“I didn’t think I needed a licence for a stolen TV” is among the top excuses revealed by TV Licensing for the 400,000 UK households who failed to buy one for their TV last year.
While the number of people claiming they don’t need a TV Licence because they don’t watch live or recorded TV is on the rise, it hasn’t sharpened the wits of those just trying to dodge the £145.50 colour fee.
“I could not pay as I only have two pairs of pants and they were both in the wash”Excuses ranged from the bizarre, “I could not pay as I only have two pairs of pants and they were both in the wash,” to the questionable, “I could not pay for my TV Licence because the Olympic torch was coming down my road and I could not get to the shop as the road was too busy.”
Read Recombu Digital’s What is the TV Licence and why do I need one?One evader claimed they had not bought a TV Licence as they had “received a lethal injection,” while another didn’t want to buy a TV Licence for the full year because “knowing my luck I will be dead in six months and not get value for money”.
“Some of the excuses are simply hilarious whilst others show a great deal of imagination and creativity, but being caught without a valid TV Licence is a criminal offence and no laughing matter,” said a spokesman for the agency.
“Joking and wacky excuses apart, it’s breaking the law to watch live television without a licence so anybody doing this risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”
The top three excuses have been animated by White Robot. You can see Lethal Injection above, Stolen below, and find Lost Weight on YouTube.