on the news they arrested 3 charactyers for strong arming people taking photos of them who did not tip the characters, police have a sting going because it has become such a problem with the characters going after the photographers that will not pay for taking photos.
Last Saturday one of the Hollywood Blvd. hangout types… demanded money or a press pass from me … I just walked away … but if I was there with family/children … I would have felt uncomfortable.
I know there are several different people, dressed as various characters, who hang out around the Hollywood and Highland Complex on a regular basis, and pose for photos with tourists. But who’s in the right here? The costumed peeps for not being alerted about photography, or the photographers who felt that they didn’t need to ask for permission?
UPDATE: Here’s an update.