I used to enjoy checking out some Ramadan tents every once in a while. Last night, I went to one for the first time this year, and the whole experience was a mess. The tent itself had a thick cloud of smoke lingering in it, from all the shisha and cigarette smoking. It was too hot and humid to sit outside so we had to sit inside the tent, which wasn't very well ventilated either.
The service was crappy. The shishas sucked, and we had to wait 15 minutes for our bill to be settled. The staff was inexperienced and all over the place. It's kind of normal. These people are hired on a temporary basis during the month of Ramadan. I'm sure the experience would have been different had we gone to a shisha place that operates year-round.
But worst of all was when I saw a baby, no more than 6-7 months, in his father's arms. Next to him was the daughter, who couldn't have been more than 3 years old. It was 11PM. What on earth are these kids doing up so late to begin with? They should have been in bed hours ago. Secondly, I highly doubt that the smoky, unhealthy environment of a Ramadan tent is really the ideal place for these children to be. Even I felt bothered by the smoke, so it really makes you wonder what was happening to those children's lungs?
I am really apalled by parenting standards sometimes:
I hate seeing kids bouncing up and down in a car. The should be in car seats.
I hate seeing kids being spanked by their parents.
I hate seeing kids out at night past 9PM (heck, even 9PM is too late for a baby to be out!)
And I definitely hate seeing kids in smoky shisha tents.