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Lollipop People - Waste of money?

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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Now, i'm not on about the ones that stand in dangerous and/or difficult places to cross, but the ones who stand at a pelican crossing and merely press the button, and then walk to the middle with the lollipop whilst the people cross.

Surely a pelican crossing is sufficient enough on it's own?
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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1 Like #41
LOL, I'm just waiting for the thread 'A strange man in a yellow outfit wanted to help a little boy cross the road today, what do I do? Should I contact the police?'
1 Like #42
complete waste of money and they rot kids teeth
#43
The one by me is annoying, he presses the button once it goes back to green even if theres no one else actually around!
2 Likes #44
worth every penny imo
2 Likes #45
+1 to lollipop men, yey!

So I used to be a lollipop man for my local school before getting to on as a teaching assistant back when I was 18 going on 19. And I was at traffic lights, but I can safely say in my time (only about 3 months) I at least saved 2 children.
One was with his dad but dropped his ball onto the road and proceeded to go after it but luckily I was able to get him back before any serious thing happened.
And another was when I actually was right in front of a car when another rear ended it causing the front car to veer forwards hitting me rather than another child.

Job done In my books.


In before WTF an 18 year old lollipop dude! It got me where I am today so meh ;)
banned#46
I think we should have national lollipop lady/man day. We can all go out and give them a gift for a great service done for the whole country!
banned#47
niminator
In before WTF an 18 year old lollipop dude! It got me where I am today so meh ;)

Sex offender's list?
#48
I have to say I think zebra crossing are dangerous.Some of them don't even have the Yellow ball light poles & all they have is just the Black & White stripes on the road.I've seen myself in areas I'm not familiar with & almost on top of these crossing before I see it's a zebra crossing.

I see more & more supermarket car parks have these crossings.
#49
I wonder if the people who think they are a waste of time and money have no kids of their own?

My eldest is 7.5 yrs, we live on the same road as the school, I still take them into the actual school. We only come across the Lolly pop man when we have to go to post office after school. He is a lovely guy, and if he saves the life of even 1 child then his job is done.

Yes he does stand by a crossing which he does press the button. But even so, to me he is still doing his duty to make sure the kids cross safetly.
#50
Our lollipop lady is worth her weight in gold. She knows all of the children by name and who they are brought to school by. She also notices if a child has wandered off from the parent/carer and holds onto them until their responsible adult catches up with them. She saved my 4 year old when he bolted across the road and I got stuck behind some other people with my pram. She's been reversed into already this year by an idiot who couldn't see her dayglo uniform or lollipop. When she retires or gives up our local village will sorely miss her.
#51
Lulu'sMammy
skellysgirl
Lulu'sMammy
All for it, if it saves childrens lives near busy roads. :)
Have you encountered the one near sainsburys yet, on the bank near bf school?She is a right power hungry warden she steps out straight away without waiting for a natural gap in traffic? She is a danger


Lol Colleen lol! ;)


You actually know her, thats amusing.

She just walks out im always on alert when im near there.

Last year, when there was really bad ice, she just walked out, with her hand sticking out like hitler there was a car infront of me had to brake quite hard, as she is on a slope, combined with ice i thought the car was gonna squash her.
1 Like #52
master_chief
niminator
In before WTF an 18 year old lollipop dude! It got me where I am today so meh ;)


Sex offender's list?


LOL

I've heard the lot from the Secondry School Children I crossed too, in the end it all just flew over my head and they didn't bother after a while. Still, I could have a good laugh with them.

Anyway, no. I started volunteering at my local primary at the time, so doing 8:30-9:10 on the road, up till 12 in the school nursey, then 12-1 as an err... Dinner man (or Dinner Daddy as they call me), then back in class till 2:45 and back out on the road till 3:30. Busy, busy.
After a while I just mentioned my plans for the future to the Head Teacher one day and she pretty much gave me a job, there and then. So I had to quit lollpopping to go full time in the school.

And yeah we do spoil the kids, as before the holidays and when I left I had a bag full of lollies to dish out.
Even now they still ask have I got any lollies, imagine the looks I would get if I seen the kids outside of school and they said that oO
#53
And you'll find that most of the shocking drivers, the one's that will break the speeding law, the one's that will never give way. Will be those mum's driving 4x4's....
#54
The lollypop lady at my sons school is great, really good with the kids, chats to the parents etc. But I can't see the point of there being one as the kids are primary school and have to have a parent collecting them.
#55
last yr me and my friend were forced to cross with the lollipop man at a pedestrian crossing. i was 29 then, she was 35.

weird as it was 10am and no schools there

also all lollipop people dont look/act normal....not being nasty, just saying i think this job doesnt require much skill and so the council employs those who wouldnt get far in a 9-5....so for that reason i think fair play, gets them out and makes them feel they are earning something.
#56
Our lollipop man is an old dear. He doesn't cross at a pedestrian or pelican crossing, just at a very busy part of the road. I have never seen one at a crossing???
#57
magicbeans


also all lollipop people dont look/act normal....not being nasty, just saying i think this job doesnt require much skill and so the council employs those who wouldnt get far in a 9-5....so for that reason i think fair play, gets them out and makes them feel they are earning something.


