Jeremy Clarkson ate a large dose of humble pie after a ham-fisted attempt to rubbish the furore over the loss of the entire database of child benefit claimants in October (25 million people's personal details on two computer discs was lost in transit between two Government departments) . Wanting to prove that the story was a fuss about nothing, he published details of his Barclays account in the Sun newspaper, including his account number and sort code. He even told people how to find out his address. "All you'll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I've never known such a palaver about nothing," he told readers.
But Clarkson admitted he was "wrong" after he discovered a reader had used the 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 said. "I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake. Contrary to what I said at the time, we must go after the idiots who lost the discs and stick cocktail sticks in their eyes until they beg for mercy."
I’ve always thought Jeremy Clarkson was an arrogant jerk. I’m glad to see that his arrogance got a dent. It’s a shame that it wasn’t a £5,000 donation and to, say, an environmental charity or to the Vegan Society.. Now that would have been a delicious irony