Steve21 (18th June 2013)
Just to cut a long story short:
A homeowner said they did not think they had to pay their TV licence fee because they claimed their pet was related to one of the Queen's dogs.
Excuses for non-payment given last year included:
"Apparently my dog, which is a corgi, was related to the Queen's dog so I didn't think I needed a TV licence"
"Why would I need a TV licence for a TV I stole? Nobody knows I've got it"
"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"
"I had not paid as I received a lethal injection"
"I don't want to pay for a licence for a full year. Knowing my luck I'll be dead in six months and won't get value for money"
"I have lost weight recently and had to buy new clothes. That's why I could not afford to buy a TV licence"
Steve21 (18th June 2013)
So under that logic if I have a three year old, weight-losing, drug taking, dying, royal dog I should get an epic refund??!? Hurrah
Year before that is even better!
"Since I had a bit of a fling with the postman I haven't been receiving my mail so I didn't get my TV licence reminder."
"No-one watches TV apart from the parakeet. It calms him down and stops him ripping out his feathers."
"I went to the PayPoint to pay for my licence, but I had to leave before I could pay as my kids were stealing sweets and I had to get them out fast."
"My Payment Card fell in the toaster so I had to iron it and now the PayPoint machine won't accept it."
"I can't afford a TV licence now as the repayments on my brand new car are cleaning me out!"
"I never got the reminders because my two-year-old hides all my post in her toy box".
"I would have to sell my TV to pay for a licence so I can't do that."
"I don't need a TV licence, I already pay for my electricity bill."
"I'm getting married and am too busy picking flowers, colours and things to buy a TV licence."
"I cannot go out to buy a licence because I am allergic to the sun."
BBC News - TV licence excuses include postman affairs and sunlight
Now me, I just invited the guy into the house, said "There's the TV/DVD/Monitor unit. As you can see, I have no aerial, the Satellite cables are cut off at the wall, and if you'd care to come into the loft you'll see the disabled Masthead amplifier there as well. I don't watch live TV, I have no time and it's frankly rehashed carp anyway these days. I watch it on iPlayer via the PC/Wii, as and when I have the need."
He was most happy to take us off the "bug" register and went on his way a happy chappie.
'tis true though..it IS all rehashed carp. I don't miss it, it's been 3.5 years and I prefer my Roberts 83i DAB radio anyway..
We pay, but to be frank, we don't watch anything from the BBC live, and we rarely watch anything recorded (apprentice and Dr who is about all we watch from BBC). Not sure why I pay £10 a month when I dont use the BBC services for 7 months of the year
Doesn't watching iPlayer need a TV license?
From BBC iPlayer - Help - Do I need a TV licence to watch programmes on BBC iPlayer?
You do not need a television licence to catch-up on television programmes in BBC iPlayer, only when you watch or record at the same time (or virtually the same time) as it is being broadcast or otherwise distributed to the public. In BBC iPlayer, this is through the Watch Live simulcast option.
The Radio 6 news just added this one to the list:
"I don't watch the TV, I only use it as a lamp to read by"
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