After disappearing for a few months, "Evil Elmo" has returned to his post in Times Square, demanding payment for photos and generally disturbing all who grace his path. But according to Elmo himself, he's just trying to earn an honest wage! He told the Daily News, "I'm not being rude. Taking an Elmo picture without paying is rude." Ugh, tourists.

Passersby who attempted to take a photograph with Elmo were usually met with angry shouts of, "Five dollars! Five dollars! No five dollars, no picture of Elmo," and a few times the character attempted to knock cameras out of people's hands. A tourist said, "I'm just disgusted. The thing is, I don't mind giving a dollar, but that furry red thing was too aggressive. I think it swore at me. I wasn't going to let my daughter anywhere near it. I also think it kind of smelled." One man lamented, "What's happened to society? Now Elmo is trying to shake down kids for a dollar? Only in New York." Way to use that defense mechanism!