Let me introduce you to Crazy Aidy, my friendly, but odd, neighbour. Something weird is always happening to Adrian. This time, Aidy is in trouble for not paying his TV licence
Me: Good morning Aidy
Aidy: Hi, I was wondering if you’d do me a favour.
Me: Of course, what do you need?
Aidy: I need to borrow some money, I’ve got myself into a pickle.
Me: Yes, as long as it’s not too much.
Aidy: I need £220, and I’ll pay you back at the end of the month.
Me: I can lend you that, no problem. I’ll nip to the hole-in-the-wall and drop it in this afternoon.
Aidy: Thank you, you’re a life-saver.
Me: So, how come you’re short on money, is everything ok?
Aidy: Oh, yes. Fine. It’s just that I changed by bank account, but forgot to tell my work. So, I didn’t get last month’s wages. Well, it’s sorted out now, but I won’t be paid until the end of the month. I had enough money in my account, but then I got this fine.
Me: Oh, what fine?
Aidy: It’s for not paying my TV licence. I got a bill for my licence, so I called them and said I didn’t want to pay, because I don’t watch TV as the programs are rubbish. They said I had to pay anyway, and the next day, they sent me this fine to pay, on top of the licence.
Me: They should give you a chance to pay, before they fine you. Can I have a look at that letter? Maybe they’ve made a mistake.
Aidy: Sure. I told them I shouldn’t have to pay for rubbish TV. But, they didn’t agree. They said they had ‘high quality programs and award-winning content’. What do you think? Have they made a mistake?
Me: Yes, they have. They’re meant to give you a warning letter, before they fine you, so that you have a chance to pay; and they haven’t. If you call them and explain, they should cancel the fine and let you pay the licence fee.
Aidy: Oh, wonderful. That’s a relief. I’ll go home and call them now. I’ll see you in the afternoon then, after you’ve been to the cash point.
Me: Yeah, see you. Wait … hang on a sec. if you don’t have to pay this fine, you don’t need to borrow the money, right?
Aidy: I’d like to anyway, if it’s not too much trouble.
Me: Well, it’s no problem. But, why?
Aidy: Well, with the money I save from not paying that fine, I can finally afford to buy a TV.
Me: You don’t have a TV? Aidy, if you don’t have a TV, you don’t have to pay for a licence, do you?
Aidy: No, I suppose not.
Me: And, why do you want one, if there’s only rubbish on TV?
Aidy: You think it’s rubbish? I used to too, but now there’s high quality programs and award-winning content, and I don’t want to miss out. See you later.
Me: See you in a bit, Aidy.