Everything was not a-ok Sunday in New York's Times Square. In fact, it got pretty crummy when Parmita Kurada, her husband, and two sons were headed to Toys R Us to buy a new bicycle.
On the way, her 2-year-old son, Samay, spotted some costumed characters who work the area and collect tips for posing with tourists. According to the New York Daily News, they took a picture with a character from Puss in Boots, then Cookie Monster got greedy and started angling hard for his shot at a tip. Kurada says he got so aggressive that he scooped her son right up and said, "Come on, take a picture!"
With no cash on hand for a tip, she sent her husband to an ATM to withdraw some, but that wasn't quick enough for Cookie Monster. Karuda said Cookie Monster, aka 33-year-old street performer Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, actually pushed her 2-year-old son and started cursing at her.
"You are a bitch, your son is a bastard, and your stuff is trash,” Cookie Monster reportedly shouted at her.
This coming from the mouth of Cookie Monster! If she hadn't been so frightened and appalled by him doing this in front of her son, there might have been some humor there. But as it was, there was nothing funny about it. She said he kept asking for money, and she was getting scared. She told the New York Post:
I was shocked. I said, "Why are you talking like this? You’ll get your money." I don’t know if he pushed the stroller or Samay, but the next thing I knew, Samay was startled and on the ground.
Police were called, and after reviewing security footage, Quiroz-Lopez now faces charges of child endangerment and aggressive begging. Hopefully, he'll be punished to the full extent of the law.
What a horrible thing to do to a child. My kids were scared enough of costumed characters when they were that age. So to have him make them even creepier is just vile. This kid will probably never be comfortable around them again, and that's a shame, because they can be such a sweet source of joy for them.
If it had been Oscar the Grouch, it might have been a tad more explainable to the boy, but it had to be Cookie Monster, which makes this whole crazy story even worse. Shame on him.
Has your child ever had a bad experience with a character?
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