NYC Law Aims To Curtail Aggressive Behavior Of Costumed Characters After receiving many complaints about aggressive costumed characters pressuring tourists for tips, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill to regulate where and how they operate in Times Square.

NYC Law Aims To Curtail Aggressive Behavior Of Costumed Characters

NYC Law Aims To Curtail Aggressive Behavior Of Costumed Characters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/475228370/475228371" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

After receiving many complaints about aggressive costumed characters pressuring tourists for tips, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill to regulate where and how they operate in Times Square.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Who would've thought back when Times Square was the seediest of the mean streets of New York, cartoon characters would one day be its most menacing element? Complaints against the performers dressed up as, say, Minnie Mouse or Batman, have ranged from hostile hustling of tourists to nudity to Batman assaulting a cop. Fed up, a new city law aims to keep them in designated zones so now the only thing blocking the sidewalk will be the tourists themselves. It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2016 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.