Though most business entrepreneurs would be proud of him, a 15-year-old student is now facing suspension for selling candy to his peers in an effort to raise money for his college tuition.
Tommie Rose has reportedly been accused of running a “black market” at Buile Hill High School, after it was discovered that he has raised an impressive $22,000 by selling chocolate, potato chips and soda to other students on campus, reports Manchester Evening News. The demand for his treats was so high that he even put two of his friends on the payroll – paying them a reported $8 a day to help him run his candy empire.
Rose reportedly buys his candy from bulk discount stores and marks up the price before he sells them to other students at his Salford, England school. He says he has been selling treats for three years and claims one of the TV shows that inspired him to do this was Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” He was caught selling candy in 2011 at his old school, the Oasis Academy, and received 10 days of suspension.
That consequence didn’t keep Rose from trying his luck again at his new school. But administrators have warned him that he is violating a strict healthy-eating policy and could be suspended if he doesn’t stop selling fast food to pupils.
But Rose insists he is in business for himself because he wants to attend a prestigious school like Oxford or Cambridge, where he would major in business, His parents, who raised him in a council estate, say they aren't able to afford the tuition.
“He’s a typical teenage boy who saw what he wanted and worked hard for it, “ said Rose's father, Gary, who is an office worker. “At first we thought we should stop him selling the sweets, but then we saw that he was doing it properly, legally and sensibly so we left it to see what would happen. I could only dream of making that sort of money at his age.”
But James Inman, Headteacher at Buile Hill Visual Arts College, has a different take on the teen’s business.
“We admire this pupil’s entrepreneurship but school is not the place to set-up a black market of fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates,” Inman said. “We have extremely high standards and with our healthy eating policy we don’t allow isotonic drinks, fizzy drinks and large amounts of sweets for the good of our children.
“Our high standards are set out to pupils and their parents at the start of the school year.”