Cleaner who was mocked online for staring at gold through window in Riyadh is showered with gifts

A Bangladeshi cleaner working in Saudi Arabia was given a set of gold jewels, an iPhone 7, and promised thousands of Riyals after he was ridiculed on social media when a photo of him staring at jewelry through a shop window went viral.

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Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim, 65, who works in Riyadh, was mocked by social media users and an Instagram account who shared the photo with the caption: ‘This man deserves to only look at rubbish.’

The comment prompted an outpouring of support from around the world for Karim and one twitter user, Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who has a Twitter account called ‘Ensaneyat’ – ‘humanitarianism’ in Arabic – tweeted the image in the hopes of finding him.

The tweet was shared over 6,500 times and eventually his location was identified from the reflection on the shop window in the photo.

Karim has since been showered with gifts and money from around the world and an executive at a Saudi sports channel, posted videos on Snapchat showing Karim choosing a gold set.


Karim, who earns a modest £146 a month, told CNN: ‘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,’

Al-Qahtani, the twitter user who tracked Karim, has said that gifts including money, rice and honey, return tickets to his home country and an iPhone 7 are still being sent to Karim.

Other twitter users have also vowed to continue to send Karim gifts including one user who wants to give him £400 and another who has promised to send him gold jewelry.

Al-Qahtani told CNN that he was impressed by the efforts made to locate the cleaner and by the kindness and generosity of those who reached out to help him.

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