Plymouth lollipop man ‘suspended’ for high-fiving the kids
PLYMOUTH council have ordered lollypop man Bob Slade to stop high-fiving children at Manadon Vale Primary School. Plymouth City Council threatened to suspend the 65-year-old amid safety concerns.
A spokesperson at the council states that the lollypop workers “full attention must be on the road and they must watch the traffic closely at all times”.
Says Mr Slade:
“I really enjoyed the job. I have been doing it for more than four years without a single accident. When I got the job they told me to make contact with the kids and be friendly. But then they changed their minds and I stopped high-fiving them earlier in the year because they told me to stop. They also said I was going out into the road without looking properly. They said they would suspend me for four weeks but I said I would rather leave – I was going to retire soon anyway. I appreciate the support of the parents but I won’t be going back again, this is the end of it now.”
We’d rather ban high-fiving, an American import that would always lead to confusion. Mr Slade should have stuck with a brisk salute and a firm handshake for the better road crossers.