A Bangladeshi cleaner working in Saudi Arabia was showered with gifts after a photo of him staring into a jewellers’ window was ridiculed and went viral on social media.
Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim, 65, who works in Riyadh, was mocked by an Instagram user who shared the photo, writing: ‘This man deserves to only look at rubbish.’
An outpouring of support for the cleaner ensued and Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who has a Twitter account called ‘Ensaneyat’ – ‘humanitarianism’ in Arabic – set out to find him.
Al-Qahtani’s tweet was shared more than 6,500 times and users were able to identify the cleaner’s location from the reflection of the shop window in the photo.
Karim, whose monthly salary in Riyadh is $187 (700 Saudi Riyal), said he didn’t realise the photo was taken.
‘I was just doing my job as a cleaner in the municipality and found myself in front of the gold shop. I am very happy about the gifts and very thankful,’ he told CNN.
Lord Knows, that is I do, humanity contains perhaps more than its fair share of shits but they seem to have passed the Sodom test of having a leaven of at least occasionally good ones among them. So, we’ll keep this species. Gabriel? Michael? Make it so.