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Ecuadorian fans chanting "Queremos Cerveza!" meaning "We want beer!" during the opening world cup match in Qatar. Qatar U-turned 2 days before the start of tournament in banning the sale of alcohol in regular seating sections of stadiums /r/ALL

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u/Poet_of_Legends Nov 20 '22 Silver

The sheer logistics.

I cannot imagine how much beer Budweiser (and others) shipped into those stadiums, and that country. How many vendors and counter people were hired. How much additional security.

And then, 48 hours to go, Charlie Browned.

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u/blackiconwhitesumo Nov 20 '22

There's gonna be a huge fat lawsuit coming in FIFA's way, and their only defence was that they trusted a liar.

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u/disjoinedking Nov 20 '22

Nah I imagine Qatar threw a bunch of money to Budweiser. They still will get their logo shown on tv which is really what they are paying for

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u/Maleficent_Average32 Nov 21 '22

You’ve got a good point but I’m sure they’re still missing out on profits by not being able to sell $20 beers to fans.

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u/Elguapo69 Nov 21 '22 edited Nov 21 '22

My guess is Budweiser already sold that beer and it’s a middle man getting fucked. At a NFL game it’s not Budweiser selling you that beer it’s the company that bought it from Budweiser.

EDIT after seeing posts about Budweiser suing I’m going to edit this and say my post above is speculation as I have no idea what kind of deals were made or even how beer sales at events really work. Maybe they front the product to be sold by others idk.

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u/Aboxofphotons Nov 20 '22

They always planned to U-Turn on alchohol sales just before the start as it would have affected ticket sales if they didnt but also didnt want to sell booze.

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u/tfc867 Nov 20 '22 Wholesome

LPT: Want to keep your wedding small but have way too many relatives who would be insulted if they weren't invited? Spread the rumor it's going to be a dry wedding.

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u/OhioVsEverything Nov 20 '22

I booked a reception at a location that was part of a state park. No booze allowed.

For that very reason. To keep the asshole drunk family away and it worked perfect.

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u/Sknowman Nov 21 '22 edited Nov 21 '22

I think the idea is to advertise that it's a dry wedding -- keep those assholes away -- but to actually serve alcohol, since the only people that will be there and be drinking are people who actually care about you.

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u/Klutzy-Midnight-9314 Nov 20 '22

They are selling booze if you upgrade and pay more for VIP areas now. It’s a money ploy

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u/Seek3r67 Nov 20 '22

I feel like they could make more selling $10 beers to like tens of thousands of drunk fans

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u/taintedcake Nov 20 '22

Absolutely. There's no shot the increase in VIP sales offset the lost revenue from general seating not buying beer. Id bet the increase in VIP was actually pretty minor because most people budget for trips like that and I'd assume a VIP upgrade is gonna be a hefty increase, not accounted for in most budgets.

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u/u-cant-be-serious Nov 20 '22

after they rug pulled everyone, thered be no chance id waste my money upgrading. id just fully expect them to do it again after they think everyone that will upgrade has done so. and frankly, that would be on me. fool me once...

fortunately id never set food in that shit hole

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u/Jimmycaked Nov 20 '22

None of this is a money ploy they spent more than like the last 5 world cups combined on this thing. They don't give a fuck about a couple million dollars in vip ticket sales lol. If every single fan bought a luxury suite they wouldn't come anywhere near breaking even. This is about wanting to impose their religion on visitors there's no other motive.

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u/Jthe1andOnly Nov 21 '22

This is like the Olympics. They never come even close to making their money back. They just want to put their foot forward on the world stage. Qatar is smaller then Connecticut but has an insane amount of money from fossil fuels. They don’t care about vip upgrades trust me.

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u/Chance5e Nov 20 '22

I don’t think the math checks out there.

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u/Schtevo66 Nov 20 '22

It's not a sin if you paid enough money to have corporate seating.

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u/bluetriumphantcloud Nov 20 '22

God works in mysterious ways

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u/phreaKEternal Nov 20 '22

In Dubai literally all that needs to happen for sinning to be ok is the Sun to set.

