No, you’re not looking at my mad photoshop skills. This is real, I know it’s slightly off topic but it’s so ridiculous I had to share it with you.
This is a new punishment designed by the Police chief to shame the wearer. It would work if Bangkok Police had any shame.
Minor transgressions such as lateness, double parking will result in the offender having to wear the band (in the office) for several days.
What do they get when they try to shake me down for crossing a solid line? Pricks… actually you’ve got to feel for them a little. They already get shook down by their superiors.
Actually, it’s not that bad of an idea. What if you had arm bands for Flailers, and Assholes? That might work…
For those of you who don’t know it’s common place to bribe officers for minor traffic violations. Typically you’ve pay anywhere from 200 baht to 500 baht. The way it works is that if you commit a traffic violation, they have to take your drivers license. You report to the police station to pay the fine and pick up your license. It’s such a pain in the ass to take time off to go to the station, that sometimes it’s more convenient for you to pay him off. Think of it as a convenience fee…
Once I was stopped for crossing over a solid line, I had been in the wrong lane, anyway I was pissed and I wasn’t going to pay him on principle. He kept suggesting and hinting though…”Little brother, why don’t you just give me the money to pay the fine and I’ll go pay it for you.” I told him to forget about it, he was visible pissed took my license and didn’t return it to the station for about 2 weeks. So I would have been better off paying him the $5 bucks.
Bangkok cops make shit for money; the junior officers are making about 2,000- 4,000 baht a month. That’s about $50-$100 a month. If you’ve been to Bangkok you might have driven past police housing and not have known it. They look like the projects. On top of making no money, they’ve got to pay their superiors; in turn their superiors have to pay their higher ups and so on…. It doesn’t end. So I guess if I was a Bangkok cop I’d probably been on the take too.