Arab Salesman Tries to Buy American Wife for 100 Camels

It might seem the time for buying wives as chattel has long gone, but based on the burgeoning mail-order bride phenomenon that grips the US, we'd be dearly mistaken.

As US tourists in Israel, a man and his wife were sitting outside a Bethlehem souvenir shop, waiting for their fellow tourists to finish bargaining for goods.

An Arab salesman approached them carrying belts.

After an impassioned sales talk yielded no results, he asked where they were from.

"America," the husband replied.

Looking at her dark hair and olive skin, the Arab responded, "She's not from the States."

"Yes I am," said the wife. He looked at her again and asked, "Is he your husband?"

"Yes," she replied.

Turning to the husband, he offered, "I'll give you 100 camels for her."

The husband looked stunned, and there was a long awkward silence.

Finally, he replied, "She's not for sale."

After the salesman left, the somewhat indignant wife asked her husband what took him so long to answer, to which the husband replied,

"I was trying to figure out if it would be possible to get 100 camels shipped back home."

Well, as the saying goes, "Don't look a gift camel in the mouth."  If someone offered you 100 camels for your spouse, would you ship them or use air freight?

In 2014, Lorie, 23, from the Philippines, was approached by retired entrepreneur, Thomas, 71, from Wirral, on Facebook after he reportedly fell for her long dark hair.

Thomas made the trip to Lorie's home for her birthday and within the year, they were married. The couple does not live together, but Thomas spends up to 5 months of the year in the Philippines.

Lorie has since had his child and Thomas co-parents via Skype. People have declared Lorie to be Thomas' mail-order bride but she denies the claim.

At first, Lorie was also shocked at their age difference but says she "warmed to his personality" and for his part, Thomas says it was "love at first sight."

Who are we to judge? Whatever floats their camels.

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