Thai police plan to shame renegade officers by making them wear pink “Hello Kitty” armbands.
“(Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps,” Col. Pongpat Chayaphan tells the Associated Press. He says anyone who litters, arrives late or parks illegally will be subject to the unorthodox punishment.
“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,” Pongpat says.
The Bangkok Post says offenders will wear the armband while accompanying a senior officer throughout the office. They will be prohibited from discussion the armband, including the violation that earned them the hot pink accoutrement. (The Post has a photo.) It will not be worn outside the office, the stories say.
If the “Hello Kitty” treatment doesn’t work, the Bangkok Recorder says repeat offenders will go before a special panel that can impose additional punishments, such as guard duty or detention.
Would the “moon-faced global icon of cuteness” force you to change your behavior?