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Man giving away free hugs punches woman in the face for refusing to give tip

By Mason White 2:09 PM May 13, 2016
Sophie Violene Dauvois 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman of Canada, told police that a man who was giving away free hugs in New York, punched her in the face after she refused to give him a tip.

The New York Police Department said that the man offering free hugs in Times Square, is in jail after allegedly hitting the tourist from Ontario.

According to the 22-year-old woman, after she took a picture with the man holding a sign saying “free hugs” on Thursday, he demanded money.

24-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein demanded money three times, and each time she refused to pay, pointing to the sign.

After the third request, he punched Sophie Violene Dauvois in the face. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment for severe facial swelling.

Himmelstein has been charged with theft and fraudulent accosting. Himmelstein claimed that he gives free hugs to make people feel better.