Vultures circling 16 year-old internet cowboy Gary Cooper

9 February 2009

He had it all; boyish good looks, a two-piece matching tracksuit and what appeared to be not one, but two prosthetic hands. He had the world at his feet, or at least the knackered pitch of a League One football club on the wrong end of a 2-1 pasting:

But just two short months later, his world was in ruins, robbed of his strength by a sensible haircut:

This is the tale of 16 year-old Gary Cooper from Benfleet in Essex, declared in December by The Daily Mail and The Sun to be a "tycoon", making £30,000 month in a business he operated outside of school lessons:

Gary, 16, employs four staff selling mobile phones and gadgets on the internet. During the day he studies for four A-levels at Southend High School for Boys in Essex. But before and after lessons the whizzkid runs his business.

Gary, who believes the firm will make its first £1million in a few years, pays himself £500 a month and is saving for a speedboat.

Mmm. Speedboat. That was all very well, except Cooper's firm GC's PC's (his punctuation) was clocking up plenty of attention online, in particular on Digital Spy. Dozens of forum users had similar complaints of the company - payment been taken and items not arriving, non-existent customer services, additional money been charged for questionable reasons, and a set of terms and conditions plucked from the verse of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky:

5.4 Your order if flagged as high risk, may be subject to a fraud check. These will be underdone by a senior member of staff charged at £85 per hour charged per 15 minutes.

6.6 You do not have the right to cancel the contract if the order is for perishable goods such as computer software.

10. Pre-order Products

10.5 A minimum of £8.90 will be charged to cover staff wages for ordering your product and cannot be refunded.

That's right folks - computer software is classed as perishable goods.

For eight pages of the Digital Spy thread, forum members swap cautionary tales concerning the company, and then the man boy himself wades in. Seriously, if you have a spare half hour, start reading. It's incredible stuff as the Cooper and his company slowly appear to fall apart.

To cut a long story short, despite professing his innocence from the start, credit card merchant Protx has pulled its services, the website has disappeared, Trading Standards are investigating and Essex Police have requested any further complaints be sent to them. There also seems to be the small matter of a company turning over £400,000 a year not charging its customers VAT.

The whole episode sounds like a chicken trapped in a bag of hammers, and it's not over yet. Expect to hear more of Gary Cooper's exploits in the future. [thanks for the tip-off from The Couch!]

TOPICS:   Economy


  • James
    Some one slap the c***
  • M.Y.88
    genius t&c
  • Tim
    Maybe I should start my own business? lol....
  • dude
    He'll get a job at Paypal soon :)
  • tim
    just been looking a digitalspy and mse and there is a lot of stuff on it lol.. looks like quite a deep subject....
  • Rob
    Giving the world another reason to take the piss out of fat kids - he wont be running from the law anyway .
  • Rob
    mse and ds have enough running to fill a book but in situations like this someone always says stuff like "I blame the parents" as a sort of excuse. In this case though it seems very apt.
  • Dave P.
    Reminds me of this...
  • Tin
    LOL @Paypal comment!! SO TRUE - perhaps he even invented Paypal when he was 10.
  • Stephen
    I ordered my Sony Ericsson k850i from him a few weeks ago and only received in 3days ago to find it was locked to network 3 instead of 02, then i go on the his website to find its been pulled. What a little Sh-t he is, as i stated on many occasions to Gary that i wanted 02. He will know all about it when he goes to court.
  • Tee
    Stephen, please contact Watchdog and Trading Standards. (That goes for anyone else that is in this mess!)
  • MicroWorld y.
    [...] Vultures circling 16 year-old internet cowboy Gary Cooper … [...]
  • dan
    hey just thought i should let you all know, gary really is not that bad, personally i have not had any problems with his service. Also he has been cleared of all charges, therefore proving that it was more than likely a lot of jealous people with nothing better to do than bring down a 16 year old who was doing well for himself dan
  • DansReallyGary
    Hey Gary...errm I mean Dan, The whole Country is watching and waiting for your downfall. The financial ruin of a Family of Thieves will be met with much glee and happiness. I hope you go to Jail
  • DBC
    Thank you Gary (sorry "dan") for you comments. I see you spelling is improving and is certainly better than that on your (sorry Gary's) website.
  • Dan D.
    hey to dan (March 13th)! yeah it's great Gary's been cleared of all charges before the charges was even filed, that's because it's all been A Conspiracy, what you and I both know & now the Polis an Trading Stands have agreed, just because Gary (wot is a great bloke, he rescued me from a burning house after my fake iFone blew up, wot more can I say/) is 16 that does not mean everone can attack him accuses of fraud, say rude things like hes an illiterate scamming git ect ect cant spell that sought of thin. Anyway. im wishing him all the best & lets go get the real crooks what are running www.impulsetechuk/store which gary has time & time again said NUFFINK TO DO WIV ME, YOU MORON and which has his company registration number on it and is even trying to cash in on Gary's Grate Prise Competition wot was won by Serena from Newcastle, she got a Sony Viao laptop worth £650, but who is gonna win the same laptop from www.impulsetechuk/store?? Gary it looks like anuvver fraud wot is running even now as we speek so now your a free boy, well, you go tell the polis all about www.impulsetechuk/store like wot I just have, together we can smash the fraudsters oh yes!! * PS: hows Sarfend FC doing now your able to continue as its sponser?? Lots o luck your true fren -- Dan ** PPS: R U able to deal with that iPhone explpsi0n under warranty?
  • Dan D.
    gary you are a diamond geezer, i only just mention the scamming bar stewards wot was fraudlently running www.impulsetechuk/store today wiv the £650 laptop prize offer and thats it, the website has gorn. i think this proofs beyond any doubt wotso ever that your straight up, i certainly would not want to be those scammin nigerians at Basinghstoke wot was running www.impulsetechuk/store an pretendin they was you. PS: i reel fancy serena from new castle, how do I write to her, see if she fancies a bit of vio wiv me???? Dan Dan
  • dacouch
    If you have been similarly affected, please provide the following details to Detective Sergeant Simon Dovaston at Essex Police, [email protected] 1. Contact details, including name address, email address and phone numbers 2. Details of the complaint and loss incurred If possible, please provide documentation relating to your transaction, or dealings with the company GC’s PC’s so the complaint be documented.
  • DBC
    Three arrests were made on Monday May 11th by police investigating Gc's Pc's
  • End B.
    [...] couple of months ago we ran a story about an online retailer called GC’s PCs, and their spectacular young head honcho, the spectacularly-named 16-year old Gary [...]
  • Krista M.
    oh my god russian has numerous spy while in the state. Might be russian has million of spy all above the globe.
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