Iranian Owes Wife 124K Roses

'Stingy' husband needs to make good on dowry
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 4:25 PM CST
Shop attendants make bouquets of fresh roses a day before Valentine's Day Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Manila, Philippines. Even this is unlikely to be anywhere near 124,000 roses. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – There is something worse than forgetting Valentine's Day—being a tightfisted husband. An Iranian court has ordered a man to immediately send his wife 124,000 roses or risk imprisonment, the BBC reports. The roses were promised to his wife as part of her dowry, which she can legally claim at any time. She's demanding the roses to punish her "stingy" spouse.

"Shortly after marriage, I realised that Shahin was very cheap," says the woman in question. "He even refused to pay for my coffee if we went to a cafe or restaurant." He blames "billionaire friends who had put such ideas in her head" for the situration. A rose costs about $2 in Tehran, and the government is holding Shahin's apartment as collateral until he ponies up.