Now is time for discretion

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PETTY and pathetic - that is our verdict on the driver who ordered an 84-year-old man off his bus because the OAP’s pass had expired by a day.

It beggars belief, but this is what happened to George Kent, who was on his way home after watching Sheffield Wednesday lose.

What was the driver thing of? Rules is rules?

Oh dear. Surely a little flexibility should be shown in such a case.

It certainly does not serve any purpose to leave an elderly man walking home in freezing temperatures.

We accept passes should be renewed and drivers are told to enforce these rules.

But a little common sense would have worked wonders.

Mr Kent only needed to travel two stops to reach his home but it took him an hour to walk.

Fortunately, most bus drivers are helpful, sensible people who we feel sure would have shown greater understanding. Let us hope this is not repeated.

On the same theme, slapping parking fines on the cars of Barnsley players who were visiting children in hospital seems wrong.

The players were handing out gifts to youngsters, spreading some cheer to those facing Christmas in hospital.

Again, we understand parking rules must be enforced, but in this case we think the fines should be donated to a suitable charity.

At least then some Christmas spirit would have been shown.

Mission Christmas is accomplished

THERE are half a million reasons to say thank you today, and more than 14,000 children will be saying it.

That is because it is the amount of money and gifts that generous readers and listeners have sent in to the Mission Christmas toy appeal.

Despite the tough times we live in, we can hardly believe that readers have smashed through last year’s fundraising total.

We set the challenge more in hope than expectation, but once again we have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

As a result, more than 14,000 young people who dared not dream of receiving a Christmas present this year will have something to open.

Our Mission was to ensure no child in South Yorkshire was at risk of waking up to nothing. Thanks to listeners of Hallam FM which has run the appeal with us, and our readers, we are able to say Mission Accomplished.

So thank you to all who supported us this year and Happy Christmas.