TIMES SQUARE — Three costumed characters who bullied a tourist into giving them $10 have been arrested for harassment, police said.
A woman dressed as Minnie Mouse, a man dressed as Olaf the Snowman from Disney's "Frozen" and a 44-year-old woman dressed as Cookie Monster posed for a photo with a 43-year-old tourist staying at a hotel in Midtown in front of 1540 Broadway at approximately noon on Sunday, according to police.
After the man took a picture with the three characters, they began following him and demanding $20, blocking his path as he tried to walk away, an officer who observed the interaction said.
Feeling intimidated, the tourist gave the characters $10, police said.
Police said the three were arrested for harassment.
The Manhattan District Attorney Office’s did not have records of charges against the suspects.
It was the most recent in a string of incidents involving costumed characters aggressively demanding money for photos from tourists.