Diplomatic tensions between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf are starting to affect Qatari citizens. A video has appeared online showing a Qatari man at a gas station trying to pay with Qatari banknotes, as he is used to doing, but the personnel refusing to take his money.
The video, below, was posted on YouTube on March 16. It shows a discussion between a Qatari driver and a gas station employee in the Al-Ahsa region, in southeastern Saudi Arabia, according to local media. As he is about to pay, the driver hands a 50 Qatari riyal note to the attendant. “I don’t take Qatari money anymore,” the attendant says. When the driver asks why, he explains the station has not accepted Qatari money for four days following an order by the manager.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have strained relationships with Qatar, which they accuse of backing the Muslim Brotherhood movement, particularly in Egypt. On March 6, the three countries decided together to sanction the kingdom by recalling their ambassadors. “The problem is that now the people are paying the price,” the driver moans while taking back the money.
Driver: “Here you are.”
Service station attendant: “I don’t take Qatari money.”
Driver: “You don’t take Qatari money? Why not?”
Attendant: “It’s finished. It’s finished.”
Driver: “Since when?”
Attendant: “For four days now.”
Driver: “Four days? Because of this problem, right?”
Attendant: “Are you recording this?”
Driver: “But what’s the problem?”
Attendant: “The problem is that the director told us to take nothing.”
Driver: “No Qatari money?”
Attendant: “No Qatari money.”
Driver: “The problem is that now the people are paying the price!”