With panic-buying taking over the world as people stockpile hand sanitisers, loo roll and tissues amid the coronavirus scare – one teenage boy reportedly tried to capitalise on the opportunity by selling "squirts" of hand sanitiser for 50p.
The teenager's mum, Jenny Tompkins went viral on social media after posting a picture of her son.
She claimed that he had been "expelled from school" for the day after being sent home for selling drops of hand sanitiser to other students.
She wrote: "This is a picture of my teenage son just getting in from school.
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"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 themselves from the bl****y corona virus!!
"Very hard to discipline this behaviour when his dad phones him from work to call him a f****** legend."
Most Facebook users were impressed, one wrote: "What a legend, his dad was right. He saw an opportunity to make cash and went with it entrepreneur of the year lol."
Another Facebook user came to his defence saying: "Do not punish him."
Jenny later edited the post adding: "I can't keep up with the comments. For those asking, he made £9! He bought a multipack of Doritos and saving the rest to buy a kebab later."
But the school in Leeds has poured water on the viral story, releasing a statement this evening saying: "No student has ever been excluded for selling hand sanitiser."
Sales of medicines, hand soap and sanitiser gel have also skyrocketed after cases of the COVID-19 virus hit the UK.
Supermarkets have had to put in limits on customers after worried shoppers started stockpiling necessities.
In the UK, Tesco has limited customers to buying five products each after shocking images of empty supermarket shelves went viral.
When buying online, shoppers are told they have reached a five-item limit when trying to order the products.
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