'Bad Elmo' now in San Francisco

March 6, 2014 9:26:56 PM PST
A street performer known for harassing people while dressed as Elmo is now in San Francisco. Dan Sandler has been hanging around Fisherman's Wharf posing for pictures and asking for tips.

His past is as colorful as his costume. Sandler was arrested in New York for going on an anti-Semitic rant and harassing people. He admits he once ran a pornographic website and tried to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.

Fisherman's Wharf merchants are uneasy about him. They fear he attracts the wrong people.

"Whoever wants to take a picture with me, I will take a picture," Sandler said. "I do not discriminate against any person. If they want to take a picture with me I take one. I've done nothing wrong to anybody here."

Sandler says he is the victim of a smear campaign and says he is not a threat to anyone.

He was cited by police on Sunday for aggressive panhandling.