This advertisement went up in front of Madame Tussauds explaining to tourists that they do not have to tip us. It took me a little research to figure out who was behind it but it appears the most of it is from the Hollywood Entertainment District which patrols and operates the Hollywood and Highland Mall and CVS/Fresh and Easy areas. They state "Hollywood Safe Sidewalks is an initiative put forward by the Hollywood Business Community and City Agencies". That would probably indicate that City money is being spent to prevent performers and other street entertainers from making money. It sounds like good money going after bad.
They continue with:
Hollywood Safe Sidewalks is an initiative put forward by the Hollywood Business Community and City Agencies to educate visitors as to what constitutes legal vending in Hollywood. As our guest we want to ensure that your visit is fun and memorable! Please note that street vendors along the Boulevard are in place under their own merit. Character actors, impersonators, performers, and CD vendors are not licensed or sanctioned by any City or Commercial entity along the Boulevard.
As a visitor to Hollywood you are welcome to take photos with these individuals for FREE. You may, if you so choose, give a donation for their products/or services, however you DO NOT HAVE TO.
If you are unsure as to what constitutes legal vending while visiting the area please feel free to visit the Visitor’s Center inside the Hollywood and Highland complex, or call (323) 463-6767 for more information. Thank you and please enjoy your visit to Hollywood!