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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Hello Punishment Kitty

posted by on August 9 at 8:32 AM

Thai police officers caught for a range of minor misdemeanours will have to sport hot pink armbands of Hello Kitty, the Japanese icon of cuteness, as a form of punishment.

The striking armband features the Hello Kitty cat character invented by Japan’s Sanrio Co in 1974 sitting atop two hearts.


“Simple warning s no longer work,” [said Police Colonel Pongpat Chayaphan] “This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offence, no matter how minor.”

There’s a Ph.D. in gender studies, just waiting to be built on this story.

(Thanks, Erika!)

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And they think the cops won't steal them. That's so nice, but those limited edition armbands could get the pricey on the international e-bay market.

Posted by Phenics | August 9, 2007 8:41 AM

Hey, I SlogTipped that story on Monday!

Posted by Carollani | August 9, 2007 8:44 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | August 9, 2007 8:54 AM

Hey! My friend blogblogged this LAST F-ing WEEK!!

Posted by latercomers | August 9, 2007 9:23 AM

Maybe the lesbian gangs that O'Reilly talked about will be sporting those, along with their pink pistols. ;)

Posted by Original Monique | August 9, 2007 9:25 AM

If I saw a cop wearing one it'd be hard not to go all Nelson on him and point... "HAA HAA!"

Posted by monkey | August 9, 2007 9:35 AM

What about the cops who are 8 year-old girls? It doesn't seem like it would be a deterrent for them at all.

Posted by Kiru Banzai | August 9, 2007 9:50 AM

Great, now my 3 year old is gonna wanna move to Thailand and be a cop when she grows up.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 9, 2007 9:50 AM

Well, it's not the WORST idea they could come up with.

I have an idea. The SPD should borrow this idea and take it a step farther: have cops who commit misdemeanors wear a full hot pink cop suit.

Yes, there are women in the SPD, but the idea isn't so much a sex-identity one as much as a 'this uniform is garishly loud and ugly' one.

Of course, neither idea addresses the compromise of an officer's perception of authority, but hey.

Posted by Gomez | August 9, 2007 10:06 AM

I like it. The concept of shaming seems to work especially well, and I feel it has been largely overlooked in North America.

Maybe they should do something like this in the US and Canada for misdemeanors... ;)

Posted by Toby | August 9, 2007 10:32 AM

I don't know if shaming could work here anymore. There are too many people who just don't give a shit. Not surprisingly, they're more likely to pull stuff that's worthy of shaming.

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