Only in a liberal city could such a thing happen. NYC police are reporting that they have trouble shutting down naked panhandling outside their designated spots. Eight Designated Activity Zones were created last year in response to increased incidents between costumed characters and the public.
Desnudas, painted naked women who perform at Times Square and seven other Activity Zones around the city, are usually painted red, white and blue and have stars painted on their nude bodies.
Law enforcement says their hands are tied because of directives placed on them that makes it difficult if not impossible to go after them. But you will be glad to hear that American citizens are fair game. Some desnudas are male and have known to illegally scam or steal money from people.
Local merchants aren’t very happy. For some of them whose shops are inside the DAZs it’s bad and they leave the DAZs to commit crimes, only to sneak back into those zones if the police show up. NYC police are forbidden to ask about immigration status.
Desnudas are painted nude panhandlers that are often colored in star-spangled patterns and walk the streets of Times Square.
The New York Post sent a reporter to go out and interact with the desnudas and other panhandlers and were greeted with insults and wild gestures.
‘I told you, if you don’t have a tip, then f*** off!’ one star-spangled desnuda said to a Post reporter.
During a walk through the pedestrian plaza with The Post, Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said: ‘Watch — the Hulk always goes and touches people.’
The costumed beast was outside the 47th Street and Broadway zone and would berate potential costumers for money by putting his huge arms around them.
‘The Hulk drives me crazy,’ Tompkins said.
A block south and over at Seventh Avenue, a trio of Minnie Mice working in cahoots with each other.
When a tourist took a selfie, one Minnie would crash the photo but soon the others would join as well.
‘Suddenly, there’s three Minnies in your picture,’ Tomkins said.
‘And a Batman, and a Spider-Man. And they all want cash. And they’re all outside the zone.