Hello Kitty, Goodbye Self-Respect

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Forget a stern warning, pay cut, or suspension. Thai police officers will be getting the worst penalty possible if they're deemed perpetual screw-ups: a pink Hello Kitty armband. Apparently nothing says discipline like undermining a man's masculinity.

If he parks in the wrong place, or shows up late for work, or is seen dropping a bit of litter on the sidewalk, he can be ordered to wear the insignia.

This is not the first try at embarrassing the officers. As opposed to the testicular removal possible with a big-eyed kitten on your bicep, the first crack simply tried to garner humiliation through unsavory fashion sense.

An early experiment using armbands was not encouraging. Mr. Pongpat first tried using plaid ones. But instead of feeling shame, Major Weeraprach said, the officers took them home as souvenirs. The force still has only one of the ten it originally issued.

Plaid. Not that's embarrassing. But it made me wonder what would be a relative humiliation to the Hello Kitty armband here in the states. Bratz? Barbie?

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