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)
By Staff writer
Thu 12 Sep 2013 01:35 PM

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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