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Qatar corner shop receives first ever walk-in customer


Qatar corner shop receives first ever walk-in customer

Doctors warn against copycats after shopper makes “reckless” decision

DOHA: Residents of the upmarket West Bay Lagoon area were left stunned last night after a man was seen exiting his vehicle and entering a local corner shop on foot.

The athletic shopper, who has requested to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, has since claimed he was feeling “unwell” at the time and that the experience has left him “traumatised”.

Dr Rehan Angina of the World Health Organisation this morning warned against copycats, claiming that many residents of Qatari didn’t have the requisite stamina to withstand the eight seconds of heat between car and shop door, and that picking items of the shelves was, in itself, “an extremely stressful process and not for the weak hearted”.

“Cars park opposite the store, honk their horn and we go outside to take their orders,” said Arjit Fairy-Liquid, manager of Happy Snack Trading where the incident took place.

“That’s how it works and that’s how it has worked for years. I can now identify at least 20 types of Landcruiser from the horn alone.”

The move follows a spate of similar incidents across the GCC. Last month a shopper in Dubai was hospitalised for a week after walking 50 metres to the supermarket rather than utilising the store’s delivery service.

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  1. DJ

    September 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Most order their snacks too the same way 🙂

  2. Guest

    September 3, 2012 at 7:11 am


  3. EX XPAT

    September 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I hope the Qatari Government are going to come down hard on the offender before chaos ensues and the local populous start randomly queuing in an orderly fashion like most people, or showing lane discipline and common courtesy while driving.

  4. Anonymous

    September 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    hahahahaha. This article is ALMOST true. I live in Doha, and that is how it works….. I myself can handle the 8 seconds walk from aircon car to aircon store…. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    September 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    These people epitomize in every sense the meaning of stupidity!

  6. Anonymous

    September 4, 2012 at 3:40 am

    So true

  7. Anonymous

    September 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Looks like an article written by MIMH. The name, Dr. Rehan Angina is an evidence!

  8. Ola Diab

    September 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    One of the stupidest articles I’ve ever read. I’ve been living in Qatar for 17 years, although it is very common for people to honk for the “waiter” to get something from the market. But it’s not rare for people to get down to buy their own stuff from the market. I’ve done it so many times and I’m an Arab female. This is not breaking news so to say that the market received it’s first walk-in is an exaggeration.

  9. Farris

    September 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Ola, I think you are missing the point. The article is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously. I think Ajit Fairy-Liquid would agree.

  10. Anon

    September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Ola are you serious? people like you are the reason why this article is written!!!

  11. doesitmatter?!

    September 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Ola, you had me @ “I’ve been living in Qatar for 17 years”!!! Say no more, that is 17 years of disconnection from the REAL world outside & hence your reply! Not only have you missed the point here, you’ve missed it by a mile, which is common for people who have lived here as long as you have, so not to worry! :)…

    • Ola Diab

      September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      @ “doesitmatter?!” LOOOL I don’t know who you think you are but you’re definitely an arrogant ass. I took this article seriously on purpose as a sociology project to see who would explain things to me with politeness (like that Farris guy) and who would explain things to me in an uncivilized manner, which you successfully did. Just a friendly advice, next time you want to be a jerk, make sure you go by your name Mr. “doesitmatter?!” because that would make you less of a coward.

  12. Anonymous

    September 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I always enjoy reading the comments just as much as the article itself, thank you Ola for your contribution 🙂

  13. Pedro

    September 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Whatever next …. lane discipline, stopping for pedestrians, orderly queing … Please take it slow …my heart cannot take such excitment …:)

    • doesitmatter?!

      September 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      @ Pedro,lanes? which lanes?…pedestrians? what the hell are those?…nice one! :)…


    September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Tssk tssk..Ola Ya Ola….you sure don’t get it…!

  15. Sandy

    February 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Ola! Well played!

  16. Harry Barracuda

    February 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    What gets me is they don’t seem to make the connection between being morbidly obese and demanding to be waited on hand and foot while they stuff their fat faces.

  17. WatchinTheIdiots

    May 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Whiner. If you were truly doing a social experiment, you’d have never exposed it. Quit lying and admit you got fooled by this obviuosly satirical piece. And then admit that you’re a selfish, conceited hater who can’t stand to admit you made a mistake.

  18. Anonymous

    June 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    THIS IS BEYOND LAME STORY… seriously get a life people , especially whoever wrote the article. if you want to be funny ..write something that is worth it

  19. Qatarsis

    June 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Great job PAE, keep it up…

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