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  • Hello Kitty ArrestedWhat’s going on here?
  • Where is this scene taking place?
  • What time of day is it?
  • Who’s being arrested?
  • How much do you know about ‘her’?
  • What else do you imagine about ‘her’?
  • What do you think ‘she’s’ being arrested for?
  • What exactly do you think happened? How? Why?
  • What could the officers be thinking?
  • What could ‘she’ be thinking?
  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • What would you like to ask the three people in the picture?
  • Could this happen in your town? Why or why not? If so, would anything be different?

“Hello, Kitty.” “Hello, officer.” (…)

© seymour templar 2009

  • Thank you for this great picture, Barbara, and for the Japanese sweets below, including the Hello Kitty sticks. My husband wants the green tea chocolates!
  • Hello Kitty home
  • Also see Hello Kitty Hell

Barbara's package of Japanese sweets 2Barbara's package of Japanese sweets


5 Responses

  1. Thank you! I’m sorry, I didn’t realize when I saw it on another site. It’s a fantastic picture. My students have wondered about the circumstances, what was going on. Have you written/ blogged about it anyplace?

  2. Hi Anne, thank you for replying, I know it is sometimes difficult to keep the chain of ownership intact on the internet…
    I did not blog it myself, but this image has been making the rounds for some years now.
    I think that the comment thread on the flickr page has some context, if you are interested. Basically the lady under the HK costume was being given a citation for peddling without a city permit. These kind of characters pose with tourist then hassle them for money. This was an older Chinese lady, I am not sure she understood what was happening to her.

  3. That’s really interesting, Seymour. What town was the picture taken in? A street peddler on a public sidewalk, that does make sense. As a kid, I remember selling home-made paper flowers at a neighborhood festival, and lemonade outside our front door, and even holding a garage sale; and though that was a public space too, the police turned a blind eye. Hello Kitty products outside a bank would be rather a different story, I guess.

  4. this was taken in Times Square, New York City. The space in front of the bank just offered a small island of calm where the cops could write her up.

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