Kids enjoy the Punch and Judy show on Weymouth Beach, in Dorset, U.K.

Punch and Judy might be puppets, but they have to eat, too. Wouldn’t you agree? Puppets can work up an appetite knocking each other on the head pretty much nonstop for a few centuries.

You might well be familiar with Punch and Judy. After all, they’ve been “hurling abuse on Britain’s seasides for nearly 400 years,” as The Times of London put it. But now their audiences have started refusing to pay the customary donation (a modest $2.75) and, even more shocking, are expressing indignation at the very idea.