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LAPD detains man in SpongeBob SquarePants outfit

September 14, 2011 |  8:52 pm

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A man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was detained by police outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, officials said Wednesday.

The man was questioned but not arrested Tuesday in what a Los Angeles Police Department official described as a "brief incident with two females." No other details were available.

A photo of the scene on Hollywood Boulevard was taken by Steve Boelhouwer, who submitted it to The Times.

The incident was the latest run-in between characters who pose for pictures with tourists and then aggressively demand money, according to police.

City rules allow people to tip characters, but prohibit them from demanding payment.


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Photo: The scene outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Steve Boelhouwer