Jeremy Clarkson verbally abused for shopping without wearing a face mask

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Jeremy Clarkson leaves the Noel Coward Theatre in London after watching a performance of "Quiz". (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson leaves the Noel Coward Theatre in London after watching a performance of "Quiz". (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he was verbally abused by an angry stranger who spotted him shopping without a mask.

According to government guidelines, a face covering is necessary when entering shops to stop the transmission of COVID-19.

However, the 60-year-old admitted he simply forgot his mask while visiting his local paper shop.

In his column for The Times, he wrote: “Britain is becoming very bitter for some reason.

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“Last weekend I went to the paper shop and remembered most of the things I now need for such a trip: spectacles, phone, hearing aid, tin of boiled sweets, gazetteer and a list of the papers I like to buy when I arrive. But I forgot my mask.

“In the olden days, when there was Enid Blyton and local bobbies gave apple scrumpers a clip round the ear, people would have forgiven a 60-year-old for making such a mistake. But not any more.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Jeremy Clarkson attends a screening of 'The Grand Tour' season 3 held at The Brewery on January 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Jeremy Clarkson attends a screening of 'The Grand Tour' season 3 held at The Brewery on January 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)

Clarkson wrote how a man got out of a nearby car to berate him for going into the shop without wearing a mask.

The presenter said of the man: “His lecture, padded out with much profanity, was so lengthy that I never got the chance to interrupt and point out that he wasn't wearing a mask either. We see this sort of thing all the time.”

Clarkson has been the topic of numerous social media conversations this week for tweeting about students who didn’t get the A Level results they had hoped for.

On Thursday (13 August) Clarkson tweeted: “A level results not great? Don’t worry, I got a C and 2 Us and I’m currently building a large house with far reaching views of the Cotswolds.”

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The former Top Gear star writes similar tweets on A Level results day every year, prompting people to poke fun at his predictability.

This year, current Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness tweeted: “A level results not great? Don’t worry, I got a C and two Us and I’m the host of the worlds biggest motoring show, Top Gear.”

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