Comedian Jason Manford has said he has been turned down for a job at Tesco after applying “to feel useful” during lockdown.
Posting on Twitter, he shared a screengrab apparently of his rejection letter, joking that he is “absolutely livid” about his application to the supermarket being unsuccessful.
The 38-year-old said he applied for a job as a Tesco driver after becoming “recently unemployed” due to the coronavirus pandemic, getting in touch early on in the outbreak as some people were stockpiling and when “it looked like supermarkets etc were going to need thousands of extra hands”.
After another social media user joked that he would “do anything to get out of the house”, Manford replied: “Oh don’t get me wrong, my extracurricular volunteer work is a purely selfish way of having an hour to myself.”
Manford, a former 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain, also joked about his recent performance in the first UK series of The Masked Singer, in which he was disguised as a hedgehog and came runner-up to Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts earlier this year.
“Haha I could’ve done all the deliveries full out as the Steampunk Hedgehog from #TheMaskedSinger,” he replied in response to one fan.
According to the screenshot of the rejection letter he shared online, the comedian had applied to work at a Tesco Express in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
The letter said: “We appreciate your interest to work for Tesco during these unprecedented times and thank you for your application for the customer assistant – convenience.
“Regrettably we are unable to progress your application forward this time as the vacancy is now closed.”
Sky News has contacted Tesco for comment.