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Free Hugs Mafia / 20091121.7D.00451.P1.L1.BW / SML | by See-ming Lee (SML)
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Free Hugs Mafia / 20091121.7D.00451.P1.L1.BW / SML

So I was walking around Times Square and saw these people holding signs of "Free Hugs." Spread the love — what a nice idea. I saw some videos on YouTube a while back and it was simply great. Interesting that the love has landed in New York! ...or so I thought.

 

I didn't participate in being hugged, but I snap their photos. Milliseconds after my shutter was released, the guy on the left attacked me and demanded that I give him $2 for donation. Then two more of them surrounded me and began to threaten me.

 

This is yet another example of acts that will severely hurt the tourism industry in New York.

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Taken on November 21, 2009