Monday, August 6, 2007

Bad Thai cops to endure Kitty shame

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Thai police officers who break police rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty." The Japanese icon of cute is now considered as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.

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.

"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. Link

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