Pool couple ‘too affectionate’
A lifeguard told a married couple they were being ‘‘too affectionate’’ after they kissed in an Auckland public pool.
Eddie Higginson and his wife Shannon were swimming at Newmarket’s Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre on Saturday afternoon when a lifeguard scolded them after they exchanged a ‘‘quick peck’’ on the lips.
Higginson, 59, said he had been keeping a close eye on his 25-year- old wife, who had epilepsy, to make sure she didn’t get into trouble.
Noticing she was swimming close to the deep end, Higginson said he waved at her and called for her to swim back to him in the shallow water. She swam back, put her arms around his neck and kissed him.
Higginson said ‘‘within seconds’’ a lifeguard was at the poolside telling the couple to stop what they were doing as they were ‘‘being too affectionate in a public place’’.
The Hillcrest resident said the lifeguard argued that their actions were indecent as there were children around.
‘‘I felt so insulted, so angry, and so did my wife,’’ Higginson said.
The pool’s facilities manager John Nixon said he was confident in the lifeguard’s handling of the situation.
‘‘A lifeguard wouldn’t say anything if it wasn’t a problem for the other swimmers.’’
Eddie Higginson and his wife Shannon were told off for kissing at an Auckland pool.