Best excuses for not paying your TV Licence

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


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


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


 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.


And the fun is over…