Just about a month ago Stillanerd ran a story on our front page about New York seeking legislation to deal with costumed characters in Times Square after a series of unfortunate altercations. We also discussed it on the Spider-News podcast this month.
Hot on the heels of that hubbub comes yet another Spider-Man related misadventure in Times Square between New York’s finest and – you guessed it – someone dressed as Spider-Man.
Unfortunately, this time a Spider-Pretended decided he could take on the Five-O.
From the New York Post:
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Meet your Un-Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!
A panhandler dressed as the iconic webslinger repeatedly punched a cop in the face during a violent Times Square tussle Saturday afternoon, police said.
It had been just another routine day of bedlam at the Crossroads of the World, with crowds of costumed characters shaking down tourists for cash — until Spidey came out swinging in a caught-on-video outburst.
The not-so-Marvel-ous comic-book creature had been demanding $10 from tourists who wanted to pose for pictures, police said.
“Fives, tens, or 20s only,” he allegedly demanded.
It was at about 2 p.m. when a cop overheard the outrageous prices and confronted the superzero.
That’s when the angered arachnid went anarchic, sources said.
Asked for ID, Spidey spewed venom. “F–k you! This is none of your business,” he allegedly seethed, tearing off his mask.
As the cop moves to arrest him, the tights-clad beggar bugs out.
Witness video captures him throwing at least two roundhouse punches at the male officer — the first punch knocking off the cop’s cap — as a policewoman joins in the attempt to subdue Spidey, the sources said.
So what does this mean for people who dress up as Spidey or any other costume performer while demanding money for photos? Well it’s definitely giving more weight to the calls for registration and background checks.
As mentioned in the article, nearby tourists caught the altercation on a cell phone camera. It immediately went on the YouTubes, where anything ever recorded goes. Warning: The video below contains shocking and horrific imagery. It is not intended for younger or sensitive viewers. (It’s probably okay for Spideydude to watch, though! Heh!)