Thursday 5 March 2015 12.56pm
Over the last few weeks, I've noticed large groups of men with faces painted to look like Charlie Chaplin (I can only presume), hanging around on Waterloo Bridge
. This is in the evening. Initially I thought it was some fancy dress thing going on, but subsequently I've seen them standing around tourists, intimidating them to handover money. I think they encourage photos, and then demand ridiculous payment.
Is this a new scam? Is it the same people that used to do the cup game, but have moved onto something else. These large groups of men really are intimidating, and I feel very sorry for the tourists that fall foul of them.