Minibus firm boss bans drivers from wearing Christmas jumpers

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Minibus firm boss bans drivers from wearing Christmas jumpers over fears they might upset children with special needs Driver Mike Osborn said he was collared for wearing Christmas pudding jumper His line manager said wearing a Christmas jumper 'might just frighten the kids' The Portsmouth company transports number of children with special needs 

By Jemma Carr For Mailonline

Published: 15:55 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 15:56 GMT, 1 December 2019

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The boss of a minibus company banned drivers from wearing Christmas jumpers while working because they might 'upset' children with special needs.

Driver Mike Osborn was told he was not permitted to wear his red festive jumper - with a Christmas pudding emblazoned on it - while doing school runs in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Mr Osborn, 68, was marched to the company's store cupboard and given an official short-sleeve grey shirt and tie before being strictly told not to wear the festive knitwear again.

Driver Mike Osborn was told he was not permitted to wear his red festive jumper - with a Christmas pudding emblazoned on it - while doing school runs in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Driver Mike Osborn was told he was not permitted to wear his red festive jumper - with a Christmas pudding emblazoned on it - while doing school runs in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Now Mr Osborn has criticised the 'absurd' ban enforced on all employees by boss Peter Bryden.

Mr Bryden is the director of minibus company Pete's Airlink. 

He said festive jumpers might 'upset' children with special needs who ride in the buses for their school run.

Mr Osborn, from Portsmouth, believes children would like the Christmas clothing. He said: '[Mr Bryden] spotted me and said "Mike you haven't been wearing that jumper on the school run have you?"

Mr Osborn, 68, was marched to the company's store cupboard and given an official short sleeve grey shirt and tie before being strictly told not to wear the festive knitwear again

Mr Osborn, 68, was marched to the company's store cupboard and given an official short sleeve grey shirt and tie before being strictly told not to wear the festive knitwear again

'Gingerly, I said "well yes actually I have" and he said "don't you know policy and procedures? Because our policy here

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