I Hate When This Happens

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Saudi family discovers maid is a dude

By ARAB NEWS

RIYADH: For seven months "she" cleaned the house, served tea to guests and even looked after their children. But when it was time to go back home, a Saudi family in the capital were in for a surprise: Their maid was in fact a guy.

The Arabic daily Al-Jazirah reported on Sunday that a Saudi family who employed a housemaid from the Philippines did not realize that the woman who had been serving them for seven months was a man.

"No one in the family had any doubts about the gender of the housemaid. She had smooth skin and had a beautiful face. She would not mix with men in the family," the newspaper said.

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