And finally… coming clean

A student from Leeds was sent home from school yesterday after he charged his classmates 50p for a squirt of hand wash.


Oliver Cooper, who is a pupil at Dixon’s Unity Academy, purchased a £1.60 bottle of Johnson’s child hand wash from a Tesco store as he waited for the school bus before he proceeded to charger his fellow students to use it.

He earned a total of £7.40 from the scheme but was subsequently sent home for breaching school policy.

Oliver detailed how he came up with the idea: “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.

As punishment, Oliver faces a day in isolation and a two-hour detention.

“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.”

Jenny Tompkins, Oliver’s mum 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.”

The student spend his profits from the scheme on a multi-pack of Doritos on his way home from school and planned to spend the rest of his earning on a doner kebab for his tea, Ladbible reports.