I BLEW £20K SNIFF­ING WOTSITS

TRAGIC STEVE’S BIZARRE AD­DIC­TION

Sunday Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@ sun­daysport. co. uk

AS ad­dic­tions go, it has to be one of the more un­usual…

Steve Thomas found him­self HOOKED on sniff­ing cheesy corn snack WOTSITS and blew £ 20,000 in one year in­dulging his bizarre habit.

And the pile of full, sniffed Wotsits pack­ets thrown into the yard of his home in Crewe, Cheshire, at­tracted ver­min and he was EVICTED from his rented house and ended up HOME­LESS.

Steve, 43, told Sun­day Sport: “Sniff­ing Wotsits cost me £ 20k, I reckon – it also cost me re­la­tion­ships and my home.

Crack

“If you’re ad­dicted to crack or booze, folk fall over them­selves to help you but what do you do when you’re ad­dicted to sniff­ing Wotsits? There’s no Wotsits Anony­mous.”

Steve ex­plained that while never a huge fan of actually eat­ing Wotsits, he al­ways loved the whiff of a just- opened bag.

He said: “When I was a teen, pals used to laugh at me for buy­ing a bag of Wotsits, just so I could sniff them. After I’d had a sniff, I’d give the bag away to one of them.”

But this be­came an ob­ses­sion when Steve was laid up for two weeks fol­low­ing a bunion op.

He said: “A mate came round to see if I needed any­thing do­ing and I asked for a multi- pack of Wotsits. He brought them and I sniffed six packs, one after the other.

“Next thing I knew, I was hob­bling to the shop get­ting more. It was agony but – I re­alise now – I’d be­come hooked. After then, the ad­dic­tion stepped up.

“After I’d sniffed a bag, I’d be­come dis­gusted with my­self and started hurl­ing the pack­ets out­side the back door.

“A pile built up, at­tract­ing rats and flies. The land­lord told me to clear it up but I couldn’t get mo­ti­vated – all I wanted to do was sniff Wotsits. Even­tu­ally I was served no­tice to quit and I was home­less for a while.”

Even­tu­ally Steve got help from a coun­sel­lor and broke his ad­dic­tion.

He said: “Thank­fully, I can now han­dle open pack­ets as long as I don’t sniff them.”

Dr Jarvis Kens­ing­ton of the Univer­sity of West Lan­cashire said: “While Steve was not ad­dicted to Wotsits per se – they are not ad­dic­tive in any way – he was ad­dicted to the be­hav­iour of sniff­ing them. But his com­pul­sive dis­or­der is now un­der con­trol.”

SELF- DIS­GUST: Steve lost his cash – and his home – after he got hooked in­hal­ing aroma of the cheesy corn snack

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