In NYC, in the Times
Square tourist area, a recent phenomenon of “cartoon characters” grabbing
tourists to have their pictures taken with them and then asking for tips has been taking place with great
There are literally 50 or so “characters” that wander the area everyday, 24 hours a day, looking for tourists.
Some “characters" such as Sponge Bar Square Pants, Elmo, Superman and even Batman actually have gotten
into fisticuffs over protecting “their” staked out territories and street
corners which they claim as their own.
characters”, frequently recent immigrants, can make between $50 and $200 per day
on tips from posing with tourists.
from the New York Times asked them why they decided to get into this business
instead of other vocations they could pursue, most of them, in one form or the
“American people like to be
entertained…to feel like children playing with friends. Since they were little, they had friends
who were cartoon characters. Makes them feel good. We make money making them feel good. It’s easy.”
So tell me again,
why more bowling centers don’t have cartoon characters or mascots to entertain
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