A young UK student was sent home from school this week after capitalizing on single pumps of hand sanitizer.
13-year-old Oliver Cooper, the evil genius behind this plan and student at Dixons Unity Academy in Leeds, reportedly walked away with over £9 after charging 50 pence per pump.
Jenny Tompkins, the mother of the boy, shared her son's walk of shame home from school on Facebook.
"This is a picture of my teenage son just getting in from school," she began.
"Why is he getting in from school at 10:53am you ask? Schools don't finish until 3pm..."
"Well the little turd has just been expelled from school for the day after been caught charging students 50p a squirt for hand sanitiser to protect themselfs from the bloody corona virus!! "
Oliver Cooper took his handwash gel to school and sold it for 50p a shot, Kevin admired the entrepreneurial spirit.… https://t.co/QJXtxxO05Y— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO)1584031604.0
@talkRADIO @Matthew_Wright @TVKev Yeh, that's the kind of entrepreneurial spirit of a war profiteer.— kieran ronney (@kieran ronney)1584039285.0
@talkRADIO @Matthew_Wright @TVKev I think the kid is a genius 👍— suzejm63 (@suzejm63)1584086015.0
@talkRADIO @Matthew_Wright @TVKev Bit cheeky— Lois (@Lois)1584032879.0
@talkRADIO @Matthew_Wright @TVKev Called a black marketeer, not something to be proud of. Where is his community spirit, sold for 50p a go.— Lizzy (@Lizzy)1584085790.0
"Very hard to discipline this behaviour when his dad phones him from work to call him a f^ck1ng legend."
The BBC reported that Dixons Unity Academy said it was not against the rules for a student to privately sell pumps of hand sanitizer and that Cooper had been sent home for an unrelated reason.
@talkRADIO @Matthew_Wright @TVKev 😂👏 Well done, a little entrepreneur leveraging a situation to make some profit. N… https://t.co/iA91m7EWgs— Candy Outten (@Candy Outten)1584095693.0
Next entrepreneur to watch out!! Must be my long lost son 😳 Boy, 13, is sent home from school for selling squirts… https://t.co/Isou9ZaqxN— AKA-KK (@AKA-KK)1584045298.0
Cocky bugger Oliver Cooper profiting from virus that’s what’s wrong with Britain #selfish— Rigsby (@Rigsby)1584045782.0
@Daily_Record That boy will go far #Legend 😂— scottishangel78 🐘🐅🐋🦄 (@scottishangel78 🐘🐅🐋🦄)1583967932.0
Oliver spent all his profits on Doritos, while "saving the rest to buy a kebab later."
While some have dubbed the boy a legend, others think he's vastly in the wrong.
@Daily_Record Not funny he's a dirty little scam merchant & should actually be suspended!— Lara McWilliams. (@Lara McWilliams.)1583992273.0
@Daily_Record Future drug dealer— Sergio Locatelli (@Sergio Locatelli)1584010110.0
@Daily_Record Pathetic...Disrespectful...Disgraceful!— Bryan Garland (@Bryan Garland)1584043439.0
@DennieMorris @TVKev @Matthew_Wright @talkRADIO Awful— Paula m (@Paula m)1584096356.0
Nonetheless, taking an advantage of an epidemic does leave a bad taste in one's mouth.
Currently, the UK has a confirmed 590 cases of COVID-19, with ten fatalities so far. Similar to US issues, UK retailers have found themselves with a shortage of basic sanitary products as hysteria reigns over citizens.