Friday, May 3, 2013

Thai PM: New "Seeing Eye" Police for Distracted Teens.

Thai Tourist Police on Segways

The government of Yingluck Shinawatra announced today that a new division under the Thai Tourist Police will begin guiding distracted teenagers through public streets by the end of this year.

"We love our young people and we want to be sure that they don't get hurt while they walk aimlessly around public places playing on their mobile devices".  The move came after the Prime Minister was nearly hit by a train while waiting at Siam Station while on a recent tour of the BTS Skytrain.

"Our new, Seeing Eye Division will each be given a Segway so that they don't have to walk too much and we are also contracting a Chinese company to provide one tablet for each Seeing Eye Division officer so that they actually know where you want to go.  Thank you three times."
PM Yingluck and her personal Seeing Eye Person
According to government figures, the entire cost of the program will be financed through future economic growth and increased electricity rates.

In a separate press conference,  Leader of the Opposition Democrats and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Bangkok Governor Sukumband Paribatra  (pictured left) stated that if the Prime Minister "bothered to consult with the people than she would know that her program won't work".  Instead, the Democrats plan to create the Department of Public Seeing under Municipal Public Works.

"Our plan will have city employees guide distracted teenagers around in teams of two.  One to carry the iPad, and the other to help the worker who is distracted by the iPad" stated the Governor.

Some reports have the number of teenagers distracted by mobile devices now outnumbering the seeing-eye teenagers 10-1.

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