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"Considering that there are some eight billion people on the planet, some question why anyone would choose an office mate for romance, with all the potential gossip, possibility of a job nightmare if things go south, terminations, and maybe even a lawsuit as icing on the cake," Taylor explains.
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Ireland, June 13-17, 2011. Talk given to Fraud Women's Network, 21 New Street London, EC2M 4TP, July 28th, 2011.