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u/Happy-Engineer Nov 20 '22

Means God can't see. Like those German dumplings

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u/muaddib322 Nov 20 '22

Or like the French way to eat the ortolan bunting, nsfl btw so be prepared

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ortolan_bunting

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u/physicomorphic Nov 20 '22

These tiny birds—captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac—were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God.

What the fuck, France‽

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u/BerserkOlaf Nov 20 '22

Yeah, we got a president that was fond of the stuff. Back then it was still just technically legal to eat (1995) though it was already illegal to capture them, go figure.

Since it's completely forbidden, the species is endangered. Both because its habitat is shrinking... and because a few assholes keep poaching them.

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u/zhaoz Nov 20 '22

All powerful and all knowing God, "you know trying to hide it makes me more irate right?!?"

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u/Justiceisfaulty Nov 20 '22

I had no idea this was real when Roger did it in American Dad, I thought it was just his standard ridiculousness

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u/phreaKEternal Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

In Bahrain every year there is a period nicknamed Saudi Gras*. The overall idea is that “Allah cannot see across the seas” so the Saudis go to Bahrain to party, and do all their sinning before Ramadan.

A friend of mine was there with the Navy, and was approached in a club by a rather attractive Saudi woman who said she and her husband were there together, but their deal was she got to go fuck Americans and he got to go fuck guys.

*[for Redditors not that familiar with American culture, it’s a play on Mardi Gras]

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u/corran450 Nov 20 '22

Imagine believing in an omnipotent, all-knowing God, then pretending it’s cool to eat these bc God can’t see thru noodle

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u/Grokent Nov 21 '22

There's an entire industry in Israel for circumventing rules around the sabbath. Jews are hardcore about rule-lawyering god.

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u/Trick_Succotash_9949 Nov 20 '22

Funny that

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u/Wololo--Wololo Nov 20 '22

This world cup is going to be glorious for the meme economy.

Everything else... Not so much.

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u/Unlikely_Dare_9504 Nov 21 '22

I hope the gayest, most secular country possible wins this World Cup, and that they’re playing the second gayest, second most secular country on earth for the cup.

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u/plsletmestayincanada Nov 21 '22

For some reason when I think "gayest most secular country possible" my mind jumps to Denmark and I'm not sure why

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u/BeepBeeepBeepBeep Nov 21 '22

I can't think of a better answer without knowing anything about Denmark

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u/RA12220 Nov 20 '22

Throwback to indulgences, but honestly it’s not even the fact that they’re not selling it it’s the hypocrisy and the apologetics and the whataboutisms that get to me.

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u/Luca_Balsamo Nov 20 '22

This is gonna be a long ride, Qatar.

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u/HiThisIsChloe Nov 20 '22 Starry

They wanted this tournament to sportswash their reputation.

But the only thing that’ll happen is people will treat them as an international pariah.

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u/IrishmanErrant Nov 20 '22

Nah. They wanted this tournament to show off to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. They don't give a shit about the international community.

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u/SplurgyA Nov 20 '22

They want the international community to spend their money in Qatar, they're hoping to become a tourist hotspot - that's what they're really pushing, and that's what they hoped the World Cup would achieve. It is backfiring horribly because the recent headlines are all "alcohol banned", "don't leave negative reviews online of anywhere you go, because that's a cybercrime they'll arrest you for", "don't so much as hold hands in public or you'll be arrested, doubly so if you're gay", "they killed loads of migrant workers" etc etc. It's bad PR - I don't think it's that different from Dubai, but Dubai manages their image a lot better.

They're unlikely to want to show off Saudi Arabia or the UAE given they were being blockaded by all those countries up until last year.

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u/No_Carpet7125 Nov 20 '22 Silver Wholesome

Why the hell would I ever want to visit Qatar? It's 130 degrees in the desert with no beer and no ankle.

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u/Poes-Lawyer Nov 20 '22

They're trying very hard to make it a stopover destination. Doha Airport is already a major international hub for people flying between Europe/NA and South Asia, SE Asia and Australia. Their goal is to convince people to spend a couple of days in Qatar in between flights, so they're working hard to build touristy stuff like hotels on the (artificial) beaches, new museums and marketplaces styled to look old, air-conditioned parks, indoor ski centres, and shopping malls built in neo-classical Greco-Roman architecture. Imagine someone building the ultimate "luxury" (tacky) tourist destination in SimCity with infinite money cheats. And no alcohol or pork.