Hey :p
Well I ain't one now so I must be nomal. He He

TBH I think they only employed me as I was young and they made a big thing about me being the youngest. Getting the media involved and everything. I was even on TV woop. I think they were just trying to promote the role to a bigger audience.
1 Like #58
nikkib123
I have honestly NEVER seen a lollipop person at traffic lights, what would be the point of that??

nikkib123
Our lollipop man is an old dear. He doesn't cross at a pedestrian or pelican crossing, just at a very busy part of the road. I have never seen one at a crossing???


http://www.funnyforumpics.com/forums/Repost/2/old.jpg

haha i kid....love ya rly!
#59
niminator
magicbeans


also all lollipop people dont look/act normal....not being nasty, just saying i think this job doesnt require much skill and so the council employs those who wouldnt get far in a 9-5....so for that reason i think fair play, gets them out and makes them feel they are earning something.


Hey :p
Well I ain't one now so I must be nomal. He He

TBH I think they only employed me as I was young and they made a big thing about me being the youngest. Getting the media involved and everything. I was even on TV woop. I think they were just trying to promote the role to a bigger audience.


pics of u in ur luminous yellow outfit with matching lolipop stick....or ur lying!
#60
magicbeans
niminator
magicbeans


also all lollipop people dont look/act normal....not being nasty, just saying i think this job doesnt require much skill and so the council employs those who wouldnt get far in a 9-5....so for that reason i think fair play, gets them out and makes them feel they are earning something.


Hey :p
Well I ain't one now so I must be nomal. He He

TBH I think they only employed me as I was young and they made a big thing about me being the youngest. Getting the media involved and everything. I was even on TV woop. I think they were just trying to promote the role to a bigger audience.


pics of u in ur luminous yellow outfit with matching lolipop stick....or ur lying!

Have you ever googled yourself?

Everytime I do, it's what comes up first

Dum, Dum, Dummmmmmm:

http://img98.imageshack.us/i/316301237.jpg/


Edited By: niminator on Feb 09, 2011 18:32: Mugshot
#61
awwwwwwwww thats well cute!! no way thats u at 17??

Edited By: magicbeans on Feb 09, 2011 19:31
#62
18,

21 now and I don't look much older oO

At least I've grown a bit
#63
haha...the photo is taken to make u look as big as the kids!!

X)
#64
Not really, that's how big I was :)

Even now, some of the year 6's are as big as me.
#65
If ever there was a job that doesn't need to be done it has to be that of a lollypop person. The reasons are as follows :
1. If a child is of an age whereby they have not developed any road sense then a responsible person should escort them from their home and for the complete journey to school. I think it is fair to say that every road that they need cross will not be patrolled and they must negotiate those crossings somehow.
2. The exact same children who it seems require the support of lollypop people on their trip both to and from school can manage perfectly well at any other time of the day, or at weekends and during school holidays periods when the lollipop service is not available. In fact the first thing these children probably do when the get home is to rip off their school wear and pile out into the traffic either on foot or on their bikes to play! Peak traffic time is not even after school. This is most likely to be about 5.00pm onwards when commuters are leaving work and the kids are running about all over the place.
3. As others contributors have observed, it is common place to find lollypop people whose sole job is nothing more than pressing the button on pedestrian controlled traffic lights - why??
4. Why do lollypop people seem to think it is an extension of their duties to stop what might be a slow trickle of traffic to allow perfectly fit and capable adults to cross a road? Are these people unable to pick there own safe time to cross? I would point out that in many instances these adults are not even accompanying a child! How do they manage to cross the road any other time?

