Hello Kitty Thai police officers Thailand Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgRemember those dancing Filipino prisoners?
Well, these days Asia is abounding with new and interesting approaches to crime and punishment. From the AP:

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….

“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.

pekkle the duck Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgBut Hello Kitty is eminently appealing. Could this strategy backfire? Might there be some police officers who will deliberately misbehave, to win the privilege of having that cute cat straddling their bicep?
P.S. Hello Kitty isn’t our favorite Sanrio character. That honor goes to Pekkle the Duck. He’s unspeakably adorable!
Bad Thai Cops to Endure Kitty Shame [Associated Press]
Earlier: Sentencing Reform: Dancing Will Set You Free

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