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Post-Sex Smoke Taxes Tolerance of Rail Travelers

August 08, 1992|Reuters

LONDON — British travelers turned a blind eye when a couple had sex in public on a crowded train, but their patience snapped when the lovers rounded off their performance with a cigarette in a no-smoking compartment.

Prosecutor Nazir Afzal told a London court Thursday that passengers had been stunned to see John Henderson, 29, and Zoe D'Arcy, 19, "apparently having oral sex" in the train.

"In due course, they finished and lit up a cigarette each," he added.

Until that point nobody complained.

"It was only on their action in lighting up the cigarettes that the witnesses actually came up to them and complained about their behavior."

Passengers found a guard who radioed ahead for police to meet the couple at London's Victoria Station.

Henderson and D'Arcy admitted committing an indecent act. They also admitted lighting cigarettes in a no-smoking carriage and were each fined $95.

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