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Tailed by controversy from New York to L.A., this Cookie Monster lives far from Sesame Street

Tailed by controversy from New York to L.A., this Cookie Monster lives far from Sesame Street

The man who would be the Cookie Monster circled the parking lot in a beat-up, maroon van.

Inside, a pair of red and black boxers hung from the grab handle. A toothbrush and tube of toothpaste were stashed in the glove box. But his prized possession was stuffed in a large plastic bag: the furry blue costume of the iconic Sesame Street character. 

Adam Sandler — his legal name, but no relation to the comic actor — slipped the outfit over a sweat-drenched blue T-shirt before putting on the head with the famously googly eyes.

Then he got to work, playing Pied Piper for children going in and out of the Los Angeles Zoo and,...

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