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It’s getting to be that you can’t even trust cartoon characters to not beat the crap out of each other. Times Square is known for a lot of things. Not all of them good. In recent years one of them has been costumed performers taking pictures with tourists for tip money. The problem is that sometimes the people in the costumes don’t play their parts quite as well as one might hope. Case in point, Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty were just charged with assault and harassment. Won’t anybody think of the children?
The New York Daily News reports that on Friday afternoon the two characters got in a physical altercation over a tip which lead to both being led away in handcuffs. This has been an ongoing issue in recent years as the most famous city square on the planet has become so full of people in costumes that they can’t help but crash into each other. One bystander got some great shots of the aftermath of the brawl and the pure density of the mascot outfits is mildly terrifying. It looks like a toddler with the flu was trying to cast the Justice League movie.
Can we at least make a rule that there can only be one Olaf in the square at a time? Surely they can put some kind of schedule together. It’s just wrong.
There are apparently no regulations regarding this sort of thing (who can wander around Times Square in costume, not just the tragedy of multiple Mickeys) so anybody who can afford the outfit and doesn’t have anything else to do in the middle of a Friday afternoon can go looking for tip money. This means, among many other things that this is hardly the first time this sort of thing has happened.
All of this begs the question however, who won? None of the news stories covering the event seem to know. On the one hand, cat versus mouse seems to lead to an obvious conclusion. On the other, this is Minnie Mouse we’re talking about. She’s always seemed like she could handle herself in a scrape. Hello Kitty strikes us as being fairly passive, but if she was pushed so far that she snapped, she might not be able to stop herself. We’ll give 2 to 1 odds on Minnie. Who’s in?