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Notes from underground

Love on the underground is a tricky business. The anti-social hours are not good for marriages or for dating—but is it a hotbed of homosexuality?

By Dan Kuper   January 2006

“How much do you get paid basic?” I asked my supervisor after he’d shown me a wage slip bulging with overtime.

“I don’t know,” he admitted.

Overtime addiction is a common—although controversial—phenomenon on the underground. The unions hate it, since it allows the managers to get away with understaffing, but their married male members love it since it keeps them away from their wives. I wondered what my supervisor’s wife thought of him never being home, but he maintained she was unconcerned. “I don’t see her much even when I’m there.”

It transpired that this kind of marital bliss…

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