JUBAIL, 28 December 2006 — An 8-year-old student refused to go to school recently after she was shocked that the teacher she took was a role model was not, the daily Al-Watan reported yesterday. The student listened to the teacher’s warnings not to drink sodas because they were bad for the health but then she spotted the same teacher drinking soda. She asked her why she was drinking something that she was warning students against and she was told that it was allowed for teachers and not for students. Her young mind did not accept the contradiction and she refused to go to school. The father complained to the school about the behavior of the teacher. The youngster agreed to go back to school only if the teacher explained her behavior to the students.
‘Poor’ Salesman Unmasked as Wealthy Forger
RIYADH, 28 December 2006 — People in the Al-Wazart neighborhood here were shocked when the man they thought was the poorest person in the area was actually a very rich criminal, the daily Al-Riyadh reported yesterday. The “poor” man was working in a stationary store selling school and office materials. Out of sympathy people often bought from him because they thought he was poor and would not return defective items to him for the same reason. A police investigation involving a notorious forger led them to the salesman. After 15 days of surveillance, they stormed the stationery shop to find that it housed a small industry that specialized in producing forged government documents including fake Iqamas. The man confessed that he had been doing this for a long time and that he netted SR200,000 a month.