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'X Factor' James Arthur's card 'declined three times while shopping'

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X Factor winner James Arthur's card was reportedly declined three times while he was shopping in the Boxing Day sales.

The 24-year-old was apparently attempting to buy a number of hats, trainers and tops (totalling £771.74) when his card was rejected due to insufficient funds.

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According to the Daily Mail, Arthur ran into trouble when he reached the tills at Foot Asylum in Teesside Shopping Park in Stockton-On-Tees this Wednesday (December 26).

The 'Impossible' singer first decided to make a phone call to enquire whether money had been transferred to his account, before asking to speak to the manager. Staff then agreed that he could take his clothing haul home and return at a later date to settle the bill.

Arthur had returned to his hometown for the holidays and spent Christmas Day in Saltburn. An avid Middlesbrough fan, he also attended the club's game against Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day and presented the match ball to the referee.

The Teesside native is expected to reclaim the number one spot on the singles chart this Sunday, after he was beaten to the Christmas number one by the Justice Collective's charity cover of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

Watch James Arthur's video for 'Impossible' below:

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