This has apparently be a problem in New York for a while now!
A new type of beggar has popped up in the form of Buddhist monks. No not REAL Buddhist monks, it's mainly Chinese nationals who outfit themselves with the right attire to pull off the right look.
Then they spend their days walking around, and asking for money, in exchange for a plastic bracelet and or others just showing a picture of a temple in order to imply that this is where the money is going.
Don't be fooled though! Many of these "Buddhists" are just the same as your everyday Spiderman or Snoopy walking the streets! The only difference is, someone like Batman will give you a picture with him for your money!
You can imagine that these fakes, aren't making friends with anyone of the Buddhist religion. Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, the president of the Buddhist Council of New York, is quite upset with what has been happening and said: