Italian high speed train at the station in Milan
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Rents in Milan are so high that she cannot afford an apartment in the northern Italian city, Giuseppina Giugliano, 29, told the Milan daily Il Giorno in mid-January.
As a caretaker, she only earns 1,165 euros, so it's cheaper to invest around 400 euros in train tickets that she needs to get from her home in Naples to Milan in the morning and back again in the evening: a total of up to 1,600 kilometers.
Six days a week.
Since September last year.
Every day she would get up at 3:30 am to take the bus to Naples and then the bullet train to work.
A train ride takes four hours and twenty minutes, and by 11 p.m. she's back home with her parents, she told Il Giorno.
The story of the commuter caused a sensation and sympathy in Italy and was widely spread.
Many German media also picked up the report, including the "Bild" newspaper and "RTL News", which both reported extensively on Saturday about massive doubts about the incredible story.
After displeasure about the truthfulness of Giugliano's statements, especially in social media in Italy, the Italian TV magazine "La lene" of the broadcaster Italia 1 tried to find out what is true – and what is not, according to "Bild".
Apparently, members of the editorial team lay in wait in the morning at the relevant railway platform in Naples, but never met the commuter.
Witnesses who commented on the report according to "Bild" stated that the young woman only started the journey for two days, after which she took sick leave.
Since January 19, she has been on leave until August to care for relatives.
Doubts about the fare
According to RTL, Giugliano's students and colleagues at the Bocciono Art School were also interviewed for the show.
She was only seen a few times at the start of school in September.
The journalist Violetta Fortunati, who wrote the original article for Il Giorno, then contacted the editorial office of La Lene and defended her article: Giugliano was at work between September and December.
However, there are also doubts about the amount of travel costs that Giugliano calculates.
However, the "Il Giorno" author did not check them.
According to »La Lene«, the fares are well over 400 euros a month, according to information from local transport companies, even the cheapest fare is around 600 euros for ten trips.
That would be more than 1200 euros per month.
However, according to RTL, "Il Giorno" calculated that the 400 euros could definitely be achieved with discounts and coupons.
Of course, Giugliano could clear up the whole mess himself. However, she left media inquiries unanswered and wanted to be left alone.
According to RTL, she reported to "La Lene" that she was shocked by the media hype surrounding her.
Her last Instagram story from Friday is a text board with a motto: "You don't have to defend or explain your decisions to anyone.
it's your life
Live it... without excuses«.
"Definitely," she then posted underneath.