Alan Thompson, an accountant from Grimsby, got more than he bargained for when he used the satnav in his new car for the first time, because instead of it directing him to the local chippy he ended up 3500 miles away in New York!

‘I just wanted to check it out, you know, boys toys and all that, so I said to my wife I’ll just nip down Let’s Get Battered to get us a fish supper, but ninety minutes after leaving home I was still nowhere near the chippy, and then when I found myself driving through St Albans it did seem rather odd, however I was just following the satnav’s instructions.’

‘Next it said Proceed to Heathrow and buy an airline ticket for New York JFK. I know it sounds kind of silly now, but I mean computers are always right aren’t they, so that’s what I did?’ explained Alan.

‘Phyllis, my wife, wasn’t too best pleased when eventually I called her from New York and explained what had happened. She had to have baked beans on toast on her own and I didn’t half get a good ear-bashing when I got home the next day.’

When asked if it hadn’t occurred to him that something was wrong with the device, Alan said: ‘Well, not really the car’s brand new.’

Now counting the cost of a trip that’s set him back a cool £4000 a rueful Alan admitted: ‘I think I’ll maybe walk to the chippy next time.’