A lollipop man has been banned from high fiving school children as they cross the road. Parents are livid.

Colin Spencer has worked as a lollipop man for St George’s Primary in Heavily, Greater Manchester for 14 years. The 83-year-old has been told to stop with the high-fives and ‘concentrate on ensuring highway safety’.

Oh, the humanity.

Dawn St Clare, whose children are pupils in the school, said that the ruling was ‘ridiculous’ and has annoyed parents and upset pupils. The council’s school crossing patrol team sent a text to parents via the school on Tuesday, making them aware of the situation.

A text the following day did say that children could high-five Mr Spencer when he wasn’t on the road.

Okay, this is about the weirdest, most British thing we’ve ever covered. Think about it. It has everything. A lollipop man, disgruntled parents, confused children, schools.

Honestly, it’s a goldmine.

On a serious note, however, Mrs Clare noted that some of the children were upset, adding that:

‘Some of these children are on the autistic spectrum and are in a routine.

‘Since the ban, crossing the road has become a little bit confusing to the children… and they’ve gone to school upset because Colin hasn’t high-fived them and they can’t understand why.’

A Stockport Council spokesperson said: ‘School crossing patrols are required to continually observe the road and traffic conditions to ensure safety’.

The man always keeping us down.