Best excuses for not paying your TV Licence

Outlandish, creative and downright bonkers – the top reasons people don’t pay to watch their television

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TV Licensing has revealed the top excuses it’s been given this year by people who haven’t paid their TV Licence.

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The number of people not paying their licence is pretty low – only around 5% aren’t coughing up – but the excuses this small number of people have given to avoid the £145.50 annual fee are pretty imaginative.

Here’s the top 12 excuses we’ve found:

* “Why would I need a TV Licence for a TV I stole? Nobody knows I’ve got it,” Scotland

* “The only way I can afford to pay for my TV Licence is if I sell my hamster, is that what you want me to do?” Liverpool

* “Apparently, my dog, which is a corgi, was related to the Queen’s dog, so I didn’t think I needed a TV Licence,” Northern Ireland

* “I have lost weight recently and had to buy new clothes. That’s why I could not afford to buy a TV Licence,” Manchester

* “I have not paid as I received a lethal injection,” unknown

* “I don’t want to pay for my TV Licence for a full year. Knowing my luck I’ll be dead in six months and won’t get value for money,” Wales

* “I only use my TV as a lamp. If you switch it on it gives a good glow, which allows me to read my book,” Scotland

* “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,” London

* “Only my three-year-old son watches the TV. Can you take it out of the family allowance I receive for him? He watches it so he should pay,” Manchester

* “I could not pay as I only have two pairs of pants and they were both in the wash,” Slough

* “[Customer presents half a torn paper licence to visiting Enquiry Officer] I spend so much time at my neighbour’s house, we thought we would just share a TV Licence. My neighbour has the other half,” Soctland

* “I got caught shoplifting so I’m barred from the shop that takes PayPoint payments,” unknown

TV Licensing have had a big of a laugh – they’ve even turned three of the excuses into these hilarious videos:

Lost weight

Stolen

 Lethal injection

But the guys at TV Licensing were also quick to remind us that it’s a criminal offence not to have a licence and you can be fined up to £1,000.

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And the fun is over…