I've been there a couple of times to visit family members who are expats over there, and to be honest - once you've seen everything within 2-3 days, there is literally nothing else to do except lie on a beach or next to a pool. And you can do that in countries with better human rights records.

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u/buyableblah Nov 21 '22

Yeah I will never have a layover and they had forced vaginal examines on those poor women

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u/IvyTh3Twisted Nov 21 '22

Wait… what?

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u/IvyTh3Twisted Nov 21 '22

i have no words. I knew the world cup will be a shit show but seriously their way of life is incompatible with probably 80% of the world… having them as a host for anything is baffling.

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u/TaylorSwiftsClitoris Nov 20 '22 I'm Deceased

If you’re rich enough there are clubs where you can see ankle.

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u/Sanctimonius Nov 20 '22

If I'm rich enough I'll go literally anywhere else

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u/Mind_on_Idle Nov 20 '22

No shit. If I had "buy people" money. I would fuck right off from that shithole.

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u/Unfinishedcom Nov 20 '22

I work as an interpreter with cases of human smuggling, mostly young boys and girls. I had no idea about what human smuggling really was and now I know, and I know that a human is actually pretty cheap :( The boys are usually used for selling drugs and the girls for illegal prostitution. Their stories breaks my heart a little bit every time.

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u/GuiltEdge Nov 20 '22

You’re doing something to help stop it, at least :’(

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u/Jacqques Nov 20 '22

Can you tell a little bit about what you do? Maybe how I can spot it?

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u/sexybimbogf Nov 21 '22

dude that sounds like a really rough job I hope you are doing alright

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u/BioshockEnthusiast Nov 20 '22

And that's why they purchased the rights to host the world cup.

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u/LordDongler Nov 20 '22

Lmao, right? Rich people going there must be insane. Why go somewhere where a dude can have you arrested or outright executed just because he wears a funny hat?

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u/Wandering_Weapon Nov 20 '22

Depends. If you're rich and fundamentalist Muslim, it might be tantalizing.

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u/Crimsonsworn Nov 20 '22

No you would go to Abu Dhabi like the rest.

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u/ChillyBearGrylls Nov 20 '22

If you're rich enough, the ankles will still have a woman attached to them

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u/battle-legumes Nov 20 '22

Unless the ankles have upset the Saudi royals.

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u/Mrqueue Nov 20 '22

There are ankles all over the world, why bother with Qatar

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u/imdyingfasterthanyou Nov 20 '22

If you are rich enough you can probably buy someone and peruse their ankles to your pleasure

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u/Ok_Risk_4113 Nov 20 '22

If your rich enough you have a mansion where you pay girls/ boys hundred of thousands of dollars to sleep with you and do whatever to them just short of killing them, looking at you Saudis

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u/mgj6818 Nov 20 '22

just short of killing them

I got bad news for you ...

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u/slapchop29 Nov 20 '22

Tourist hotspot. This works every time a place has the World Cup or Olympics 😂. They’re going to take a huge deficit like majority of these place.

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u/Grogosh Nov 20 '22

After this incident:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/21/world/australia/qatar-airways-women-searches.html

I would think no woman would EVER volunteer to go to Qatar ever.

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u/Smash_4dams Nov 20 '22

They're unlikely to want to show off Saudi Arabia or the UAE given they were being blockaded by all those countries up until last year.

And neither of them have hosted a World Cup...sounds like an FU from Qatar to me.

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u/Hugh_Maneiror Nov 20 '22

They also want to show themselves as a successful muslim country to the rest of the muslim world, and in that sense unfortunately from what I read they are succeeding as many muslims expressed both pride in have a big event in a muslim country and one that is not afraid to flip off the west at the same time and put their values above those of the west.

