The local MLA, who took a strong interest, said that there was no public funding for this case. Arson attack victims rely solely on insurance and charity.

Gem, who had invested all his savings in buying, renovating and stocking his shop, and had reinvested all profits ever since, was only insured for a mere $30,000, the maximum any Australian insurance company would cover him for, based on the size of his shop. That was $150,000 less than what it was worth.

Gautam ‘Gem’ Gautam bought the Busy Bee Deli on 9 May 2014. At that time, the shop was fairly run down by its previous owner, a single mom without staff. When Gem took over, customers suddenly noticed a lot of positive changes. Not only, did the products become more relevant to the needs of the clients, but there was also a noticeable change in attitude. He gradually renovated the shop and turned it into a mini-supermarket. Neighbours increasingly popped by to pick up items that they urgently needed, such a bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, a pack of coffee or a light bulb.

Whenever people in Como were talking about the'Busy Bee Deli', there were two things they always said. "Gem and his family are really nice people," and "He always remembers me, my name, and what I like."

Quite a few people also had the experience that they forgot their wallet at home or their card did not work. What they were pleased with, is that Gem simply put the outstanding amount on account.

Read what one of his customers had to say online about the new owners of the ‘Busy Bee Deli.'

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