For women who are having trouble on a date at one Florida bar, there’s a new distress signal: the Angel Shot.
The Iberian Rooster, a watering hole in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, placed a sign detailing the code in its women’s restroom the day the bar opened in November 2016. It’s meant to help women extricate themselves from awkward or unsafe dating situations.
The code has a few levels. If a woman orders an Angel Shot neat, the bartender will escort her to her vehicle; if she orders it with ice, the bar will call a ride-sharing service for her; if she orders it with lime, the bartender will call the police.
“We’ll handle things discreetly, and without a lot of fuss (we’ve been there, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands),” the sign reads.
“The goal for this place was to be a safe place where people can go on a romantic date,” owner Russell Andrade told the Tampa Bay Times. “We don’t want someone else to ruin a good time.”
Andrade said the restaurant’s staff takes the policy very seriously.
“I’m surprised to hear people are just talking about this,” he said. “We didn’t put the sign up for any attention. That sort of goes against the point.”
While many social media users have been praising the idea, others think that sharing it online it hurts the initiative.
“Just read the thread on #angelshot and thought, great idea! What a great way to stay safe and it was done discreetly! Until…it was posted,” one user tweeted.
“Right. I’m pretty sure guys read Twitter too. Posting fail safe policies like #angelshot pretty much ends the policy. #dumbass,” tweeted another.
“If everyone knows what an #angelshot is then what’s the point? You might as well just tell the bartender what’s up,” another wrote.
The idea for the Angel Shot policy came to Andrade and his staff after a similar initiative went viral on social media. Lincolnshire Rape Crisis, a support organization for women and girls in England, created a poster campaign that told women to ask for Angela at a bar or restaurant if they needed help on a date.
Sources: Little Things, Tampa Bay Times, Sean Friend/Twitter, Kari/Twitter, Alejandro Gonzalez/Twitter / Photo credit: linmtheu/Flickr