Ever the denizens of social harmony, The China Daily launched a crusade earlier this week against costumed mascots posing as Disney characters outside the Bird’s Nest Stadium:
China Daily reporters contacted the [Disney] company on Wednesday after witnessing two people in Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes posing with visitors and then demanding 10 yuan. "This is a very big deal. We’ll send people to Beijing immediately to see what’s going on," said Huang Chen at Disney’s Shanghai headquarters. Staff based in its capital office said they had no knowledge of the performers. As many as eight people are working in the area, with three roaming the square between the National Stadium and the Water Cube dressed as Fu Wa, the 2008 Olympics mascots. Some claim to be disabled to pressure tourists into paying up.
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