hello-kitty

Thai cops + Hello Kitty = shame

hello kittyHow's this for strange justice?

Thai policemen who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring Hello Kitty, Japanese icon for "cute," mark of shame for manly officers of the law.

Here are the details, from an AP article on CNN.com:

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thai policemen who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty," the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday.

Hello Kitty is not something "macho police officers want covering their biceps," a Thai police chief says.

Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late — among other misdemeanors — will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won't wear the armband in public.

The striking armband features Hello Kitty sitting atop two hearts.

"Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor," said Pongpat, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.