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A student was sent home from school in West Yorkshire today (Wednesday 11 March) after he charged his classmates 50p ($0.60) for a squirt of hand wash.
Oliver Cooper, who attends Dixon's Unity Academy in Leeds, picked up a £1.60 ($2) tub of Johnson's child hand wash from a Tesco store as he waited for the school bus before charging his fellow students to use it.
The enterprise earned him a £7.40 ($9.50) profit, however, he was subsequently sent home for breaching school rules.
Reflecting on how he came up with the idea, the 13-year-old said: "I usually listen to music on the way to school on my phone, but it's broken, so I've been using an old Nokia and all I can listen to is the radio.
"They've been going on about the coronavirus and how important hand sanitiser and washing your hands is. So before the bus came, I bought a tub of hand wash from Tesco and offered to it my mates. They gave me the idea that I could charge for it, so I did.
"Other people at school sell stuff like chewing gum. If somebody wants something, they will pay for it. Loads of people wanted this."
Oliver's mum, Jenny Tompkins, said she had attempted to discipline her 'little Del Boy', though the input of her partner wasn't helping.
She said: "I don't think it's an excludable offence. I told him off so that when we go into school, I can tell his head of year that I have told him it's wrong.
"I think they see it as him exploiting a situation, but his step dad called him a legend halfway through me telling him off so that put a stop to it.
"He's like my little Del Boy, I won't be punishing him any further. He'll do what he has to at school, but that's it."
Oliver now faces a day in isolation followed by a two-hour detention, which he branded a 'ridiculous' punishment.
In the meantime, he spent his profit on a multi-pack of Doritos on his way home from school and planned to spend the rest on a doner kebab for his tea.
LADbible has contacted Dixon's Unity Academy for comment.
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