Some traditions from days past never die out as illustrated in this Arab News article. A Saudi who has his farm within Jeddah’s municipality was informed that he would need to pay SAR 248,000 (US$66,133.28) in order to get electricity since his property was two meters from the nearest line. Now for anyone that is a significant amount of money and especially for a villager who supports himself through his farm. Towards showing his intent and desire for electricity, he took it upon himself to deliver what he believed to be the equivalent amount…in goats.
This story also reminds me of an experience that Abdullah had in Pakistan. He had provided some assistance to a Pakistani national. This individual, towards showing his assistance had three gorgeous peacocks delivered to Abdullah’s home in Islamabad. Abdullah was not expecting such a thoughtful gift and at the time did not have a pen for the peacocks. As a result, until a pen was built, his security guards were spending most of their time chasing the peacocks around the neighborhood!
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