A five-year-old schoolboy was left in floods of tears after thieves stole the entire contents of his honesty stall which he runs from his parents' glamping site.
Harry Clare sells eggs, which he collects from his family's chickens himself, and goat’s milk as well as soap and lip balm from a table top based outside the site near Rosebud Meadow in Malvern, Worcs.
Each morning he goes to restock before school and retrieve any takings which have been left inside the honesty box placed next to a price list for his products.
But when he went to check his stall on Tuesday he noticed that someone had stolen all of his stock, leaving behind just his table and sign.
Although Harry was left heartbroken, he says the cowardly actions of the shameless thieves have not deterred him from becoming a shopkeeper when he grows up.
He said: "I lost my shop and feel really sad. I liked making people happy. I still want to be a shopkeeper because I want to sell my mummy's soap. I'm going to carry on with it."
Harry has since received hundreds of messages of support and offers of donations from well-wishers across the globe while police have been called to investigate.
Mum Rosie Clare, 35, said members of the public had offered to replace Harry's lost stock and the family had received offers of donations from as far away as New York.
She said Harry told her that he wanted to become a shopkeeper after reading a book from school so they decided set up the honesty stall.
He sells six eggs for £1.50, his mother's homemade lip balm for £2.50 and soap for £2 each or three for £5.
Rosie, of Malvern, said: "The shop is his pride and joy. He is really proud of it. He still wants to be a shopkeeper and I put a few things back out for him.
"In the morning he was very upset. There were lots of tears. He had never lost anything from there before and didn't understand why somebody would do that to him.
"I did try to explain to him that maybe the person who took the things was somebody in need. But that is difficult because they had taken everything. All that was left was the table and the sign.
"He has to buy the chicken feed and with anything left over he likes to buy magazines and toys, anything that has got superheroes on.
"He likes Peter Rabbit and Paw Patrol magazines and the money helped him purchase the things he wanted and he'd fully earned and deserved them.
Harry's plight when viral after local auctioneer Philip Serrell posted an image of Harry on Twitter.
This is Harry - he is 5 and runs a little honesty shop near to my Saleroom. Someone has stolen his money and his stock. They will probably be too ashamed to return either but if they get to read this I hope it costs them a few nights sleep. pic.twitter.com/p11jqZZB3y
— Philip Serrell (@PhilipSerrell) July 14, 2020
Since his plight was revealed outraged web users flocked to help the youngster after the post was retweeted almost 28,000 times in under 24 hours.
Jane Cundall said: "I don't live near there but if there's a way to buy some eggs and Harry can donate them to someone please let us know how we can pay.
"Also whoever did this is beyond contempt. Harry you are a star."
Another wrote: "How heartbreaking, and what a super young chap. Just look at that handsome smile. I hope it doesn't put him off."
One person put: "Hopefully the lowlife who has done this is aware that we all feel he is a despicable human being."
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