Wiganers' ridiculous excuses for getting out of TV License payment
'I've just escaped from jail. I'm due to do another three years, can you come back then?'
This is just one of the many ridiculous and flawed real-life excuses given to TV Licensing by people in Wigan caught watching TV or BBC iPlayer without a licence over the past year.
Around 94 per cent of homes across the UK are correctly licensed, but a small minority of people continue to offer TV Licensing Enquiry Officers flimsy excuses as to why they don’t have a licence when caught evading.
Top excuses in the area ranged from: “It’s only for the dog, it stops him howling when I’m out – I put it straight off when I come back in as there’s nowt on” to “I don’t need a TV licence, I have a shotgun.”
Dozens of tenuous excuses were collected from towns and hamlets across the UK. A woman from Wigan said: “I’m just looking after the goldfish and it can’t remember what it was watching on TV.”
A man from the borough said: “I couldn’t get to the shop to pay as I’ve been constipated so missed a few payments.”
Matthew Thompson, TV Licensing spokesperson in the North, said: “We make every effort to find evaders and although excuses we hear can be ingenious, those we catch still need to buy a licence.
“We offer help to those struggling to buy and would much rather people buy a TV Licence in small weekly or monthly instalments, than face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”
“A licence is needed not jut for watching and recording live television but for watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer.”