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When Cartoon Characters Go Bad

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Are we imagining it or have cartoon characters been getting in touch with their wild side?

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It seems that moms can't be too careful when encountering adults wearing costumes, especially when it's not Halloween. Case in point: Last week, Japanese police arrested a 20-year-old man who attacked and robbed two people while wearing a Winnie the Pooh costume. Masayuki Ishikawa--sporting the beloved bear suit--was with two friends who were dressed as a mouse and a panther. Of course passers-by stared, (because--as we all know--there are no mice or panthers at Pooh Corner) allegedly provoking the furry trio.

"It's uncommon to see people dressed up like this, so the victims were watching them. Then the perpetrator came up and said 'What are you staring at?'" a police spokesman said. Ishikawa and his friends beat up the two victims and stole $160 (to score some honey?) from them. What was up with the silly get-ups? A spokesman said they had run out of clean clothes.

Yeah, but their weird animal costumes must've just come back from the dry cleaners.

Here are more cartoon characters on the edge:
disneyarrests.jpgPissed at the 'Happiest Place on Earth'
Protesters--many dressed in Disney character costumes-- were lead away in handcuffs Friday because of a contract dispute involving the 2,300 workers of three Disney-owned hotels. Families had to cross the picket line to get inside the park. How do you explain to your kid why Snow White is being driven away in a cop car?
scooby.jpg Ruh Roh! Scooby Doo drunk in public 
In July, a drunk spectator at an Australian sporting event ran onto the field in a Scooby Doo costume. The prankster, Nicholas Anthony Allen, fled the scene in a car and tossed the costume out the window. The Scooby Doo suit was traced back to its original costume shop. He was fined $500 and was denied Scooby Snacks for one week.
joker.jpg Holy Misdemeanor! Joker arrested
Spencer Taylor, a Batman obsessed 20-year-old from Michigan, was arrested for attempting to steal posters from a theater playing The Dark Knight flick. The joke was on him because he ended up spending 11 hours in jail and was fined $7,000. That'll wipe that smile off of his face.
emo.jpg Elmo: Tickle me busted 
Two costumed impersonators--typically seen hanging out in front of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre taking pictures with tourists--were arrested in 2005 for harassing passersby for money. Elmo and Mr. Incredible were taken away at gunpoint and fined $100. Elmo was overheard saying "That gun tickles!"
subway.jpg Subway sandwich assaulted
Not technically a cartoon character costume but certainly an adorable, deliciously-tempting outfit, a Subway sandwich wearer/14-year-old was robbed of his tasty clothes as he stood outside a Subway shop passing out flyers. No word on if the teens who perpetrated the crime were planning to wear the costume or eat it.


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