Love this story in the New York Times about naughty Thai police being punished by wearing Hello Kitty armbands! Always nice to start out the day with a LOL guffaw. Thanks Gray Lady! You might want to add a Hello Kitty insignia to your stuffy ole masthead as well!

From The New York Times:

No matter how many ribbons for valor a Thai officer may wear, 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.

“Simple warnings no longer work,” said Pongpat Chayaphan, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, who instituted the new humiliation this week.

“This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,” he said. “Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”

Ten of the armbands have been prepared, but so far none have actually been issued, according to an officer who declined to give his name while discussing this sensitive topic.

“After this policy came out, the police are scared,” the officer said. “It will be very embarrassing to walk around with Hello Kitty on your arm.”

Now if certain U.S. Presidents and Vice-Presidents and certain Middle Eastern insurgents were forced to wear these we might be on our way toward Whirled Peas!