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In Qatar, a sign outside a modest restaurant, popular with migrant labourers reads: “If you are hungry and have no money, eat for free!!!”

About three weeks ago the Indian brothers who own a restaurant called Zaiqa decided to put up a small makeshift sign offering free food to customers who cannot afford to pay.

“When I saw the board I had tears in my eyes,” said one of the owners, Shadab Khan, 47, originally from New Delhi, who has lived in Qatar for 13 years.

“Even now when I talk about it, I get a lump in my throat.”

He said the idea came from his younger brother, Nishab.

“People need free food”

The need for free food in Qatar is particularly acute among labourers and those working in heavy industry.

It is estimated that there are anywhere between 700,000 and one million migrant workers in the tiny Gulf kingdom, out of a total population of 2.3 million.

Rights groups have criticised companies in Qatar for not paying workers on time or, in some cases, not at all.

The Qatari government vowed earlier this year to force companies to pay wages through direct bank transfers.

Even those who do get paid will be intent on sending most of their money back home, said one of Zaiqa’s diners, Nepalese mechanic Ghufran Ahmed.

“Many labourers earn 800-1,000 riyals (US$220-US$275) per month. They have to send money back to home. It’s expensive here so there are people who need free food,” he said.

Shadab, said those asking for food are mostly construction workers from countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

“We realise a lot of people out here do not get paid on time and do not have money, not even money to eat,” he said.

“So there were people who would come here and just buy a packet of bread. And they would eat the bread with water.

"So, we realised those people don’t have money for anything else. They just buy a packet of bread, which comes to about one riyal. So, we would try to offer them food.”

But it is not easy, added Shadab.

“Self-respect”, he said, means many refuse to take something for nothing.

As a result, in the three weeks since the free food experiment started, “the number of people coming here to get free food is like two or three people a day at the most”.

For Zaiqa too, there is a black cloud on the horizon.

The restaurant’s future is threatened by a dispute over rent with the property owner and may have to close down.

Shadab and his brother have a different plan for their next restaurant.

“We are putting a refrigerator outside, so this refrigerator won’t have a lock. It will be facing the road and it will have packets of food with dates on them,” he said.

“So anybody who wants to take it, he doesn’t have to come inside.”

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JULY 19th IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY!

Naturally, several ice cream places are gonna be celebrating with RAD DEALS & FREE ICE CREAM. Reblog to save a life.

Carvel:
The deal: Buy one get one free soft serve ice cream cones. Any size, any soft serve flavor.
When: July 19th.

Cold Stone Creamery:
The deal: Members of the My Cold Stone Club (free rewards club) can get a free ice cream “creation” with the purchase of one. The deal also applies to Cold Stone’s shakes, smoothies, and its new frappés.
When: July 19th.

Friendly’s:
The deal: To celebrate both its 80th birthday (July 18th) and National Ice Cream Day, participating Friendly’s locations will give you a free scoop of ice cream in a cup or a cone, when you buy one for $1.99.
When: Starting at 11am July 18th through July 19th.


Dippin’ Dots
The deal: Participating Dippin’ Dots franchise locations (at malls and shopping centers) will be handing out free samples of its newest flavor, Redberry Sherbet, which is made with Sour Patch Kids.
When: July 19th.

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: Free upgrade to a waffle cone on double scoop ice cream cones.
When: All of July

Another deal: As it continues to celebrate its 70th birthday and the end of National Ice Cream Month, Baskin-Robbins is taking 31% off of all ice cream sundaes at participating stores.
When: July 31st.

PetSmart: National Ice Cream Day is for your dog, too. Between Noon and 4pm, PetSmart will be giving out free samples of dog-safe ice cream at participating PetsHotel locations. There are numerous locations throughout Michigan.

Source: Tony Merevick (Yahoo Food)

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April 11th is Bring Your Own Cup Day at 7-Eleven! You can fill up your own cup of Slurpees for ONLY $1.49. This is valid from 11am - 7pm local time. Here are the guidelines for qualifying cups:

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