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NYPD Launches Awareness Campaign on Times Square's Costumed Characters

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The NYPD launches a campaign to help protect visitors from being taken advantage of by costumed characters in Times Square.

The department says its partnering with Times Square Alliance handing out fliers that explain that taking photographs with the characters is free and tipping is optional.

The fliers urge people to talk to a police officer or call 911 if a character gets out of hand.

The campaign is responding to several incidents.

More recently, a Times Square Spider Man was arrested after police said he hit an officer.

It happened after the officer told a tourist she could tip whatever amount she wanted instead of the amount the man was demanding.

The City Council is considering requiring licenses and background checks for costumed characters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing the plan, saying the characters have "gone too far.''

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