In our dizzying days of dating apps and social media, one St. Petersburg, Florida bar wanted to give its female patrons a safe, smart and subtle way to get away from a bad date – or worse. Russell Andrade, owner of the downtown Portuguese fusion restaurant Iberian Rooster, came up with the Angel Shot to do just that, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A sign in the women’s restroom reads, “Is your Tinder or Plenty of Fish date not who they said they were on their profile? Do you feel unsafe, or even just a tad bit weird?”
If so, the sign says, simply order up an Angel Shot at the bar – not a drink, but a code word that alerts the staff something just isn’t right.
When a guest orders an Angel Shot “neat,” a bartender will escort them to their car; if it’s ordered with ice, staff will call them a taxi or ride share; and if it’s ordered with lime, staff and servers know it’s time to call the police.
Andrade got the idea after a similar sign in an English bar went viral early in 2016.
The signs, created by the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis, a support service for east English women, urged patrons feeling unsafe to approach any staff member and ask for “Angela,” thus alerting them to a situation.
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The Brickyard in Hitchin, England, was lauded after it displayed a similar sign.
It wasn’t long before Brickyard started seeing the positive feedback pour in.
Back stateside, Andrade said he’s been surprised by the response – and hopes the notoriety doesn’t undercut its usefulness.
“I’m surprised to hear people are just talking about this. We didn’t put the sign up for any attention. That sort of goes against the point.”