- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - It was no cat-and-mouse game when Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse clashed in Times Square.

Police say two women underneath the costumed characters were arrested on assault charges after fighting over tips Thursday afternoon.

It’s the latest in a series of flare-ups in recent years among the cartoon characters who roam Times Square, seeking money to pose for photos with passers-by. Some characters have been accused of assaulting tourists, harassing people, groping women and punching a police officer.

A city councilman proposed last fall to require the characters to be licensed and to wear photo IDs. Critics called the rules are unnecessary and said they’d make the characters’ already low-paying work harder.

The performers say most of them don’t demand money, just suggest they be tipped.

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