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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.
“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.”
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.”
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
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) August 13, 2020
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.”
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.”