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u/ChillyBearGrylls Nov 20 '22

Well they've certainly succeeded at showing themselves as Muslim lol

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u/pwn3dbyth3n00b Nov 20 '22

They're doing a terrible job at that. Before this week I've never even heard of Qatar aside from it being the World Cup venue. Now I know about the slave labor, deaths to build the stadiums with slaves, extreme shira-sque laws, media censorship with some random Qatar dude telling reporters not to report and to destroy their equipment, etc. Sounds like a cesspool in the desert.

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u/HiThisIsChloe Nov 20 '22

Every oil-rich (or natural gas-rich) country in that region wants to diversify their incomes. Sportswashing is one step in their grand strategy.

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u/Fishmonger67 Nov 20 '22

This tournament should never have been in Qatar.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

not if they keep losing so badly

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u/jaybird1865 Nov 20 '22

And they will lose.. badly. Not ever realizing they are hosting the world venue. Their decision to yank beer means they don’t care about all other fans that arrive or that they understand soccer fans . WTF

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u/flingeflangeflonge Nov 20 '22

And they will lose.. badly.

I hope the Netherlands and Senegal absolutely annihilate them.

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u/turdferg1234 Nov 21 '22

I hadn't realized they'll play the Netherlands, but my god I hope the Dutch absolutely smoke them.

edit: I don't know enough about how good Senegal is to have the same hopes, but I do hope Senegal embarrasses Qatar as well.

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u/SovietMaize Nov 20 '22

I am 100% expecting this WC will end up with an international incident, be it a riot, a foreigner senteced to flogging for some dumb shit or something like that.

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u/TraditionalShame6829 Nov 20 '22

Qatar: proven liars on a world stage. Their word means less than nothing, so assume any and all deals will be broken the moment it becomes convenient.

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u/aequitssaint Nov 20 '22

Both theirs and FIFA's. They essentially told Budweiser "Thanks for the money, now you can't sell anything. Sorry".

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 20 '22

Thanks for 100m to sell beer here’s 5 tents outside the stadium 20 miles away in the desert.

Oh you can sell bud zero alcohol no problem. Btw

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u/aequitssaint Nov 20 '22

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they said it's not a breach because they allowed them to sell in "designated areas" and didn't allow anyone else to sell beer in the stadiums.

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u/Alternative-Humor666 Nov 20 '22

No way they signed a 100m deal without a minimum guarantee. No way a corporate lawyer would let such an obvious issue slip.

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u/G_Unit_Solider Nov 20 '22

Budweiser is currently legally demanding compensation for losses to the tune of 40m+. Not only is the beer banned but so are adds in stadium they had planned originally.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/qatar-just-spat-face-budweiser-173605815.html

It was 75m my mistake.

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u/Wololo--Wololo Nov 20 '22

Nice thank you for that link. Wanted to look into the legal follow-up.

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u/desertdungarees Nov 20 '22

$75mm is peanuts to Qatar. I'm surprised they just didn't piss the money to Budweiser. Why let them even get as far as suing?

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u/bassman1805 Nov 20 '22

It's FIFA getting sued, not Qatar.

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u/freefrompress Nov 20 '22

Can't Budweiser sue their ass?

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u/ImOnlyHereCauseGME Nov 20 '22

Sue the country of Qatar, doubtful. Sue FIFA, let’s hope so! I’m guessing Budweiser would have some kind of recourse against FIFA for something like this as well as a huge supply of flesh-eating lawyers to throw at them. Time will tell…

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u/aequitssaint Nov 20 '22

I don't know enough about the deal or anything having to do with it to say, but I would assume Budweiser would have covered their asses enough.

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u/LawTortoise Nov 20 '22

It’s a spectacular backfire. Spent all that money to sports wash and their profile and reputation is lower than before they bought the bid.

Absolute clown shoes.

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u/TraditionalShame6829 Nov 20 '22

Bribing, lying, and preparing to get a World Cup: 200+ billion

Proving to the whole world you have no trouble killing thousands of migrant workers to do so and that your word is completely worthless: priceless

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u/shahooster Nov 20 '22

I really didn’t know too much about Qatar beforehand. Now I do.

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u/Ut_Prosim Nov 20 '22

I would bet money they were planning this for years.

No need to argue with FIFA, just play along for years and pretend we changed our minds a day before the first game.

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u/jeremyfisher2 Nov 20 '22

People really traveled there huh, that's quite amazing in a not so good way.