In summary, we have a situation here that is blatantly a complete waste of time and public money that disrupts the normal flow of traffic. The majority of people (children or adults) do not need assistance to cross a road or to press a button on pedestrian controlled traffic lights (if they do they should not be let out alone at anytime of the day). I have no doubt that the only reason the lollypop service is maintained by local councils is out of fear of reprisals. The lobbyists in our society, the 'do gooders', will take every opportunity to pin any road accident that occurs during those hours of the day on the fact that a lollipop person was not there to control the traffic.I therefore applaud those counties that have taken the initiative and have had the guts to remove the service from their roads. I contend that if the total bill for paying lollypop people up and down the country were saved and hospital services or policing were improved out of the savings to be made then we may see some tangible evidence that a few lives have been saved for the money.
banned#66
"A LOLLIPOP woman in Dorchester has been hailed a hero after she saved a child’s life.
Three-year-old Nathan Dear was struck by a car but escaped any serious injuries thanks to quick-thinking Carol Heward who intervened.
The youngster would have run directly into the path of the passing car but Mrs Heward, who mans the school crossing at Damers Road in Dorchester, managed to pull him back.
Nathan was left with a grazed forehead but mum Sarah Mearns, 30, said the heroic actions of the lollipop lady saved her son’s life."
1 Like #67
kthompson
If ever there was a job that doesn't need to be done it has to be that of a lollypop person. The reasons are as follows :
1. If a child is of an age whereby they have not developed any road sense then a responsible person should escort them from their home and for the complete journey to school. I think it is fair to say that every road that they need cross will not be patrolled and they must negotiate those crossings somehow.
2. The exact same children who it seems require the support of lollypop people on their trip both to and from school can manage perfectly well at any other time of the day, or at weekends and during school holidays periods when the lollipop service is not available. In fact the first thing these children probably do when the get home is to rip off their school wear and pile out into the traffic either on foot or on their bikes to play! Peak traffic time is not even after school. This is most likely to be about 5.00pm onwards when commuters are leaving work and the kids are running about all over the place.
3. As others contributors have observed, it is common place to find lollypop people whose sole job is nothing more than pressing the button on pedestrian controlled traffic lights - why??
4. Why do lollypop people seem to think it is an extension of their duties to stop what might be a slow trickle of traffic to allow perfectly fit and capable adults to cross a road? Are these people unable to pick there own safe time to cross? I would point out that in many instances these adults are not even accompanying a child! How do they manage to cross the road any other time?

.

School run hour is an extremely frantic time for traffic and pedestrians, often people are distracted as they are runnin a few min late for school/work etc, kid thinks he can make it across without pressing the button (weve all done it and had a close call cos the car was going faster than we thought), loads of drivers doing 40 instead of 30 etc you get the picture.......for the sake of a few hours a day at minimum wage or some are even voluntary, it make sense to save some lives.
banned#68
greg_68
You must be joking the way people drive these days they don't stop for adults nevermind small children, a busy crossing must be pretty terryfying to a small child.

so a lollipop adult is pretty pointless then? :p
banned#69
WheresMeNuts
I have to say I think zebra crossing are dangerous.Some of them don't even have the Yellow ball light poles & all they have is just the Black & White stripes on the road.I've seen myself in areas I'm not familiar with & almost on top of these crossing before I see it's a zebra crossing.

I see more & more supermarket car parks have these crossings.

In what way are they dangerous? You shouldnt cross until the cars have stopped.
1 Like #70
kthompson
If ever there was a job that doesn't need to be done it has to be that of a lollypop person. The reasons are as follows :
1. If a child is of an age whereby they have not developed any road sense then a responsible person should escort them from their home and for the complete journey to school. I think it is fair to say that every road that they need cross will not be patrolled and they must negotiate those crossings somehow.
2. The exact same children who it seems require the support of lollypop people on their trip both to and from school can manage perfectly well at any other time of the day, or at weekends and during school holidays periods when the lollipop service is not available. In fact the first thing these children probably do when the get home is to rip off their school wear and pile out into the traffic either on foot or on their bikes to play! Peak traffic time is not even after school. This is most likely to be about 5.00pm onwards when commuters are leaving work and the kids are running about all over the place.
3. As others contributors have observed, it is common place to find lollypop people whose sole job is nothing more than pressing the button on pedestrian controlled traffic lights - why??
4. Why do lollypop people seem to think it is an extension of their duties to stop what might be a slow trickle of traffic to allow perfectly fit and capable adults to cross a road? Are these people unable to pick there own safe time to cross? I would point out that in many instances these adults are not even accompanying a child! How do they manage to cross the road any other time?

In summary, we have a situation here that is blatantly a complete waste of time and public money that disrupts the normal flow of traffic. The majority of people (children or adults) do not need assistance to cross a road or to press a button on pedestrian controlled traffic lights (if they do they should not be let out alone at anytime of the day). I have no doubt that the only reason the lollypop service is maintained by local councils is out of fear of reprisals. The lobbyists in our society, the 'do gooders', will take every opportunity to pin any road accident that occurs during those hours of the day on the fact that a lollipop person was not there to control the traffic.I therefore applaud those counties that have taken the initiative and have had the guts to remove the service from their roads. I contend that if the total bill for paying lollypop people up and down the country were saved and hospital services or policing were improved out of the savings to be made then we may see some tangible evidence that a few lives have been saved for the money.


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