Councils crack down on crossing guard corruption

I just came across this breaking news story

School crossing corruption crack-down

It appears that some school crossing guards (called lollipop ladies by News Ltd) may be accepting gifts around Christmas time.  As a result some local councils are cracking down on this potential source of bribes and corruption.

Have you noticed that some students seem to have to wait for ages to cross the road, while crossing guards sometmies seem to stop traffic suddenly for “special students”.  Well, maybe its not just a coincidence.

Maybe some students are sharing their lunches, the artworks they did at school that day or even thier lollies to get special treatment at crossings.

Naturally, News Ltd side with the establishment and claim that the well-meaning councils are creating red tape by asking crossing  guards to declare their gifts. But lets be frank – this kind of blatant corruption has got to end.

Most hard working coucillors take hardly any bribes when dealing with property developers and other shady businessmen – so why should they sit back idle while crossing guards get fat on spare peanut butter sandwiches or adorn their houses with paintings done by grade 4 maestros?

Especially when the bad school artists with lame pictures and the kids with yucky smelly sandwiches made by mean parents have no largesse to pay with.  Should bad child painters be expected to wait for 15 minutes while others skim across the street in no time? Just because they can draw a picture of “mummy standing outside the house” a little better?

What message would this send to our children? Where would it end?

I say we should take this fight further by installing security cameras at each crossing so that specially trained coujncil security staff can analyse videos for suspicious crossing patterns and potential queue jumpers.

Possibly we should even hire undercover cops who look like young kids to perform lolli-pop-lady sting operations.

Wiki-leaks has led the way in exposing the news stories that the mainstream media should already have been reporting but who is supporting potential whistle blowers who want to blow the cover on corrupt school crossing guards?

If needed I am willing to form a task force with other crack investigators to help bring an end to this corruption.  As long as the government (or councils) are willing to pay for me and my team.

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About James King

I coach organisations in how to better make use of the untapped talent they have in their people and to explore new ways of understanding and solving new and old problems I live in Sydney with my wife and daughter and have no real hobbies beyond the usual boring ones of reading, writing and watching tv.
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