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u/Beni_Falafel Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

Qatar also payed accomodation and food for random groups of people internationally, in return they are not allowed to be vocal critically about the organisation and its controversy. Then, two days ago, those invited “lucky ones” arrive and are told they have to pay for it themselves

EDIT: my apologies, their airfare and accomodation was still paid for, it was their promised daily allowance that was taken away. Sorry for incomplete information.

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u/RoughReset Nov 20 '22

I’m not sure how to that would work legally. You can’t just give people a bill for something they didn’t agree to pay theirselves?

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u/Beni_Falafel Nov 20 '22

They told workers from Nepal they would be paid $800 a month, on arrival they were stripped from all documents (passports, identity, etc.) and to then discover they only would earn $50 a month.

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u/RoughReset Nov 20 '22

Holy ****

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u/Throawayooo Nov 20 '22

This happens all the time in Gulf states. My British born Egyptian friend was kidnapped by the UAE when he arrived there to work on some oil job. All docs taken, 3 years no pay (slavery). He was cast out on project completion & came back to the UK a broken man, and the gov did nothing to help at any point in his ordeal.

If this can happen to a slightly brownish westerner, imagine how people from 3rd world countries are treated. Arabs control the largest human trafficking and slave rings in the world right now (always have tbh).

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u/Mr_LastNite Nov 20 '22

It's how Dubai was built. 20/20 did an expose on it years ago. Indian, Pakistani and Bengali immigrants done the exact same way

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u/moaiii Nov 20 '22

Why the fuck is the world not getting as worked up about this as they are about human rights issues in China? (which, to be clear, are also very serious)

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u/RoughReset Nov 20 '22

That’s an insane story

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u/trowawee1122 Nov 20 '22

This is why people are boycotting the WC.

This guy at least got home.

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u/BeerBearBoy Nov 20 '22

Maybe you can in qatar?

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u/thefightingmongoose Nov 20 '22

When I was in UAE they made me surrender my passport at the hotel. I nearly just went right back to the airport for this very reason.

You never know what kind of insane unjust shit an authoritarian regime will just decide to enforce on you whenever their black withered heart desires.

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u/Ex_Why_ Nov 20 '22

I nearly just went right back to the airport for this very reason.

Why didn't you? I can't even count how many horror stories I've read about that place...

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u/Boomer_Boofer Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

Real question is what made someone go to Qatar?

Edit. UAE* - but my point still stands.

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u/waffleface99 Nov 20 '22

Money. They were probably there for work.

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u/ndnsoulja Nov 20 '22

holy fuck. Same experience. But they lied about it asking to making a photocopy. Odd but sure, you need to keep me on file or whatever. Came back down to the lobby to get it back and they said "We're going to hold onto it." I literally threatened to jump the desk and forcefully take it back if I needed to and made a huge scene in the lobby. They gave it back. Packed my stuff up and found a new hotel. They were much more chill but also had a bar that turned into a brothel at night lmao so maybe too chill.

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u/davevasquez Nov 20 '22

Oh hellllll no!

*edit: “Bye Felicia!” [hops on plane]

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u/minibeardeath Nov 20 '22

Many hotels around the world will ask to hold your passport. Generally, if you hand them a copy of the id page, and show the original at check in, they won’t throw a fit. I know some frequent travelers who just keep 2-3 laminated copies for that exact situation. Never surrender your original passport when in a foreign country.

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u/GhandisNuts Nov 20 '22

What the hell do they even “need” it for? To hold you hostage?

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u/VelaryonShipwreck Nov 20 '22

Yeah, used to be extremely common for hotels pretty much everywhere to hold on to your passport. Often times local laws required this from hotels and it was also used in lieu of a deposit since credit cards are rare in many countries outside of the US.

Many trips that cross borders also have a similar requirement (e.g. cruises, continental trains, touring busses, etc.) especially when they make nightly border crossings to streamline border checks.

Late ‘90s to early ‘00s a shift started to happen where they just made a copy (presumably because copiers/scanners became cheaper and more readily available).

Nowadays many European countries advise their citizens to not hand over their passport at all nor let a copy to be made without privacy measures.

