Masayuki Ishikawa was hanging out on a Tokyo street corner after midnight last month while wearing the cuddly costume, accompanied by two friends dressed as a mouse and a panther, when he took offence at being stared at, police said.Not content to simply shout out the Japanese equivalent of "hey, take a picture; it lasts longer," the Fur Pile Three decided a little cartoon violence was in order -- not something the REAL Winnie the Pooh is known for, by the way.
Mr. Ishikawa and his friends beat up the two victims and stole $160 from them, the spokesman said, adding the group had apparently donned the unusual garb because they had run out of clean clothes.Ran out of clean clothes? Wow. That explains so much about Superman, and Batman and Robin -- you know, that underwear on the outside thing. There's also a hint of Darwin Award nominee here -- 'can you identify the mugger' -- 'why yes, it was that guy over there in the Winnie the Pooh costume, the one standing next to the mouse and the panther.'
Anyway, I'll counter this weird mental image with one of Winnie the Pooh in happier circumstances. From White River, Ontario:
Photo Credit: Jack of Hearts blog