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TODAY   |  April 09, 2013

Man in ‘Cookie Monster’ suit charged with assault

New York City police are pressing charges against a man dressed up in a Cookie Monster costume after he demanded payment for taking a photo with a family in Times Square, then cursed and pushed the son’s stroller to the ground.

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>> police took cookie monster to court on monday after a mother said a man dressed as cookie monster in times square became belligerent after take a picture with her 2-year-old son demanding to be paid. when her husband went to withdraw money from an atm cookie monster started cursing at him and pushed her son's stroller so hard that he fell to the ground.

>> why don't you like cookie monster ?

>> cookie monster gave me a boo-boo.

>> the man behind the cookie monster mask has been charged with assault and child endangerment. sounds more like oscar the grouch.

>>> a lot of those are unauthorized characters and have nothing to do with the groups.

>> the city police say they are a scourge on the city.