• Jan 7th 2008 at 4:02PM
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Jeremy Clarkson's often-misguided rants have, up until now, only cost him readers and respect, but after publishing his bank account details in his last column for The Sun, he's now out £500.
Clarkson's diatribe on why some 25 million people shouldn't be worried about two lost computer discs containing their personal information caused the lovable curmudgeon to print his own bank account details in the UK rag. He claimed, "All you'll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out."

As anyone who's been the victim of identity theft can attest, it doesn't take much, so when Clarkson checked out his bank statement a few days later, he noticed that a direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK was taken out of his account.

Top Gear's top presenter admitted that he made a mistake, and that "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." Beyond supplying said cocktail sticks, we think Clarkson shouldn't dispute the erroneous donation and chalk it up to a lesson learned while benefiting a good cause.

Thanks to all who sent in tips.

[Source: BBC]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well he deserved it. Who would be stupid enough to think nothing can happen out of publishing your account information?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is too funny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I doubt he'd have any recourse to get the money back anyway. He did knowingly and willingly publish this information in a public space.

      What an idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      See, fanboys - mouth off enough and it will bite you in the ass :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Contrary to popular opinion, Clarkson does not have diabetes. He has a recurrent case of foot-in-mouth disease.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny stuff. I'm not complaining, I love a tangential conversation as much as the next guy, but how did this end up on Autoblog? : )
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe he only had 500 pounds in that account, because deep down he knew it would happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If only they would have made the donation to Greenpeace.
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