Funnyman Jack Whitehall tries to remind himself how lucky he is, but can’t stop stealing and claims he learnt from his mother Hilary, who has been nicking things from hotel rooms for decades
Jack Whitehall confessed he steals light bulbs and batteries from the TV remote while staying in expensive hotels.
The 33-year-old funnyman spoke about his bizarre habit, which he claims he ‘inherited’ from his mother Hilary, who he said has been stealing the contents of hotel rooms for decades.
Jack even tries to remind himself about how lucky he is to earn millions from his successful TV and movie career, but he’s unable to stop himself from pocketing stuff from hotels.
“My mother’s ability to strip down a hotel room and steal as many of the contents as possible was learnt from the sensei of such things, her mother, and handed down, generation to generation, and it’s definitely something that I have inherited,” he wrote in his new book, How To Survive Family Holidays.
The Jungle Cruise star admitted it’s hard to get out of the habit, and will even take bathroom accessories to satisfy his urge to steal.
“I even try to rationalise it in my own head – ‘I don’t need these items; I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I could easily afford these things,’” Jack wrote.
But he said the ‘genetic kleptomania’ soon takes hold before he is due to depart the hotel, and looks to make his money back.
“I stride into the bathroom thinking, ‘If these b******s are going to charge that much for Pringles and Wi-Fi, those shower curtain rings are coming with me,’” he quipped.
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Jack has learnt from the best when it comes to snaffling hidden gems from hotel rooms, and while he opts for the ‘obvious’ choice of taking the toiletries, he also goes one step further.
“And it’s not just the obvious items I will go for. I think outside the box; obviously I take the toiletries.
“But thanks to my mother’s influence, I’ll take anything. Shower mats, light bulbs, linen, batteries from the television remote,” he shared.
Jack pleaded that it wasn’t his fault, and blamed it on genetics: “I can’t help it; it’s in my DNA.”
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The comedian recently spoke about his on-the-nose jokes, and said he was worried about any future stand-up performances because he might get cancelled.
“I feel like I’ve definitely said jokes in the past that would be worthy of cancellation,” he told the Irishman Abroad podcast, as he claimed he’s ‘weathered the storm’ after being criticised for his jokes in the past.
“We’ve had a few of these ridiculous cancellations of people because of historic jokes,” he fired, as he said comedians only ever intend their jokes to be ‘in jest’.