Bad Thai cops to wear the Scarlet Kitty

Question: How do you discipline bad cops who litter, arrive late, park where they aren’t supposed to, and commit other misdemeanors? Answer: Make them wear Hello Kitty armbands as punishment. In Thailand, police officers who behave badly will now have to wear a hot pink armband—picturing Hello Kitty sitting on two hearts—as a mark of ...

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Question: How do you discipline bad cops who litter, arrive late, park where they aren't supposed to, and commit other misdemeanors?

Answer: Make them wear Hello Kitty armbands as punishment.

In Thailand, police officers who behave badly will now have to wear a hot pink armband—picturing Hello Kitty sitting on two hearts—as a mark of shame. A police official explained the rationale by saying: "[Hello] Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It's not something macho police officers want covering their biceps."

Question: How do you discipline bad cops who litter, arrive late, park where they aren’t supposed to, and commit other misdemeanors?

Answer: Make them wear Hello Kitty armbands as punishment.

In Thailand, police officers who behave badly will now have to wear a hot pink armband—picturing Hello Kitty sitting on two hearts—as a mark of shame. A police official explained the rationale by saying: “[Hello] Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”

The only concession is that officers receiving the armband punishment will have to stay in the division office all day. They won’t have to wear Hello Kitty in public.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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