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15 July 2024

Teenager punished for selling hand sanitiser

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By Bang

A teenager was suspended from school for charging fellow pupils 50p for a squirt of hand sanitiser.

Oliver Cooper, 13, capitalised on coronavirus fears to earn himself £9 after charging people to use the cleansing product - but he soon fell foul of staff at his school in Leeds.

Oliver explained: "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 it to 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.

"It's ridiculous really!"

Oliver, who attends Dixon's Unity Academy, now faces a day in isolation followed by a two-hour detention after breaking school rules.