On Saturday, Dubai Economy announced its decision to ban serving coffee and other beverages in baby bottles as it presents a risk of spreading the coronavirus. Officials also said the ban was enforced to ‘preserve local customs.’
The Dubai Economy issued a press release that said the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in the department directed coffee shops to stop serving drinks in baby feeding bottles
The release stated the directive was issued after it was found that visitors bring baby bottles to cafes and fill them up with coffee and other beverages.
“Inspections teams from Dubai Economy promptly summoned the cafes on being alerted on the negative practice and its risks by social media users,” it said.
“Such indiscriminate use of baby bottles is not only against local culture and traditions but the mishandling of the bottle during the filling could also contribute to the spread of Covid-19,” said the department.
Soon after, UAE residents took the opportunity to tear apart the trend on social media. While many shared bemused comments criticizing the trend, a majority of the comments revolved around hilarious posts and memes about coffee guzzling babies demanding days off work on Mondays.
Here are some of the best tweets:
@aminahalkh: “I believe people who are into the coffee baby bottle trend are people who have reached rock bottom” @margotandhercat said, “Serve iced coffee in a baby bottle as part of your regression therapy.” @thegreatzubari: “It's just too absurd to think that right now there are grown men and women drinking coffee from a baby bottle.”
@shroomprotector wrote: “Why is coffee or hot chocolate in a baby bottle becoming a trend here. Are that out of ideas?” @abesuxx wrote, “If I see one person drinking their coffee out of a baby bottle in public, it’s on sight. I use weapons.”
@eternal98b said, “I honestly don't get the appeal of the whole drinking juice/coffee in a baby bottle. Oh well, at least I'll get a kick out of watching people doing it.”
Dubai Economy called on the public to report any negative practices they come across through the Dubai Consumer App available on Apple, Google and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555, or via the Consumerrights.ae website.
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