We ran into this guy in Times Square, who, once he saw anyone had a camera, turned his face to the wall so they couldn't take his picture and pointed to his bag indicating that they should give him money before he would pose for them.

But we are the smartest women alive and so we walked around behind him and waited until someone else tried to take his picture. He turned to hide his face from them and...

Gotcha Elmo!

Then we ran.

Which is probably a good thing because later in the day we read this in the Daily News, which gets my personal award for best headline of the year:

What the h-Elmo, man? Surly man dressed as 'Sesame Street' character hassles Times Square tourists

Elmo no like tourists, tightwads - or photographers. At least a rogue version of the lovable "Sesame Street" character hassling passersby outside Planet Hollywood in Times Square Friday night didn't. The dirty and creepy character demanded money from people and, when he didn't get it, swore and jostled them. "No picture. No picture. You have to tip Elmo. You have to tip Elmo or Elmo gets angry," the impostor shouted as he stuck a filthy red paw over a Texas tourist's camera lens. "What the hell, Elmo? Keep your hands to yourself," shouted Victoria Vought, 47, pulling away...

...The phony's temper finally got the best of him when a Daily News reporter and photographer tried to find out who he was. He angrily lunged at the photographer but came up empty and then apologized. "Look man, Elmo needs to make a living, too," he said.