X Factor 2012: James Arthur ‘left red-faced as bank card is declined three times in store’

X Factor winner James Arthur was reportedly left embarrassed at the till of a shoe shop this week after his bank card was declined three times.

The Impossible singer was shopping at the Foot Asylum store at Teeside Shopping Park, Stockton-on-Tees on Boxing Day when he allegedly ran into trouble due to insufficient funds in his account.

He is said to have selected more than 10 caps, a number of tops and pairs of shoes from the shelves but was apparently shown up when he was unable to pay the £771.74 bill, according to Splash News.

However, James was reportedly given permission to take the items home as long as he returns at a later date to settle the bill.

The news comes soon after James missed out on the coveted Christmas number one spot on the charts after he lost out to charity song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective, a Hillsborough disaster tribute single.

However, the singer, who had reached the top spot the week before, didn’t seem too disappointed and congratulated The Justice Collective on their triumph.

He tweeted: “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother deserved the Xmas number 1. Beautiful song and very worthy cause. Bless all affected by the disaster. #LOVE”

Prior to his congratulatory tweet, James had encouraged his fans to go out and buy The Justice Collective’s song.

He wrote: “Platinum single baby! Not a bad start :) thanks to all who bought it now make sure the hillsborough tune is number 1!! #LOVE”

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