The incident was the latest run-in between characters that 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.
I laugh at the timing of this because I was just in Hollywood and had a photo taken with this SquarePants guy. His costume was filthy and I hesitated to get close to Dirty SpongeBob. He did not ask for money but did rub his fingers together after the picture was taken. He was totally expecting moola. My friend gave him a dollar and we went on our way to the Hollywood Bowl.
Back to Bikini Bottom for Dirty SpongeBob!