"Unruly costumed performers become global menace" is the headline of a story in the "News" section of a major metropolitan newspaper today. The story concerns people who don plush, oversized cartoon character costumes as a profession.

The costumed character virus that's been infecting Times Square has now spread to Spain — where they too have menacing panhandlers running rampant in their city squares!

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