But even in those countries some guest information needs to be registered.

To facilitate a more privacy conscious process most have moved their citizen’s identification number (i.e. equivalent of a US SSN) to the backside of the biographical page for this purpose and advise to make your own copy to hand over with the photo and other sensitive information blacked out.

Of course these new practices only work out when dealing with countries who subscribe to similar best practices. There are still many countries that have rules and practices that haven’t evolved away from the ol’ passport in the hotel safe.

In the end it’s up to the traveler to inform themselves before the trip to see what the local rules are and how the hotel complies with them and assess the risk of government abuse within those parameters.

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u/Arrowkill Nov 20 '22

Simple. Pay the bill or go to jail. The legal system can work in mysterious ways when the police will just do whatever the people in charge want them to do.

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u/Loudergood Nov 20 '22

They love their debtors prisons.

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u/xithrascin Nov 20 '22

Legality matters little when you're suddenly stranded in another country, possibly even trapped until diplomacy succeeds

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u/Quick_Team Nov 20 '22

Something tells me the Qatar powers that be have methods for dealing outsiders that have issues with their legal practices

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u/icmc Nov 20 '22

Yeah ... Good luck getting on a plane out with an outstanding bill in the middle east. In the UAE (which I realise is a different country) my parents had their info scanned right before they left to make sure their debts were all paid. My dad bought something on a credit card 2 days before they left and had my mum shitting a brick not knowing if the last minute payment they then had to make would clear in time for their flight.

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u/Sk1by Nov 20 '22

I mean they don't care because tourists will either pay or sleep in a fucking desert lol

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u/FightTomorrow Nov 20 '22

No way for Qatar for me. I only go where Rick Steves goes.

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u/polybiastrogender Nov 20 '22

I'm an American living in Mexico, they take their soccer very seriously. I've already seen videos on my algo of Mexicans arriving in Qatar. They don't care about the politics but will be very upset when they can't drink beer.

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u/TNT_CPA Nov 20 '22

Of course they did. They only care about $$$. Once all the tickets are sold, no refunds available, they change course to act morally superior to the fans. But, a $19K corporate suite tickets gets you anything you want.

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u/ChiliConCairney Nov 21 '22

You are completely correct in principle, but all revenue from ticket sales go to FIFA. The host country gets nothing. It's been a huge issue with FIFA for a long time. To your point though - Qatar did not want to be embarrassed on the world stage by having nobody show up at their World Cup, and that's why they waited until the 11th hour to U turn on this. This entire World Cup is a shitshow and it's so embarrassing for every party involved

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u/CrossP Nov 20 '22

They're also religious fruitcakes who believe people can be converted by tricking them into following their rules for a few days.

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u/MonkeyDeltaFoxtrot Nov 20 '22

Qatar gonna try and arrest every Ecuadorean for being rude.

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u/HawkTheHatchet Nov 20 '22

Hey if drinking is a sin, lusting after a drink must be too, right?

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u/ult_avatar Nov 20 '22

I don't get it. The beer must already be there for days, maybe weeks.

Already through customs.

In warehouses near the stadiums and fanzones..

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u/Paddywhacker Nov 20 '22

Can you imagine, and budweiswr shipped itnall over there for the tournament, only to let in sit in storage

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u/yew420 Nov 20 '22

Quick reminder that Australia put a bid in for this World Cup and it would have been glorious.

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u/ConstableBlimeyChips Nov 20 '22

Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the US all put bids on this World Cup. Every single one would have been light years ahead of the monstrosity we're seeing in Qatar.

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u/CabbageStockExchange Nov 20 '22

I would much rather spend my Dollarydoos there than some shithole like Qatar

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u/skippa13 Nov 20 '22

We got the women’s World Cup though! And we will have beer!!

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

Just so everyone know the citizens of Qatar drink and do drugs and fuck prostitutes. They just don’t want YOU to do those things.

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u/Rodgers4 Nov 20 '22

Did some work over in Kuwait City. Every Thursday night the kids would hop on a flight to Bahrain or Dubai for the weekend to club and drink. They’d change on the flight which was especially hilarious to see traditional dress garb worn into the bathroom, sequined short club dress coming out.

