Thai officials hope Hello Kitty can shame errant cops

  1. 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.

    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.

    "(Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It's not something macho police officers want covering their biceps," Pongpat said.

    He said police caught breaking the law will be subject the same fines and penalties as any other members of the public.

    "We want to make sure that we do not condone small offenses," Pongpat said, adding that the CSD believed that getting tough on petty misdemeanors would lead to fewer cases of more serious offenses including abuse of power and mistreatment of the public by police officers.

    Hello Kitty, invented by Sanrio Co. in 1974, has been popular for years with children and young women. The celebrity cat adorns everything from diamond-studded jewelry, Fender guitars and digital cameras to lunch boxes, T-shirts and stationery.
     
  2. I am sure the folks at Sanrio are amused to hear their product is being used to shame cops. :p
     
  3. Lol. They'd be cute.
     
  4. Too bad that wouldn't work where I live!!!!

    I have always upheld repsect for law enforcement, but one of my pet-peeves is when they think they are above the law.

    Around where I live the police and state highway patrol NEVER obey the speed limit (when driving down the road like every one else, if they're on a call I understand) and 9.5 times out of 10 when one drives by they're on a cell phone!!!!!!
     
  5. Hahaha, way to go Hello Kitty. She's nothing to be ashamed of, I'd wear her anytime.
     
  6. Hahahahaha, that's so funny! I can just imagine it now!
     
  7. Me too!!! :yahoo:
     
  8. I think that's pretty funny! Cruel and unusual punishment.. well not really cruel.. maybe it should be Cute and Unusual punishment lmao!?!
     
  9. Lol. How ingenious!!! Something as silly as this probably WILL work better than any other punishment.
     
  10. I can just the red faces now lol
     
  11. haha, what? That's hilarious.
     
  12. Too bad that wouldn't work where I live!!!!

    I have always upheld repsect for law enforcement, but one of my pet-peeves is when they think they are above the law.

    Around where I live the police and state highway patrol NEVER obey the speed limit (when driving down the road like every one else, if they're on a call I understand) and 9.5 times out of 10 when one drives by they're on a cell phone!!!!!!


    Hello Kitty,
    I am a law enforcement officer in your area and just wanted to fill you in on a couple of things....
    You never know when an officer is responding to a call. We very seldom run lights and siren, except for the major calls. When we are responding to a call we may not be going the speed limit.
    Who might we be talking to on the cell phone??!! One never knows, but alot of times it is work related....calling into dispatch, other officers, citizens...etc....
    Don't make such generalizations if you don't have a clue what it's like. Maybe you should go on a ride along to become better informed :yes:
     
  13. I'm not trying to make generalizations because I have 4 family members that are law enforcement, both on the local level and on the state level. And I've talked to them about these issues and they have even expressed their concern about these issues. They recognize my concerns and voice them too.

    Yes I do apologize if I made a generalization that was directed at ALL law enforcement and you took in a condecending way, that I will apologize for, :smile: I apologize because that wasn't my gut intention. Although I realize it came out that way. But I know what the issues are in my area, and I have disscussed some of these issues with the local law enforcement.

    Maybe YOU shouldn't make generalizations if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about. Yes I realize the error and mistake in my orginal choice or words, but maybe you shouldn't make generlizations that I'm not informed. And not that it's any of your business, but I have been on a ride along, I had fun and learned alot. But thanks for your opinion and input. And please continue to keep our streets, cities, and lives safe.
     
  14. :roflmfao:
     
  15. I wonder if it would work for more than a short time, when they get used to it it probably will have less effect.