't Disney step in and sue these scammers. I'm sure they don't have permission to make a living impersonating Disney characters. You can find those shitty knock-off costumes on-line for like $300.

by Anonymousreply 804/09/2013

They never mention the money until after the photo is taken, thus the problem.

by Anonymousreply 904/09/2013

Batman on Hollywood Blvd was arrested a while back after this fight...

by Anonymousreply 1004/09/2013

So someone who expects money for their time and wearing a fake fur got violent? Sounds like the Times Square of the '70s.

by Anonymousreply 1104/09/2013

Sometimes you'll have three Elmos on the same corner. They are raggedy.

by Anonymousreply 1204/09/2013


by Anonymousreply 1304/09/2013

[quote]Why doesn't Disney step in and sue these scammers.

Probably because the characters looks NOTHING like them! Plus, Disney doesn't own Sesame Street.

by Anonymousreply 1404/10/2013

What part of "Monster" didn't they understand?

by Anonymousreply 1504/10/2013

If the characters look "NOTHING like them," why is everyone calling it "Cookie Monster." Sorry, you're right, it's not Disney, but whoever does own that character has rights to it and can sue. Absolutely.

by Anonymousreply 1604/10/2013
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