New trend started in London to protect women from unsafe situations during a date. The whole idea is saying a safe word to wait-staff, so they could react and help you flee a boring, awkward or potentially dangerous date.
Asking for “Angela” will inform a bartender about a problematic situation you are caught in. The movement is created by the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis, a support service for women in East England, and it is called #NO MORE: “Saying no more to sexual violence & abuse in Lincolnshire’’
The poster of the campaign was plastered in restaurants and bar toilets for women, and very quickly it went viral. It says that the code word is Angela and that it will work at any time, for all women’s and girls’ safety.
“Hi, I’m Angela,
Are you on a date that isn’t working out?
Is your Tinder or POF date not who they said they were on their profile?
Do you feel like you’re not in a safe situation?
Does it all feel a bit weird?
– If you go to the bar and ask for ANGELA the bar staff will know you need some help getting out of your situation and will call you a taxi or help you discretely – without too much fuss”
The idea spread, and soon another poster was spotted at the Brickyard, in Hitchin, England, and it was shared thousands of times on social media. The Brickyard’s poster says:
“Tinder Date Gone Wrong?
Doesn’t look like his picture, or just plain weird?
If you’re on a date and it’s not going well, come to the bar and ask for Rachelle or Jennifer, and we’ll get you out of it / or get you a taxi.
Your safety and happiness are our highest priority.”
In Brickyard, they seem ready to ask guests to leave if a woman feels uncomfortable – the safety really is the most important thing for them!
“If anyone is bothering you or making you feel uncomfortable please tell us. We will discretely move them away, and if necessary ask them to leave.
The Brickyard is safe and fun; we want you to enjoy your time here.
Talk to us and we’ll sort it out! “
Another case was spotted at Iberian Restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The discreet sign in the women’s bathroom informs women to order a drink called Angel Shot, explaining that they will – instead of a shot drink – going to get help. If a woman asks for a neat drink, a bartender will escort her to her car. An angel shot with ice means a woman needs them to call an Uber or a Taxi. And if she’s caught in a really bad and nasty situation, she should order an angel shot with lime, and a bartender will immediately call the police. Iberian Rooster, a Portuguese restaurant was opened in November, and the same day placed the framed sign in the toilet. “The goal for this place was to be a safe place where people can go on a romantic date,” said the owner of the restaurant, Russell Andrade. “We don’t want someone else to ruin a good a time.”