Associated Press
An Elmo character, left, uses a woman's camera to photographer her with a Cookie Monster character, in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  A string of arrests in the last few months has brought unwelcome attention to the growing number of people, mostly poor immigrants, who make a living by donning character outfits, roaming Times Square and charging tourists a few dollars to pose with them in photos. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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