NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD wants you to know that you’re under no obligation to pay for photos with the costumed characters in Times Square.
As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, the Police Department has begun handing out fliers with photos of Mickey Mouse and Elmo hugging on them. They read: “PHOTOS WITH COSTUMED CHARACTERS ARE FREE. TIPPING IS OPTIONAL.”
The move comes after a string of incidents in which the characters have allegedly shaken down people in Times Square for money, in many cases demanding $5, $10 or $20 for a picture.