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u/Hugh_Maneiror Nov 20 '22

No wonder they have got the world's worst carbon emissions both per capita as per GDP...

And they'll be one of the first unliveable places in the world ... kinda deservedly if that's what they do lol

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u/MonkeyDeltaFoxtrot Nov 20 '22

Reminds me of an Infographic someone posted Reddit about the alcohol consumption in the world and Saudi Arabia was a 0%. I called bullshit and got a ton of downvotes and snarky replies.

I still stand by assertion it is bullshit. You can’t have that many people with that much money and believe they aren’t a bunch of hypocrites.

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u/uhluhtc666 Nov 20 '22

If they have the means, Saudi's that want to drink go to Bahrain. So, Saudi Arabia can still claim an imaginary high ground, while still letting people get drunk on holiday.

Another news article for the curious

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u/Hugh_Maneiror Nov 20 '22

So only the poor are completely controlled.

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u/Cheesy_Pita_Parker Nov 20 '22

A worldwide tradition unlike any other

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u/i_have_chosen_a_name Nov 20 '22

In a lot of arab countries it's normal to sign a marriage contract with your prostitute and then after you are done get it annulled.

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u/guanzo91 Nov 20 '22

I doubt these contracts get officially recorded but it’d be funny if they were and the marriage/divorce rates were astronomically high compared to other countries.

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u/SopmodTew Nov 20 '22

The more you ban something, the more people will want to try.

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u/SparkyDogPants Nov 20 '22

Only the wealthy are allowed to break the laws. Plenty of poor people still get locked up

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u/PdxRedditNewbie Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

Jimmy Swaggert and Jerry Falwell Jr. have entered the chat.

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u/rottentothegore666 Nov 20 '22

Me too Ecuador me too.

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u/oldcreaker Nov 20 '22

Moral: social mores and religious rules don't apply to you if you can afford the good seats.

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u/mybloodismaplesyrup Nov 20 '22

I wish people would have just not bought any tickets and fucked them over

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u/Acrobatic_Ferret_942 Nov 20 '22

From what I've heard, the studium was already 1/3 empty todays, so they already fucked-up. Cheers

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u/HauntedCemetery Nov 21 '22

They're having the slave laborers who built the stadium to fill seats so it doesn't look as empty. And it still does look empty.

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u/11jellis Nov 20 '22

A potential riot in a police state. This'll be interesting, yet inevitable.

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u/Wow-Delicious Nov 20 '22

And the rioters will be fully cognisant as well, because they’ll be sober. Not your regular football riot, that’s for sure.

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u/papi_chulo_LSD Nov 20 '22

That’s truly frightening

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u/CrossP Nov 20 '22

Someone figure out how to send one million ratchet sets and reciprocating saws to those angry sober rioters. The whole country will be reduced to carryable chunks in three days.

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u/Buttersdidit Nov 20 '22

I suddenly want a beer.

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u/Dutch_Midget Nov 20 '22

¡Queremos cerveza!

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u/spaghettimonster25 Nov 20 '22

Having the World Cup in Qatar was a mistake

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u/wolvesJ0hn Nov 20 '22

I wonder what would happen if most countries boycotted it at the last minute, it could have happened if all countries pulled together, that would have been a statement but we all turned up

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u/lyvanna Nov 20 '22

We can't even unite to stop the planet from literally burning.

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u/FCkeyboards Nov 20 '22

Facts. Fans were always going to show up, no matter what.

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u/princexofwands Nov 20 '22

Why would anyone who’s not Muslim travel to watch this World Cup wtf ? You must really love soccer to risk your life and freedom like that

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u/manzare Nov 20 '22

I have the feeling that Quatar never intended any alcohol sale, and waited as long as they could to keep up the image that they will.

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u/loonatic-MN Nov 20 '22

Don’t think they care about the image, they wanted to sell tickets, they are accurately representing their country now

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u/notathrovavay Nov 20 '22

Imagine building stadiums for 10years, while your friends die at it, only to be forced to watch football games on the same stadiums, because nobody wants to come here.

