Sesame Creep Elmo Begs Tourists for Cash

"What's wrong with Elmo, Mommy?"

By Caitlin Millat
|  Saturday, Aug 22, 2009  |  Updated 8:39 AM CDT
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Don't tickle this Elmo -- you'll get more than you bargained for.

A rogue Elmo impersonator wearing the friendly red guy's suit hassled tourists in Times Square last night, demanding money from families who approached to get a picture with their kids -- and swearing when he didn't get his cash.

"No picture. No picture. You have to tip Elmo. You have to tip Elmo or Elmo gets angry," a man in a dirty Elmo suit told a Texas tourist, according to the New York Daily News.

"What's wrong with Elmo, Mommy?" a 4-year-old "Sesame Street" fan asked when "Elmo" put his hand in the kid's mother's camera lens.

"That's not the real Elmo. That's a bad Elmo," 47-year-old Victoria Vought told her son.

Reporters couldn't find out who was behind the Elmo suit -- the furry imposter tried to attack the photographer and reporter who approached.

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