The Xylofolks Make Begging Look Fun

Two people calling themselves the “Xylofolks” are running around New York’s subways and parks dressed as Sesame Street’s Ernie Cookie Monster and a pink ape playing xylophone and the upright base bass (J.F.C.!) for donations:

OMG, genius! They did it! They solved the inherent intractable problem with panhandling: the part where people can know who you are. Some, like NY Mag’s Daily Intel, think the Xylofolks are swell heartwarmers, but I’m more of a cynical, “this is an economic indicator” type of person. If word gets out that these guys are actually making money, there’s going to be a run on the costume shops.