Lucas Milne, a student from South London, has been shunned by his friends and family for not paying with a credit card for a bottle of Lucozade Sport and a copy of Empire Magazine in a shop in Peckham.
The tragedy occured yesterday morning at 11.30 am, when the young Mr Milne entered the shop and purchased a bottle of Lucozade and his favourite magazine, and went to pay at the till. Instead of paying the normal method favoured by students, he instead opted to pay with a £5 note instead, anticipating some change from the shopkeeper. It was reported that the shopkeeper, a Mr Terry Duke, 48, looked at the student and backed against the wall in terror. "I'd never seen it before," said mr Duke, "It was like something out of a horror film. When he handed me the money, and didn't use his card, I swear my heart skipped a beat." Mr Duke is currently being treated for shock in a local hospital.
When Mr Milne's family and friend heard of what he had done, they immediately shunned him. His mother, Phoebe Milne, was un-available for comment by papers, opting to slam the door in the reporters face. A long time friend of Lucas', Toby Moore, was equally as shocked, saying; "I couldn't believe it when I first heard it. I thought 'How could a mate of mine that I've known for years just throw his life away like that?' I felt like I didn't know him any longer." Other friends of his have stated their disappointment and sadness at Mr Milne's actions.
Police have reported that Lucas is currently living in a makeshift burrow somewhere in a field. It is unknown where he is, or how long he will be there for, or even whether he will be able to return to society. However, some protest groups are saying that his banishment was 'ridiculous' and 'over-the-top.' Some students groups are said to be haling him as a kind of religous leader. The police have recently expressed fears that Mr Milne's actions could lead to even more students paying for small items with cash, students cutting their hair and in some extreme cases, cause more and more students to not talk veyr loudly on their phones whilst on buses.