Husband meets wife in brothel

This story sounds suspiciously like an urban legend being reported as news. It could, of course, be true, though the source (a Polish tabloid called Super Express) makes it difficult to fact check:

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees.
Polish tabloid Super Express said the woman had been making some extra money on the side while telling her husband she worked at a store in a nearby town.
"I was dumfounded. I thought I was dreaming," the husband told the newspaper on Wednesday. The couple, married for 14 years, are now divorcing, the newspaper reported.

Sex/Romance Urban Legends

Posted on Mon Jan 14, 2008


And he's visiting the brothel because?
Posted by leshka  in  NYC  on  Mon Jan 14, 2008  at  07:10 AM
leshka, my thought exactly. However, it could be that he was visiting because his wife refused him sex. However, it is more likely he wanted unusual sex and didn't want his wife to find out how kinky he was. It's still odd, and Alex is probably right, it's an urban legend.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Jan 14, 2008  at  08:07 AM
I recall this story being used in a porn movie I saw back in my misspent '70s youth. I can't remember the name of the film. But as I remember, the husband has a business client who wants to go to the brothel.
Posted by Phred22  on  Mon Jan 14, 2008  at  08:35 AM
This is an old, old legend (an urban legend, except it's so old that it may predate the existence of cities). Jan Harald Brunvand (sp?), the man who popularized the term "urban legend," has documented some of the occurances of this one in some of his books.

The Polish newspaper may have just had space to fill and dragged out this ancient chestnut, but I think it's more likely one of their writers heard it somewhere and, and like a lot of newspapers and tabloids, this one may not do much fact checking.

Of course, the incident "could" happen, but it hardly seems likely. She's working in a brothel to pay his bills at other brothels. Why would he divorce her for that? And what are the names and the address of this couple? Not mentioned, are they? (I did try to check this by going to the paper's web page, but I can't read much Polish. I couldn't help noticing the daily weather forecast features a picture of a naked model, though-- always a good indicator of sober journalism.)
Posted by Big Gary  in  Ponder, Texas  on  Mon Jan 14, 2008  at  10:39 AM
I think it's not only possible that this could happen, but it probably has a few times somewhere in the world. What I find unlikely is that one of them would call the press. It's an embarrassing story for both, but something personal that would never make it as far as a media story.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Fri Jan 18, 2008  at  05:14 PM
On my weedding night, by force of habit I put out $100 on the nightstand. I awoke in the middle of the night, realized my mistake and went to take it back before offending her. Only $50 remained. smile
Posted by wdl  on  Wed Jan 23, 2008  at  06:36 PM
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