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Dad fuming after son pays £3.50 for a 20p rubber at school fundraiser

A dad is not happy at all after his son paid £3.50 for a rubber he says was worth 20p at a primary school fundraiser.

Teachers at Stechford Primary School in Birmingham told parents items in the sale would be sold for ‘between 50p and £3.50’.

But nevertheless, the dad who has not been named, fumed at the price of the rubber even though the school said they will contact him to discuss the matter further.

The dad sent an email to the school and the press which says: ‘We as a family, and a community, are disgusted. My son came home after a pupil sale to raise money for books.

‘My child was given £3.50, (but) returned home with a rubber worth 20p for £3.50. He notified us that nothing was priced, and that a teacher told him the eraser was £3.50 and took his money.

‘This has happened before when we were sold a diary book for £9 – yet it came apart the same day. Much better quality [diaries] were available for £1 from Poundland. How can anyone justify charging a child £3.50 for a 20p rubber?

‘If the school holds any further sales, we will definitely not be sending any money with our children for some teacher to extort.’

Amid all this controversy the school says they received no other complaints from any other parents.

Addressing the issues highlighted, a school spokesperson said: ‘We have not been approached by other parents regarding the sale – and all those involved were instructed about giving change for purchases.

‘However, this parent has been contacted and offered an appointment to discuss their concerns and, clearly, if any mistakes were made, we will ensure they are rectified.’

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