Cookie Monster is well-known to have an obsession (addiction?) to cookies, but it seems that the blue Sesame Street character can also become a bit belligerent when he doesn't get paid.
According to a New York Post report, a man dressed as Cookie Monster in Times Square assaulted a two-year-old boy this weekend.
The man, named Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, is reported to have posed for a picture with the child and then pressured the boy's mother for two dollars (for cookies, presumably). According to police, when the mother refused to tip, the man "cursed her" and pushed the boy to the ground. Quiroz-Lopez was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
This isn't the first time costumed characters have run afoul of the law in New York City. In December 2012, a man dressed as the video game character Mario in Times Square was arrested for placing his hand on a woman's thigh. In June 2012, a man named Adam Sandler (not that Adam Sandler) was arrested while wearing an Elmo costume and going on an anti-Semitic tirade in Central Park.