Super Mario Busted In New York: Weed, Women And Case Of Groping Thursday 20 December, 2012

By: Kaptain Kush


Earlier this year, a performer dressed as Elmo was kicked out of Central Park for spouting anti-semitic slurs.  


The nutty freak show of New York Street performers are just a part of daily life in Times Square. The sometimes delirious actors dress in a wide variety of costumes and occasionally put on a show worthy of seeing for a few dead Presidents. While probably not the glamorous life they were looking for, in New York City, it’s a living. While we know it’s tough, and they may be disgruntled, it’s really pretty uncouth to use your street mime occupation as a platform for groping people, particularly when your high as a kite andthe costume you choose is that super Mario.

The Daily News reports that Damon Torress, 34, was dressed up as Mario at Times Square when he was caught touching the thigh of a 58-year-old woman. A security guard at the scene said he “walked up to her and touched her private parts.” The police arrested him soon after and charged him with forcible touching and unlawful possession of the only thing that could’ve made him fill a  conscience… weed.

This isn’t the first time that a street performer dressed as a children’s icon has found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Earlier this year, a performer dressed as Elmo was kicked out of Central Park for spouting anti-semitic slurs. Funny or depressingly enough, depending on who you ask, the performer shares a name with Adam Sandler.

There’s no law barring street performers in New York City as long as they aren’t obstructing traffic or selling goods. Many citizens feel that the city should ban them though. Speaking to the Daily News, one street vendor, Betty Ford, said that street performers are “always putting their hands on you.” She then said that the “police should keep them all out.”

Costumed street performers are great, but you should probably stick to the mimes and music performers. Guys in mascot suits are already kind of creepy, even at a “safe” place like Disney World, but there’s nothing stopping them from getting a handful on the streets of a busy place like New York City. source

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