This picture was taken of Charlie in Feb 2004 on Hollywood Blvd (right in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater). Look at how scared and suspicious Charlie is of innocent little (big) Elmo. Turns out the kid is a little psychic. The article below is talking about THE SAME EXACT CREEPY ELMO GUY:
Elmo Impersonator Accused of Harassment
Tuesday October 25 2:12 PM ET
The red and cuddly Sesame Street Muppet Elmo has learned a new lesson: ‘H’ is for handcuffs.
A man dressed as the character was one of three impersonators arrested last week for allegedly harassing tourists for tips after posing for photos on Hollywood Boulevard. Booked with him were people impersonating superhero Mr. Incredible and the dark-hooded character from the horror movie “Scream.”
The impersonators said they were taken into custody at gunpoint, handcuffed and paraded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before stunned tourists and other impersonators. They were charged with misdemeanor “aggressive begging,” police said.
“With all of the crime in Los Angeles they pick on us?” said Elmo impersonator Donn Harper, 45, who makes up to $400 a day in tips.
Tourists have complained that the costumed characters harass them for not tipping after posing for photos in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater. Merchants say some of the costumed characters are scaring tourists.
Los Angeles Police Officer Michael Shea said police warned impersonators at a meeting last month that the department would start enforcing solicitation and harassment laws. Officers conducted a sting operation by posing as French tourists who didn’t understand English or the American tipping culture.
“Make no mistake about it I wanted the characters to know what we’re doing,” Shea said.
At least Elmo wasn’t arrested for tickling people, an activity he’s known to participate in. Now THAT would be scary.
The fact that Elmo had a gun pointed at him isn’t the only thing that makes me giggle about this. They actually set up a sting and they posed as French tourists. Hee!
Its true, though. The characters down there (aw man, there’s so many jokes to make about that…) are all hovering around and jump in and say, “take a picture!”, and then pressure you for tips. They guilt you into it, and make you feel like you should’ve known that pictures weren’t free. I think I remember Elmo telling me, “this outfit doesn’t pay for itself lady”. Um, Dude? You make more in one day (and if that’s what you admit to, you KNOW its more than that) than a lot of the population, so cut a girl a break. Plus? Its tax free you greedy mofo!