An 83-year-old crossing guard in Stockport, England, by the name of Colin Spencer — or the Lollipop Man — was banned from giving young people high-fives. The local council deemed it unsafe and demanded he focus on the job at hand and put safety first.
Although the ruling has some credibility, parents and pupils were angry and called it "ridiculous."
What is it about British councils and their attitudes to basic human kindness? First a man is fined for parking his car at a bus stop on Xmas Day, when there is no other traffic or buses, to help a homeless person. Then this.— Christopher Jordan (@ChristopherJor5) February 9, 2018
Ahhh the liberalism strikes again. Thank god parents spoke up. GEEZ....this is why we can't have nice things.— 🌟Julia Gulia 🌟 (@juliagouliah) February 11, 2018
Miserable people with a little authoritative power will always try to make other people miserable. Reminds me of my job.— Randy Guardiola (@GTSPipeBomb) February 11, 2018
Get a grip. I always imagine councils like judges as old miserable men and dumpy old women. What they do seems to imprint this attitude more 😂— Lindy loo (@scrappinrappin) February 9, 2018
After a rather large uproar, the council lifted ban. Rainbows, happiness, and high fives returned to the land of Stockport.
Justice at last !!!! Ridiculous to stop all that fun for the children !!— Karen Roberts (@missposh999) February 10, 2018
Common sense at last, we are standing with you Colin, shame on the Council. An apology is still required.— Jaylo (@JoyMilne1) February 10, 2018
Absolutely fantabulous! To the Board he’s “just a crossing guard” & stick to his “job”. But he’s so much more. To his kids their families he’s their friend. It great the elders & youth can build a bond.— West (@elvenmistress) February 11, 2018
The council must have realized they had bigger issues to deal with than a high-fiving crossing guard.
The people asked the council to apologize — and they did! How civilized.
Stockport Council admits they were ''wrong'' and lifts ban on lollipop man high-fiving children crossing the road. Colin Spencer who's 83, was told to "concentrate on ensuring highway safety". Today the council said ''We are sorry, that on this occasion, the Council got it wrong" pic.twitter.com/jy37CsioV7— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) February 10, 2018
Quite rightly so as well! Common sense can prevail at times. He makes youngsters smile and I think that’s what counts. Go Colin the lollipop man— debbie (@Paignton) February 10, 2018
Amazing what a bit of negative publicity does to change the minds of some people! Pity it takes something like that for them to see how ridiculous they are.— Jim Newlands (@Jim_Newlands) February 10, 2018
Keep giving those high fives, Lollipop Man!