When alpha male Jeremy Clarkson, 47, revealed his account number and sort code in his newspaper column as a way of rubbishing the threat to the 25 million parents whose data was lost by HMRC, few could have accused him of not putting his money where his ample-sized mouth was.
Upon publishing his details, he told readers that all someone would be able to do with the information would be to put money in, not take money out. “Honestly, I have never known such a palaver about nothing,” he said at the time.
But Clarkson admitted he was wrong after he discovered a reader had used his details to create a £500 direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK.
“I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account,” he
weeped wept like a big girl’s blouse in his Sunday Times column.