Remember the time a teenager noticed a couple fighting at a bus stop so he pretended to befriend the man to keep an eye on them?
While the women in these stories were able to get their message across eventually, they both could have benefited from having a secret code to communicate their distress sooner. In order to provide this code for their patrons, a bar in St. Petersburg, Florida called the Iberian Rooster came up with a drink called “angel shots.”
The idea is simple. If– for whatever reason– you need help escaping your date, just order an angel shot and the bartender will come to your aid.
In a time when more and more people are meeting online and through dating apps, angel shots are a great way to provide security. Because– while apps like Tinder and Bumble can definitely be a good thing– they can also lead to unsafe situations if your blind date turns out to be someone other than who he says he is.
But this idea isn’t just in the United States.
A photograph of a poster in the women’s restroom at a bar in England recently went viral on social media with a similar idea. The poster– created by a rape crisis support service– suggests women feeling uncomfortable “ask for Angela” in order to discreetly get help.