IAN Rankin has revealed he was turned down for car insurance because he’s a writer.
The novelist, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, tweeted that he “suddenly felt edgy and dangerous” after the knock-back.
The revelation prompted a stream of replies from people working in similarly “dangerous” occupations.
Sean Philips wrote: “I got turned down last year. Apparently drawing is a dangerous job!”
Adrian Hunter joked: “I’m an assassin and had dreadful problems when applying for a mortgage.”
Insurance website Money Saving Expert shows that job descriptions do affect insurance premiums.
Journalists, exotic dancers, funfair employees and footballers have the worst job titles for insurance. But nurses, coastguards and lollilop ladies are deemed “safer” and pay less.