2013年4月17日水曜日

Cookie Monster and Elmo "Give Me the Money"

タイムズスクウェアで、クッキーモンスタらが金銭を要求した。
金銭を要求した際、クッキーモンスタが幼児を突き飛ばしたとして幼児
虐待(?)と物乞い行為の容疑で逮捕された。

容疑者
・Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez 男性 33才
・クッキーモンスタの着ぐるみを着て、タイムズスクエアで、幼児と写真
 を取らせた後、母親に2ドルを要求。母親が拒否すると、暴言を吐き、
 母親らを罵り、幼児を突き飛ばしため、母親が警察に通報。
 物乞い行為と幼児虐待の容疑で逮捕。
・1000ドルの保釈金を払い保釈。

行政は、寄付行為だからと見逃していたが、被害者によると着ぐるみから、
暴言を言われ、5ドルをゆすられと言う話もあるようだ。

昔は大通りで、珍しい鳥や小動物を使って、金銭を要求する恐喝(?)が
あったが、最近は、中国の模造品と同等の品質の着ぐるみで、金銭を要求
するようだ。
中国の模造品に対しては、騒動になるのに、国内の模造品に対しては、
を見て見ぬ振りをするようだ。物乞い行為は、宗教活動の一部と見て、
問題視しなかったようだ。

国内でも大道芸人は増えたが、金銭を得る行為は、違法とする地域が多い。
大道芸人の一部は、エンターティメントとみなすこともあるが、着ぐるみ
だけでは、ただの物乞いとしか見えない。
不法行為とトラブルが続けば、規制が厳しくなるのは当然。
米国は、国内の著作権に対しては、緩い。

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Cookie Monster Attacks Toddler for not being Tipped, Arrested in Times Square


---Times Square Cookie Monster a real grouch to Bollywood star and child---
By Shayna Jacobs , Joseph Stepansky AND Stephen Rex Brown / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:24 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/times-square-costumed-cookie-monster-foul-mouth-article-1.1310664

A costumed Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, posed for a photo with 2-year-old Samay Katkar of Stamford, Conn. Sunday before going ballistic demanding cash. The boy's mother Parmita Kurada is known in Bollywood as Parmita Katkar, former Miss India Asia Pacific.

This Cookie Monster should wash his crummy mouth out with soap.

The costumed character who allegedly pushed a 2-year-old child in Times Square called the kid’s Bollywood star mother a name unfit for “Sesame Street,” according to prosecutors.

“You are a bitch, your son is a bastard and your stuff is trash,” performer Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, said, according to court papers.

 Parmita Kurada - who is an accomplished Bollywood actress and model known by her maiden name, Parmita Katkar - said the cartoonish confrontation had upended her tot’s perception of a childhood hero.

“All day he kept saying ‘I don’t like Cookie Monster! I don’t like Cookie Monster!’ ” she said.

 The debacle began at 2:25 p.m. Sunday - only minutes after Kurada, 34, had arrived with her husband and two sons on a family outing to buy a bicycle.

But before they could reach Toys R Us, her eldest, Samay, became enchanted by the costumed characters who fill Times Square posing for photos and seeking tips.

He took a picture with the swashbuckling feline from “Puss in Boots” - without incident. Then Cookie Monster closed in with Elmo as backup.

 “The next thing I know, Cookie Monster had already picked up my son and was like, ‘Come on, take a picture!’ ” said Kurada, who once hosted an entertainment news show in India and was Miss India Asia Pacific in 2003.

The exchange went sour after Kurada asked her 35-year-old husband, Sagar, to withdraw money from a cash machine for a tip. He left only to return to find chaos.

 “(The monster) was right next to me saying, ‘Come on, come on! Give me the money!’ ” recalled Kurada in her Stamford, Conn., home. “I was getting scared. I thought he was going to attack me or he was going to hit me.”

He ended up pushing the toddler, forcing him off balance, though he never hit the ground, cops said.

Quiroz-Lopez admitted he was feeling more like Oscar the Grouch over the lack of a tip.

 “She should have money on her and she was wasting my time,” he allegedly told police.

He faces child endangerment charges, plus a count of aggressive begging. A Manhattan judge set the performer’s bail at $1,000 Monday.

 The latest costumed calamity has revived concerns about the unregulated performers. On the weekend as many as 50 vie for tips.

“(Some) hold onto kids until they get their tip,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. “I’ve seen some of them randomly hug an attractive woman who has no kids within 50 feet of her.”

Previous incidents have included a Super Mario who groped a woman, a Spider-Man who punched a mom, and an anti-Semitic Elmo.

But a friend said Quiroz-Lopez is as harmless as Big Bird.

“He didn’t do anything, the people are lying,” said the friend, who declined to give his name. He added the performer had worked Times Square for three years without trouble.

With Christina Boyle


---Times Square Cookie Monster jailed for altercation with toddler---
By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, April 8, 2013, 5:25 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/times-square-cookie-monster-jailed-altercation-toddler-article-1.1310418

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez allegedly pushed a 2-year-old in midtown Manhattan scuffle.

 A costumed creep dressed as Cookie Monster was arrested Sunday after he shoved a 2-year-old boy during a crazed confrontation with the tot’s mom in Times Square, cops said.

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez posed for a photo with the child about 3:20 p.m. and then demanded the mother cough up $2, police said.

The mother refused, causing Quiroz-Lopez, 33, to behave monstrously, cops said. Police charged him with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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