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Not sure about that. Does a crossing guard issue fines to drivers for breaking parking regulations?

- Why does a traffic warden have a yellow band around his hat? - To stop you parking on his head.

David
Not sure about that. Does a crossing guard issue fines to drivers for breaking parking regulations?

- Why does a traffic warden have a yellow band around his hat? - To stop you parking on his head.

That only works at certain times.
James
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Here's an older one with an ambiguous message:

Looks more like a milkman.

This may have been mentioned here already, but security cameras are being fitted to the "lollipops":
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3042608/Lollipop-camera-scheme-to-be-rolled-out-nationwide.html

Hidden security cameras could be mounted in the poles of all lollipop men and women in Britain following successful trials by several local authorities, it has emerged.
It comes after a number of incidents in which motorists have assaulted crossing patrol staff or ignored their demands to stop.

The cameras are activated when the pole touches the ground and are pointed at the offending car to record the number plate.

Drivers can then be pursued and punished.
Around 1,400 incidents were reported to councils last year and dozens of lollipop staff needed hospital treatment after being hit by cars.
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Peter Duncanson, UK
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Looks more like a milkman.

This may have been mentioned here already, but security cameras are being fitted to the "lollipops": http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3042608/Lollipop-camera-scheme-to-be-rolled-out-nationwide.html Hidden security cameras ... comes after a number of incidents in which motorists have assaulted crossing patrol staff or ignored their demands to stop.

Blimey. Who would assault a lollipop person?

David
Absolutely. that was the inspiration for the song. And a meter-maid is sexless. I've never heard anyone hesitate to call the (exceedingly rare) male meter-maid a meter-maid.

They got called "green onions" in Montreal -after the olive/green colour of their uniforms.

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No. A crossing guard is usually a parent or staff ... official capacity. OTOH, this likely varies from stat to state.

The job of a traffic warden is outlined here: http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/helpwithyourcareer/jobprofiles/profiles/profile49/ * monitoring the use of parking meters, controlled parking zones ... and dealing with anti-social behaviour. This can mean combining the role of traffic warden with that of community support officer.

In many areas, traffic wardens have been abolished; there are, I think, none in London any more. Parking control is now a source of income, rather than a means of keeping the traffic moving, and the officials who deal with it are employed by local councils, rather than the police force. They are known by a variety of names; Westminster calls them "Civil Enforcement Officers".

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Which I think is "crossing guard" in the U.S.

I thought our crossing guard was their lollipop man, and our meter maid was their traffic warden.

I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's Gold Coast, "meter maids" were the scantily clad young women employed by the Chamber of Commerce or similar organization to go around feeding expired parking meters to save the tourists from parking fines that might have made them vow never to return.
Perce
I thought our crossing guard was their lollipop man, and our meter maid was their traffic warden.

I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's Gold Coast, "meter maids" were the scantily clad young women ... feeding expired parking meters to save the tourists from parking fines that might have made them vow never to return.

How common in different parts of the world is the shady practice of having your car registered in the name of some decoy, so that you can then park where you want without paying, while the decoy accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

James
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I thought our crossing guard was their lollipop man, and our meter maid was their traffic warden.

I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's Gold Coast, "meter maids" were the scantily clad young women ... feeding expired parking meters to save the tourists from parking fines that might have made them vow never to return.

How common in different parts of the world is the shady practice of having your car registered in the name of some decoy, so that you can then park where you want without paying, while the decoy accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

James
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