Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught by store detectives at his local Tesco store leaving with a calculator which he hadn't paid for.
When stopped by security, he immediately admitted that he hadn't paid for it and offered to pay straight away.
He was amazed that the store detectives would not accept the money and still wanted to prosecute him for shoplifting.
Mr Brown said afterwards,"I don't understand why they wouldn't accept the money back. When us MP's were caught fiddling our expenses and offered to pay the money back everyone said that was okay and we got away with it. I thought I could do the same in Tesco, but for some reason different rules apply. It's just not fair, I think they are deliberately doing this to me because I am Prime Minister."
A spokesman said,"We confirm that a Mr Brown was apprehended by security attempting to leave without paying for a 99p calculator. When stopped he immediately offered to pay, but only handed us an IOU from an Icelandic Bank for £150 million, which he had countersigned on the back. As we did not have enough change, we had to arrest him and charge him with shoplifting."
His case comes up before Westminster Magistrates Court on 6th May.