Occasionally, I hear a news story so bizarre that it leaves me quite speechless. It’s not that I don’t know what to say, it’s just that I can’t quite wrap my mind around what I just read. Witness one such story:
“Thousands of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles. Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each.
The scam was uncovered when Japanese moviestar Maiko Kawamaki went on a talk-show and wondered why her new pet would not bark or eat dog food.
She was crestfallen when told it was a sheep.
Then hundreds of other women got in touch with police to say they feared their new ‘poodle’ was also a sheep. One couple said they became suspicious when they took their ‘dog’ to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves.
Japanese police believe there could be 2,000 people affected by the scam, which operated in Sapporo and capitalised on the fact that sheep are rare in Japan, so many do not know what they look like.”
Okay, sheep might be rare, but I can think of at least two breeds of dogs that are specifically bred in Japan. I’m afraid not knowing what a sheep looks like is really no excuse for thinking a sheep is a dog. Wouldn’t your reaction just be, “I don’t know what the hell this is, but it’s not a dog”? And I love how that couple “became suspicious” when the groomer told them their “poodle” had hooves. I can picture them stratching their chins like, “Hmmm, hooves you say? I’m beginning to think this bleating, hay-eating, cloven-footed animal might not actually be a dog… Oh well, let’s go make phone calls on our ridiculously tiny, futuristic phones, and watch anime, while eating sushi! Domo arigato, groomer man!”
Yeah, totally same diff.