BANGKOK – A Thai police officer has resorted to an unusual tactic to brighten up the rather mundane daily task of directing traffic outside a local kindergarten, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) outside Bangkok.
Senior Sergeant Major Tanit Bussabong on Thursday was dressed in a playful dinosaur costume as he directed the passing vehicles, high-fiving passing students as they arrived at school, an epa-efe journalist reported.
“The work is always the same, wearing the uniform and regulating the traffic, the people have no interaction with me,” Tanit told epa-efe. “We have no idea if they feel like they have received the services or if they feel good from what we do.”
In an effort to brighten up the daily grind of the school run, for students and parents alike, the traffic warden had taken to wearing cartoon costumes.
“My friend knows that I work as a traffic police (officer), so at first he gave me Mickey Mouse gloves – just large white gloves. I tried using them and the feedback was positive. The kids were curious why my hands were so big,” he said.
Parents were impressed by his enthusiasm and the smiles he brought to their children’s faces, with one gifting Tanit the dinosaur outfit to add to his collection of disguises.
“This costume is from one of the parents who appreciates me, from seeing that I work for the children.”
The officer’s antics have grabbed the attention of netizens, who began sharing images of Tanit the Dinosaur directing traffic outside the school, which went viral across Thailand.
He says he enjoys his job, and so do the children and parents.
“The kids really like it,” Tanit said. “When I don’t work, they ask for me.”