UBS Staff Have A Little Car Trouble

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Spare a thought for the UBS staff who left their cars Thursday night in the four-storey garage under the investment bank's headquarters building in Glattbrugg, six miles outside Zurich. Bloomberg reports that a water pipe burst on Friday, and the garage was flooded.

The building complex is apparently home to 2,800 UBS staff (two buildings actually, separated by a street, but the garage is connected), many of whom are sales staff and traders. A water pipe is said to have burst at a nearby construction site, and enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool apparently came cascading into the garage.

The good news was that nobody was injured, and that the flooding didn't prevent staff from working. Even better news is that the car park had to be pumped, leaving a residue of mud and sludge behind. Not so good news if you are after a sensational (or funny) story, however, is that the flood occurred in the early hours of the morning, and there were only around 40 cars in the garage at the time. And most of those cars weren't even 'flash', as the complex also houses support staff who don't, as a rule, drive around in expensive cars.

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