Yesterday, news broke in Los Angeles that the (in)famous characters on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame were arrested! Local Angelenos know that these “actors” – people dressed in costumes, trolling for tips – are often aggressive and antagonistic toward tourists, but did we know their activity was illegal? First, the costumes are licensed. Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Shrek – all of these are licensed images, likenesses and costumes. To make money off them is theoretically illegal. Second, these people are essentially doing business – demanding money when a tourist take a picture with them. You must have a license in order to do business, and these people do not. Third, the aggressive behavior perpetrated by these people (and I, for one, have been body-checked by Superman) is punishable as assault if it’s bad enough. I have wanted to do a story on these people for a long time, but they are quite an unfriendly bunch, and would demand remuneration for an interview; something to which I am opposed. So instead, I bring you this story from KTLA, and you can read all about it.