It’s not easy to bear witness to the downward spiral of a childhood hero.
It wasn’t that long ago that Cookie Monster, whose last known address is somewhere on Sesame Street, was the prime suspect in the brazen theft of a 44-pound bronze cracker, and now he stands accused of pushing a 2-year-old boy.
NBC 4 New York reports that a Connecticut woman claims an aggressive man dressed as Cookie Monster in New York City’s Times Square picked up her son and encouraged her to snap a photo of the two of them. Afterward, he allegedly demanded $2 from the woman, who said that she would need to get cash from her husband.
She claims that response triggered a torrent of profanity from Cookie Monster — “I cannot even repeat what he was saying,” the woman said — who then pushed the child to the ground.
The man in the blue-fur suit, 33-year-old Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, was arrested and arraigned Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child. His work partner, who dresses as Elmo (no joke!), proclaimed his friend’s innocence. Count von Count was overheard saying, “One! That’s up to one year in jail! Ah … ah … ah!”