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Lollipop man's thank you sign banned

13th October 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

A lollipop man who generously acknowledged the courtesy of motorists by showing them a sign with the words "thank you" on it when they waited patiently at his crossing has been told to stop using it.

Phil Boreham, who lives in Hull, attached the sign to his hand in order to thank drivers while school children crossed the city's Princes Street.

However, Mr Boreham has been told by Hull City Council that the small sign is in fact illegal and a distraction to motorists.

A spokesperson for the authority told the BBC that while the lollipop man's action was appreciated, it is against the law for crossing staff to use any sign other than the lollipop. The thank you would be better done with "a nod of the head or wave of the hand, rather than carrying this sign," Helen Rooms, operational transport manager at Hull City Council, said.

Local parents told the Hull Daily Mail they thought the sign was a "great idea".

Mr Boreham told the newspaper he made the sign because drivers often have their windows up and simply can't hear him say thank you.

"It was just to show my appreciation and some common courtesy, which I think goes a long way," he said.


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