The Iberian Rooster, in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida has seen its share of first dates go down — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Now the Portuguese-fusion restaurant has come up with a new way to help women safely and discreetly get out of the "ugly" situations. How? By telling them to order an "angel shot."
Restaurant management placed a framed poster in the women's bathroom telling female customers that if they're on a date in which the person isn't who they said they are, or in which they feel unsafe or uncomfortable, they can order an angel shot to enlist the bartender's help in getting them out of the situation.
Order an angel shot "neat," the sign says, and a bartender will escort you to your car. Order with ice, and the bartender will hail you an Uber; order it with lime, and the bartender will call the police.
"The goal for this place was to be a safe place where people can go on a romantic date," Iberian Rooster's owner, Russell Andrade, told the Tampa Bay Times. "We don't want someone else to ruin a good a time."
Andrade got his idea for the angel shot from the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis support, which created a series of posters that bartenders hung in bars around the UK encouraging people who felt unsafe with their companion to "ask for Angela" at the bar to get support.
One in 13 college students (79% of whom were female) reported having being drugged at some point with "roofies" or other substances without their knowledge or consent, according to a recent study from the journal Psychology of Violence. Code words — or even drinks — aren't a permanent fix toward violence against women, but it is a step. We'll cheers to that.
h/t Tampa Bay Times