A crackpot joker Liverpool FC fanatic who paid £40,000 to have a sixth finger added to his hand now wants the NHS to pay for the corrective surgery to have it removed.
Stevie Robalot, an unemployed Reds fan from Wigan, had the sixth finger added before the Champions League Final in anticipation of his beloved 'pool winning their sixth European Cup.
Stevie, father of five, believed it would be be much easier for him to communicate how many cups Liverpool had won if he could do it with just one hand rather than having to use two hands to calculate the number. This hilarious gag backfired on Stevie, 48, when The Merseysiders failed to get past AC Milan in the final in Athens.
Now Stevie has infuriated honest, law abiding, taxpaying folk by insisting that the surplus finger be removed and the cost born by the NHS. He told doctors, 'I'll look stupid with six fingers, take some off'.
A spokesperson for Wigan PCT told us, 'I think we all share Stevie's pain and grief, we know that this sort of lost can have devastating effects, especially on people who live in remote isolated communities', she added, 'we will do all we can to ensure Stevie doesn't have to deal with this alone'.
In a cruel twist to this bitter tale, Stevie's life has been rocked a second time by the shock offer of a job. Local milkman, Dave Smith, has told Stevie he could put that extra finger to good use by helping him to collect empty bottles. Stevie was unavailable to comment on this as he said it might affect his benefit.