Armband of Shame

Apparently the police in Thailand have come up with the perfect way to keep their police officers in line – threaten to make them wear a pink Hello Kitty armbands to discipline them for such things as being late for work, parking in prohibited areas, fighting, failing to report for duty and giving poor service:

Hello Kitty eco bag

This is apparently not a joke and is intended to shame police officers into doing a better job and from repeating offences. The department has 10 armbands available that will begin being used this week. Just to make things a bit worse, first-time offenders must accompany the officer rostered as deputy chief of the day which means wearing the armband to all the major offices within the Crime Suppression Division.

Living in Hello Kitty Hell and knowing what it feels like to walk around with Hello Kitty, I have a feeling that this project will either be a great success or the Thai government will be overthrown in protest – with the edge going toward a complete government overthrow.

Of course, my wife doesn’t see it quite the same way. “If all police officers wore Hello Kitty armbands, the public would love and respect them a lot more. The Hello Kitty armband should be a part of every police uniform…”

It seems that I won’t be the only person living in Hello Kitty Hell this week…

via Bangkok Post (better photo courtesy of Chris)

29 thoughts on “Armband of Shame

  1. To me, I don’t think it will work unless it says “shame” or “reprimand” on there. Otherwise to the general population it could just look like they are supporting HK. Watch it increase the sales of HK…

    However, on a side note…HK could very well be the ambassador to world peace. How? She has no mouth. If the White House, politicans in Dafur and Middle East all adhered to the standard of say no evil — we just might live in a HK world. Peace and harmony. Besides, if it wasn’t peace and harmony, no one could say anything to complain!!!!

  2. A Hello Kitty world? With armband wearing police backing up a world where no one talks? Siouxie let’s leave it at the world simply isn’t ready for HK consciousness.

    Utopia based on spending on a imaginary being. I guess religions have started with less……..

  3. I was sooo getting ready to email this to you. Ok personally, i would wear the arm band cause it’s pretty and hello kitty. This would sooooo not be a punishment for me. Bet your wife feels the same way.

    Toodles and have a hello kitty day!!!!

  4. LOL wow this is by far the best site i have seen in a long time!!

    as much as i hate the fact that you dis hello kitty, i love seeing all of the hello kitty stuff and reading your hilarious commentary.

    and your wife sounds like such a lovely lady, youre a lucky man to be living in hello kitty hell with her :]

    ps- where can i find those hello kitty converse?? haha j/k!! but they are the most amazing shoes i have ever seen….

    i want them almost as bad as i want the paris hilton hello kitty toy. thats right, im obsessed with hello kitty AND paris!! *evil laugh*

  5. This may well backfire. Think about it. You have a cop who’s already been cautioned for fighting, insubordination or whatever. Some other cop, or worse, a suspect, sees this hothead’s HK armband and starts ragging him about it. The cop, his pride already smarting from the Hello Kitty humiliation, commits Hello Kitty homicide.

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  7. Echo rachel =D

    I think it’s a great idea. Nobody is going to take a policeman seriously with one of these on.
    “You don’t have to pay that speeding fine if you give me 1000 baht.”
    “What’cha going to use it for, Strawberry Pocky?”

    Maybe for police who get caught taking bribes they should be forced to wear a Hello Kitty suit.

  8. I also can’t help noticing the Nazi armband similarity. So, I wrote a little Hello Kitty Nazi Anthem:

    Hallo Katze über alles,
    Über alles in der Welt,
    wenn es stets zu Niedlichkeit
    Verkäufe zusammenhält.
    kaufen Sie sie nette Kleidung,
    und sie Schlafsack und sie zelt!
    Hallo Katze über alles,
    Über alles in der Welt.

  9. Haha! I am a little late I guess but I saw it on the web today and was gonna email you. I guess I should have known that you already knew about it. lol

  10. I’d LOVE to have one of these armbands — and can’t find one available anywhere. I’m surprised. I’d love to wear one — and tell people why!!

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