LAPD detains man in SpongeBob SquarePants outfit
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.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: The scene outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Steve Boelhouwer