Banned in NYC, "Evil Elmo" Hits SF Fisherman's Wharf, Playgrounds - NBC Bay Area

Banned in NYC, "Evil Elmo" Hits SF Fisherman's Wharf, Playgrounds

The man with anger and racist issues who dresses up as Elmo is now in San Francisco.



    48-year old Dan Sandler, a past pornographer, is the now and future man in an Elmo costume who shouts racist slogans. (Published Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013)

    The man in the Elmo costume? He's banned in Cambodia and New York City, but San Francisco is his new lucrative home.

     Adam Sandler, 48 -- no relation to the famous actor -- is a fixture in online videos and social media for his penchant of dressing up as the red and fuzzy "Sesame Street" character and strutting his stuff in front of children. Right before he's detained by police and launches into an anti-Semitic rant, that is.
    After his arrest in New York went viral online, Sandler was seen in several places in San Francisco recently, according to the San Francisco Examiner. First, on Saturday, cops responded to reports of a man in an Elmo costume "trying to hug kids" at Rossi Park in the Richmond District, according to reports. Officers responded to the park at 9:15 a.m. but did not arrest the costumed character, for he broke no laws, the newspaper reported.
    The so-called "Evil Elmo" is now a fixture at Fisherman's Wharf, where he makes a solid living posing for photographs with tourists, the newspaper reported.
    That's consistent with Sandler's behavior in the past. According to the New York Times, he was arrested back in New York City for "harassing tourists in Times Square."
    Sandler has a colorful past as a pornographer: he was exiled from Cambodia in the late 1990s for running a controversial pornography web site.