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The crossing guard from hell


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He works in Watertown, Paul reports:

... After holding his hand up to allow the child to cross safely, he stands bluntly in front of my car to let the traffic in the opposite direction pass. Three, four, five cars inch through on the other side as Joe, his hand raised and looking the opposite direction, stands there. It doesn't matter if traffic is backed up all the way to Mt. Auburn St. I'm not moving until he's satisfied. If you're a friend of his, you can double park and block up traffic to your heartís content. If you're me, no matter how slowly you're driving to drop off your child, he pushes his hands slowly toward the ground in the "slow down, you bahstud" motion. ...

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