A Northern Ireland bar is introducing a secret procedure to help women who need an escape route from a bad date.
The Five Points bar in Belfast city centre has set up #AnitaAssistance to provide women with a method to alert staff that they need to get away safely.
Management at the popular whiskey and alehouse will put posters up in the ladies bathrooms with a friendly message.
“Are you on a date that isn’t going well? Is your Tinder date not who they said they were? Or is it all getting a bit too weird?” – the poster says.
A secret phrase will be on the poster for women to say to bartenders, who will then arrange transport for them and have security bring them safely to a taxi.
Manager Michael Borland told Belfast Live that bartenders are usually reluctant to intervene on dates that don’t look right because they are worried they have the wrong perception of events.
“99 times out of 100 it may be innocent but it’s just that one time that matters which we can help prevent from happening,” he said.
These types of posters have been popping up in bars across the UK and US. Women are instructed to ask for a specific drink which is code for ‘get me out of here’. First dates, Tinder meet-ups and women being hassled in bars have led to the rise in popularity of safety procedures.
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