Guitar Center Customer Loses Fight With Elmo

Who would punch Elmo in the back of the head? A disgruntled customer at a Guitar Center in Florida, that’s who. The Elmo performer was working a gig at a toy store next door, then wandered over to Guitar Center. That’s when a customer came in, played some drums, behaved aggressively toward other customers and staff, then punched Elmo.

The Elmo character told the local news station WFTV that after he felt the punch, he took off his head and gloves and threw them down, which in mascot culture means “Oh it’s on,” and then: ELMO FIGHT!

I took all his power and guided him into the glass. Not on purpose, you know, but to get him off of me, and he just happened to go head first into the glass case.


It looks good for the kids though. Elmo’s kicking butt, keeping society good. [Laughs.]

CNN says that the attacker suffered two broken fingers, and he’s undergoing a mental health evaluation. I imagine he looks something like this:


Here’s the news clip if you want to hear about the fight directly from Elmo.

“Man attacks Elmo; Elmo wins” [CNN]


Edit Your Comment

  1. AstroPig7 says:

    Elmo knows where you live!

  2. Leksi Wit says:

    “Punch Me Elmo” — The newest must-have toy this Christmas!

  3. lehrdude says:

    You can do want you want to Elmo…but don’t @#$% with Dorothy!

  4. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    Steven Segal is “Plush Man Puppet.”

  5. Mulva says:

    Mr. Noodle finally snapped.

  6. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    I guess Elmo’s a man after all… despite running away from Katy Perry.

  7. macruadhi says:

    It’s tickle Elmo, not Tackle Elmo

  8. Mowens says:

    The only way to respond to this is with laughter.

  9. cmdr.sass says:

    It beats the alternate headline: “Elmo slain in rundown strip mall. Mr. Noodle still at large.”

  10. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Tickle me Elmo?


  11. Murph1908 says:

    Fight fight fight
    Fight fight fight
    Fight fight fight fight fight

  12. Macgyver says:

    It was self defense.
    And why the hell do these people put ads in a video news clip.

    • nybiker says:

      I’m thinking they do it do tickle us off. And at 32 seconds, I am not going to watch it. Well, actually, regardless of the length of the ad, I won’t watch it.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        No – I always jump to another browser tab while that bit is playing.

        • nybiker says:

          Yeah, but then I have to lower the volume so I don’t hear the ad. And remember to restore the sound setting when I get back. Just inconvenient. Just a pet peeve of mine.

          When I watch a show online, I usually have the audio controls open so I can quickly mute the ads (and cover the screen enough so I can see the countdown timer) and keep a blank notepad window open so as to block the permanent ad to the side of the tv show. (How long do I have to see an ad for Clorox Bleach?).

          If you watched the video, I am curious, how long was the actual video?

  13. Mundo says:

    Oh look, Florida…

  14. mac-phisto says:

    lol. dude even sounds like elmo.

  15. smartmuffin says:

    This is the punch, la la la la….

  16. AK47 - Now with longer screen name! says:

    Did he keep using the Elmo voice while he was trash-talking the attacker? Because that would make it extra awesome . . .

  17. DeKalb says:

    My friend that worked as a character at Disney World got punched in almost the exact same way a few years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the exact same person.

  18. qbubbles says:

    I’m a bigger fan of Janice. Is she a girl? Is he a boy? Did she used to be a boy? So many questions.

    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem ftw!!!!!!!!

    • qbubbles says:

      “So I told him ‘Look, buddy, I don’t take my clothes off for anybody, even if it is artistic,’ and… Oh” ~Janice

  19. brianisthegreatest says:

    Wow, what an exciting presentation for the store customers. I’d buy from that place. Hopefully someone was kind enough to play some crazy metal riffs on a guitar as the battle ensued.

  20. iamlost26 says:

    Are you steppin’? Are you steppin’ to Elmo???

  21. Shadowfax says:

    WHY IS THIS ON CONSUMERI. . . (just kidding ;) )

    “Elmo SMASH!”

  22. scoosdad says:

    And cue the lawyer letter from Sesame Workshop to the toy store for using the Elmo character in an unauthorized promotional appearance.

    Chances are pretty good it was just someone at a store who rented the costume from a local rental place and not an authorized character appearance. If the appearance had been sanctioned by Sesame Workshop, the performer would never have been allowed to stray anywhere near the Guitar Center store. Disney is also very protective of their characters in the same way. I know; I used to do mascot gigs a long time ago.

  23. MikeM_inMD says:

    Who knew that Elmo was Chuck Norris’ love child.