Times Square summit between NYPD and costumed characters turns bitter

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By RYAN GORMAN

The NYPD was reportedly blown off by several of the costumed characters trolling Times Square for tourist dollars during a scheduled sit-down earlier this week.

The Wednesday summit took place on the iconic fire engine red bleachers above the Foley Square TKTS booth. It was attended by multiple NYPD officials but many of the panhandlers reportedly skipped it, the rest showed up with a lawyer.

"They said, 'We have nothing to say. Talk to her, [our] rep,'" the source told the New York Post of the heroes-turned-villains who earn cash by posing for pictures with star-struck out of towners.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: People dressed in various famous character costumes, who pose for photos with people for money, talk in Times Square on April 9, 2014 in New York City. The iconic New York City intersection of of Broadway and Seventh Ave., was christened 'Times Square' 110 years ago after New York City Mayor George B. McClellan signed a resolution to change the name from Long Acre Square. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Costumed characters gather on a corner August 20, 2013 in New York's Times Square as they try to attract attention of tourists who want to pose for photographs with them. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 9, 2013 file photo, a Super Mario character, left, uses a woman's mobile phone camera to photograph her with a pair of Elmo characters in New York's Times Square. A New York City Council member is drafting legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square. The bill being proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a background check. There have been a number of troublesome incidents involving costumed figures who try to make a living by charming tourists. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
A costumed street busker holds See's Chocolate Caramel lollypops in Times Square as See's Candies prepares to celebrate National Lollypop Day, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in New York. National Lollypop Day is observed on Saturday, July 20. (Photo by John Minchillo/Invision for See's Candies/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: A person dressed in a 'Hello Kitty' costume attempts to have her photo taken with a boy for money Times Square on April 9, 2014 in New York City. The iconic New York City intersection of of Broadway and Seventh Ave., was christened 'Times Square' 110 years ago after New York City Mayor George B. McClellan signed a resolution to change the name from Long Acre Square. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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"The meeting was a waste of time," another police source told the paper. "They were in their little costumes, [and] they didn't give a s**t about what we had to say."

Tensions have flared between Iron Man, Elmo, Mickey Mouse and others as tourists have begun filing harassment complaints and assault charges against the fiery miscreants, many of whom were previously reported by the New York Times to be undocumented immigrants.

NYPD brass took the meeting of the minds seriously, according to the Post. There were meetings with legal reps beforehand to make sure everything was on the up and up.



But Batman showed why he is not the hero Gotham deserves or needs when asked why he did not make the meeting.

"These cops disrespect us so much. They are aggressive and hassle us for no reason. Cops yell at us and say, 'F**k you!' so f**k them back," he snarled at the Post. "They say we are bad, but they can be bad too. So screw them."

He also happened to be in jail for assault after punching a heckler.

Undercover operations have led to several arrests of the creepy characters, including an Elmo photographed on Twitter earlier this week.

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