Among New York’s various street performers there’s a certain illegal profession that goes unregulated – counterfeit Sesame Street Mascots.
Pay a visit to Central Park, Times Square, or any of the big touristy landmarks and you’ll likely spot half a dozen adults wearing head-to-toe knockoff Elmo and Cookie Monster costumes soliciting hugs and tips. While this technically constitutes copyright and trademark violation, there are too many of these frauds to do much about it.
Adam Sandler (AKA Dan Sandler) former proprietor of the Cambodian sex slave webcam site “Welcome to Rape Camp” is one such unlicensed Elmo giving hugs to New York’s children. I only wish I was kidding about this.