Pool cou­ple ‘too af­fec­tion­ate’

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - ELESHA EDMONDS

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.

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