Thai policemen can be tough guys.
Even the police has trouble keeping it’s own policemen under control.
Acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Pongpat Chayaphan had to come up with measures that would stop police officers in Bangkok from breaking the law – small things like littering, showing up late to work or parking in the wrong spot.
He tried several things, but finally called “Hello Kitty” for help – a popular cartoon character for young girls, the face of a sweet cat.
The plan is simple: a police-officer who gets caught breaking a rule while at work has to wear these pink-colored Hello Kitty armbands. That’s not exactly what a macho-guy policeman wants to do – it’s kind of like putting an Hells Angels rocker in a pink tootoo.
“This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,” Pongpat Chayaphan said. “Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”
Source: New York Times