Storefront Greeter / Vienna, Austria
Say "hello" to Ms Kitty White, the best known of the characters produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. Hello Kitty was first introduced in 1974 and for inexplicable reasons became an instant phenomenon, appearing on everything everywhere! The first item produced to bear the familiar feline was a vinyl coin purse - with the fat cat now generating over $1 billion a year in sales. And just in case you weren't aware, Ms Kitty has an extended family including her father George White, mother Mary White, twin sister Mimmy, and her grandparents Anthony and Margret White. On the more productive but equally silly side, Thai police officers who have committed minor infractions such as showing up late for duty or parking in the wrong place are forced to wear Hello Kitty armbands for several days as penance. Bad kitty!