It shows a hunched couple walking with the aid of a walking stick and is used to warn drivers to beware older people crossing the road.
But the government’s tsar for the elderly says the road sign should be banned because they convey a message that older people are ‘frail and disabled’ and discourage employers from hiring someone over 50.
Dr Ros Altmann, the government’s business champion for older workers, claims the ‘elderly people’ sign is discriminatory because it puts off employers.
Stupid cow. She’s failed Chesterton’s Fence.
Why do we have such signs? Because some of the elderly are indeed frail and take rather longer to cross the road etc. That’s why we warn people if there’s lots of elderly around. Sure, it’s discrimination but it’s rational discrimination. Just like issuing blind people with white sticks is discrimination but it’s sensible discrimination.