BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai police officers 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.
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.
It's too bad the public won't get to see the cops wearing the armbands, but this does make me wonder what other punishments are used internally. If tardiness warrants wearing a Hello Kitty armband all day, what is the punishment for, say, shooting an unarmed perp? I would make them have to sit and watch Spongebob Squarepants episodes all day long. That would be enough to scare even the baddest cop straight. Hell, after a day like that, they might wish they'd shot themselve.