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Street performers and costumed characters in Times Square touch an average of 24 people per hour without consent, according a new report.
The report, published by the Times Square Alliance, reveals a lot about the costumed characters harassing tourists and residents.
The article goes on to state the following:
In the past year alone, 60 percent of New Yorkers have had an ‘unpleasant interaction’ with the panhandlers.
One incident that sparked concern involved the fondling of an underaged girl. On September 7, Inocente Andrade-Pacheco, 54, was arrested by NYPD for allegedly groping a 14-year-old girl while taking a picture with her.
Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins told Pix 11: “What happened… is an example of certain characters feel like they can get away with just about anything.”
“This is Times Square,” Tompkins stated in an interview. “Quirky is fine, but creepy is not.'”
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