Saudi man refutes $3.5m goat deal

Tribal elders said to be enraged by elaborate prank that grabbed media’s attention

Photo for illustrative purposes only. (Getty Images)

Photo for illustrative purposes only. (Getty Images)

A Saudi Arabian man has publicly denied reports that he forked out $3.5m to buy a goat, claiming that he was the victim of a practical joke.

Earlier this week reports surfaced on social media sites that the Saudi citizen had paid the astronomical fee for the beast, which had some unspecified, unusual features. A picture of the cheque he used to make the payment was also posted online.

Speaking to Arab News, however, Dawi Fahad Al-Harbi said that he had paid a SR1,300 cheque for a spare part for his car, which a friend had then scanned in to a computer and used Photoshop to add in an additional four digits. In a further act of high-tech trickery, the friend then changed the cheque to read “towards the value of a goat”.

Arab News said that Al-Harbi’s clan were left furious with him over the incident, with tribal elders refusing to believe it was an elaborate prank.

“I was really upset by the anger expressed on Twitter, and I still remember one statement, which read: ‘He should have given that money to the poor in his village or bought an orphanage instead of wasting it on a goat’,” Al-Harbi told the newspaper.

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Posted by: Billy

Whether true or not, this story shows that the world is prepared to believe that there might be a Saudi (or other Arab) out there with so much money and so little common sense that they might actually spend this much money on a goat. This is gives a scary view of what the rest of the world thinks of these countries, their people, their wealth and what they may choose to spend their money on. These nations should do soemthing to change that perception in the world and regain the respect that they probably deserve for the good things they do actually spend their money on.

But very funny anyway!

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