Thursday 27 July 2017

Bin Laden pledge man finally shaves

Teacher Gary Weddle completed a vow he made in 2001 not to shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed (AP)
Teacher Gary Weddle completed a vow he made in 2001 not to shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed (AP)

An American school teacher who vowed after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that he would not shave his beard until Osama bin Laden was caught has kept his word - nearly 10 years later.

Gary Weddle, who lives in East Wenatchee and teaches in Ephrata in Washington, told the Capital Press: "I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn't get it off fast enough."

Mr Weddle, 50, had wanted to cut his beard for years. The grey stringy growth actually made him look a bit like bin Laden, the mastermind of the 2001 attacks who was killed by US forces.

Mr Weddle was a substitute teacher in Wenatchee when the terrorist attacks occurred on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, killing some 3,000 people.

Mr Weddle said he was so absorbed in the news that he neglected to shave. A week or so later, the middle school teacher decided not to shave until bin Laden was captured or proven dead, thinking it would just be a month or two.

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