School crossing man Bert Robinson, 67, thought he was just being friendly when school kids crossed the road by brandishing a giant brightly coloured plastic lollipop at them.
'I thought, well, kids like lollies so a giant lollipop would grab their attention.'
But Mr Robinson's employers have decided his behaviour is quite inappropriate.
'Men standing in the middle of the road wearing fluorescent yellow jackets and waving huge plastic lollipops, are clearly a dangerous distraction to traffic and pedestrians when children are crossing the road.'
But mums have rallied to Mr Robinson's defence.
'He was a lovely man,' one said, 'who would even let you lick his lollipop.'