Travelling without a ticket
In the UK, most railway stations have barriers which prevent you from getting on a train without buying a ticket. If you do board a train without paying, and you are caught, you usually have to pay a fine.
For one London banker, the punishment was much worse. The man lived in Sussex but worked in the centre of London. He found a way to travel without paying, and did this for many years. When he was caught, he was ordered to pay back the £42,000 which he owed. He has also been banned from working in the financial services industry, so he has lost his job.
The bank said he showed a lack of honesty and integrity and the banker admitted that he had been very foolish.
a banker a professional who works for a bank
a barrier a kind of gate
to board to get on
a fine money paid to the police
to owe money money which you have to repay
banned not permitted to do something
integrity good moral behaviour