Aaron is Turkish and speaks bare English. However, his limitation does not prevent him from releasing a few words into the air to describe what he feels in addition to the heat exposed in the sweat on his forehead, also applied to his shirt: “I miss my family”.
This 42 year old man was born in Istanbul One of the attractions of the Souq Waqf market in QatarThe gastronomic and tourism sector par excellence in Doha. Amidst a pile of jerseys awaiting the start of the World Cup, the Ice Cream Man not only serves ice cream but also puts on a show that stops tourists.
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they are Cheat Comes into action when the customer’s hand is extended to receive the cone. Aaron promises that he will reach out with a spoon and serve the ice cream right there. And pour it into a bucket to collect a nice chunk of American cream.
Even then, Ice cream lasts a long time. A rapid movement of hands, shouting in their language and the noise of a few small bells which he strikes with the same long spoon he will later use to serve the mock-up.
Those are seconds that seem like minutes. An experience that ends with the customer smiling, their ice cream unchanged and A show for 20 Qatari riyals that the World Cup was a success in the country’s capital.
“I have four children in Turkey and I have come here to work for three months to make a good amount so that I can rest till next year”, expressed Aaron, helped by his boss Tamil Nadu behind his post.
The young man who employs him explains that the highest percentage of the profit goes to Aaron. His performance includes one of his ice creams, It costs around 1700 Argentine pesos. “I work from five in the afternoon until three in the morning and I serve around 300 ice creams a day. This is a lot? it’s normal for me“, revealed.
“I am also an ice cream maker in Turkey, I have my own business which I look after year roundMan added.
When asked about the estimated amount he will make during his stay in Qatar, Haroon chose not to divulge details about what he has earned so far and what he is about to receive. The medium asked him whether The amount will be between 15 and 17 thousand dollars. Aaron replied yes wiping his forehead in shame.
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People come to see it, it is an attraction. He gets great comments, he understands it’s a joke and he’s not laughing at them”, said the head of Aaron.
He completed for his part: “The money is for my family, to live better, to be calmer in my country. That’s why I come here and make this effort. There is no other explanation.”
Photos and video: Lele Heredia.