Crossing guard in Scotland banned from high fiving kids
A crossing guard in Scotland has been banned from high-fiving kids and parents are livid. Nkosana Mdikane, 74, who works outside two primary schools in Dumbarton and has become known as “Scotland’s happiest lollipop man,” was asked last week by the local council to stop giving the children the greeting.
In a statement, the council said, “All patrollers are instructed when crossing children over a road to remain static with one hand on their stick and the other stretched outwards. This ensures that they can be seen and effectively provides a barrier between school pupils and traffic.”
David Dufton, a father of three didn’t waste time setting up a Facebook page – Save The High Fives – to get the council to reverse its decision. The page has received more than 14, 000 likes and a petition on change.org has been signed by more than 10,000 people.
On the Facebook page, one person posted: “What a lovely man: it is this type of person who should be a model for our kids rather than the pernickety sumph in the council who tires (sic) to squash it.”
Dufton told the Telegraph that the man affectionately known as Smiley is “out there in all weathers. It’s a bit unjust. I’ve never heard anyone ever complain about him. Nkosana always puts a smile on people’s faces.”