Recently my family went on a stroll down Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles and my 7-year-old daughter was visibly on edge. Why? Because the dozens of people dressed up as some of her favorite characters from Mickey Mouse to Jack Sparrow to Hello Kitty were totally creeping her out. And for good reason.
She, at such a young age, could sense that that there was something “off” about these costumed characters. Maybe it was their slightly dirty outfits, maybe it was because their presence on a busy street was completely out of context, or maybe their complete and utter pushiness is that got to her. Whatever the reason for her distrust, it seems like a wise reaction on her part, especially when random weirdos dress-up like the Cookie Monster push toddlers to the ground. Yeah, that happened.
Over the weekend, 33-year-old Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez was arrested in New York City for shoving a 2-year-old child to the ground. A family from Connecticut was in Times Square and stopped to pose for a photo with Quiroz-Lopez in his bright blue Cookie Monster costume. After the photo, he demanded a tip. When the mother didn’t give him money, he pushed her son to the ground. Quiroz-Lopez was arrested and was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Yes, a Cookie Monster fail.
Have you ever stopped and posed with one of these character impersonators?
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