Are you satisfied with your job?
Bryan Broom, 77, has been a Lollipop man in Hull for 20 years, safely guiding children across the road as they leave school and offering a cheeky “High-Five”.
This lovely vision came crashing down on Friday with Bryan resigning from his position after a long-running battle with the local council – All because complaints were made about him “high-fiving”.
Bryan’s behaviour, whilst outside the front gate of Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Community Primary School, gave the local authorities cause for concerns because, they argued, it could “be construed as grooming” by parents.
Even though none of the complaints were upheld, Bryan decided to hang up his high vis jacket and go forward to a life of Countdown and Crosswords.
After hearing about his situation, the local community gathered on Bryan’s last day manning the school crossing to show their support and shower him with gifts and hugs.
Children from the school handed him leaving presents and pleaded with him not to leave.
Bryan said: “It’s rather peculiar because two or three months ago there were pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge high-fiving at a school and I should have sent copies of those to the council.
“It makes me feel sad and I thought if this is what is happening to the world I don’t want to be a part of this.”
In a statement, the council said: “The council had received a number of complaints from parents from parents about the behaviour of Mr Broom.
“These complaints were investigated but not upheld. Mr Broom is choosing to leave of his own accord and we wish him well in the future.”
What a shame.