Gi-me Five Lolly pop Lady Sheila
Just good fun, or maybe not…
Health and safety. Designed to protect the public and staff at work, but can it sometimes can be a real pain edging on the side of ridiculous, or in some cases make total sense
Let me introduce Sheila Allen to you. A 58 year old lollipop lady from South Wales. She’s one of the cool lollipop ladies on the street.
Why? Because she brightens up the pupils day by high fiving them all as they cross the road. Is it a harmless and nice thing to do in the morning?
Not according to the Health and safety officials. Sheila has been told to stop this absurd act straight away before any school children are injured. Sheila was told that she must keep her eyes on the road and not be distracted by the children as they cross following complaints from drivers.
She’s been told that she is permitted to smile and give them a thumbs up, but no high fives are allowed outside St Illtyd Primary School in Llantwit Major, South Wales. There must be concerns that it could cause drivers anxiety because they are being kept waiting longer than necessary, and cause a high five traffic queue. Experts are assessing this as I write this post.
Children crossing the road this morning were offering their hand to Sheila but she avoided breaking the rules by keeping one hand on her stick and the other behind her back.
Emma Reed, the council’s head of visible services and transport, backed the ‘high-five’ ban.
She said (please use your nerdiest Mr Bean voice when reading this in your head): ‘These guidelines make clear that patrol officers should “avoid any distractions or activities that could divert your attention from your important task of seeing pedestrians safely across the road’ and should not remain in the road longer than is necessary as this causes undue delays to traffic”.
What’s your thoughts:
Is it health and safety being silly by taken the fun away from children learning to cross the road?
Or could it really cause danger by encouraging kids to mess around while crossing busy roads, annoying drivers?
Have a high fives for the penultimate Christmas weekend.