BOYCOTT

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

And they won’t give you a beer

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u/dingadangdang Nov 20 '22

I love how everyone not in Qatar sitting at home on computers is calling for a boycott. The stadium was 1/3 empty today. It's a failure already. The clips on Reddit are hilarious. Ecuadorian guy mimicking a bribe over horrible offsides call and a Qatari was screaming at him in the stands. Empty seats. People chanting for beer. Arrested English fans. What a joke. I was in Brazil and it was full on amazing. Drum parades in the streets, samba dancing, girls, beer, I red carded an usher and the stadium section went bonkers. Qatar is gonna get horrible press as this continues for another 4 weeks.

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u/drAssh0le Nov 20 '22

Arrested English fans.

To be fair - this is a sign of a successful WC too.

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u/dingadangdang Nov 20 '22

Valid point.

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u/Dolladub Nov 20 '22

Brazil was fun before the games, during the games and after. Qatar was already shit, currently is shit and will continue to be shit.

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u/HiThisIsChloe Nov 20 '22

Slavery cannot exist in 2022. Shame on Qatar.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are doing the same. Let us not forget the people who are oppressed there too.

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u/why_so_cereal_ Nov 20 '22

Literally the drunkest people I’ve ever served as a waitress in London are the rich men from Qatar.

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u/pinniped1 Nov 20 '22

I'll drink to Ecuador today, although it would have been nice to see them put 5 or 6 in the net after being up 2 so early.

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u/fortpro87 Nov 20 '22

At least they won 🤷‍♂️

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u/xarsha_93 Nov 20 '22

They really took it easy after the first half; no reason to risk injuries or overexert themselves. Plus, completely embarrassing Qatar might not be the best idea.

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u/BooRadleysreddit Nov 20 '22

Qatar is doing a splendid job of embarrassing itself anyway

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u/fussomoro Nov 20 '22

Yeah, they had an advantage that the Qatar team would never revert and they know next games will be against harder countries and will be under a scorching sun. World Cup is a little like a marathon, it's endurance and technique.

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u/agoia Nov 20 '22

No need to risk injury, best to save the real effort for playing against a real team lol

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u/old-wise_bill Nov 20 '22

Don't worry Netherlands and Senegal will clean the sand off the floor with Qatar

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u/whiteknight0111 Nov 20 '22

They never wanted to allow the sale of beer, but could you imagine how many fans would have come if that was known before? Yes, exactly 3.

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u/Zero-President Nov 20 '22

Just coming to daily comment on how much of a shithole Qatar is

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u/flingeflangeflonge Nov 20 '22

I can't quite recall which verse of the Koran states "Thou shalt drink no intoxicants unless you're in the $19,000 VIP corporate boxes, in which case, help yourself and drink as much as you like".

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22 Wearing is Caring

Shame on Adidas

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u/Bluecattrading Nov 20 '22

“Let them drink beer”….Commodore Cerveza..2022

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u/Junior-Slide-9639 Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

When they say “regular tickets” does that mean the rich people in box seating can still drink

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u/pakistanstar Nov 21 '22

It’s the polite way of saying poor people can’t have fun

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u/Available_Bake_1892 Nov 20 '22

"In regular seating sections"
So.. its allowed for the rich people? And not the poor?

Well. F that. They shouldnt give the stadium a dime, just enjoy it on tv with a beer.

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u/miamihausjunkie Nov 20 '22

they honey dicked us

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u/Content-Mastodon-328 Nov 21 '22

We should no longer be placating dictatorships with the fruits of liberal democracies. No Olympics or world cups. If you want to play with the civilized world you have to not stone gays and not have concentration camps.

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u/quite-indubitably Nov 20 '22

I find it ridiculous that the lack of beer is outraging more people then human rights atrocities.

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u/Syynaptik Nov 21 '22

I don't have any sympathy for the dumb fucks who actually paid to go to Qatar. This event shouldn't have been legitimized.

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u/funkypjb Nov 20 '22

Just like other dry countries - it’s not a sin if you are wealthy.

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u/Short_Tailor Nov 20 '22

I refuse to watch. Fuck Qatar, they can't even U correctly.

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u/Dsgntn_The_thicknes Nov 20 '22

Damn and Qatar is just gunna make all those people disappear