A Drink Order of the Life-Saving Kind
Posted On Feb 08, 2017
Shortly after you had already convinced yourself that fate would leave you a lonely spinster for all of eternity, you stumbled across a dating profile that actually catches your eye. You think to yourself, “This is it, I think I found the one…” On your first date, you suddenly realize that the man who you heart-heartedly believed would carry you over the threshold into your future, turns from dashing to dangerous. What then? Do you run? What do you do? Order an angel shot.
Dating in the 21St Century
Although today’s dating scene is all about exploring, connecting, and swiping right in a romantically efficient attempt to algorithmically match you with the love of your life, meeting your Prince Charming doesn’t always involve love at first sight. Since dating rituals more often than not now involve meeting in person for the first time after having seen nothing more than a cleverly posed and sometimes enhanced photo, the first physical interaction can lead down many different paths. Between date rape drugs, dating violence, and even fake profiles, dating is now a far cry from what it once was in the days of being set up with your mother’s friend’s single son.
Ask for “Angela”
In response to steady increases in domestic violence and sexual assault, The Lincolnshire Rape Crisis, a support service for women and girls in East England, created a powerful campaign with the purpose of helping women escape unsafe dating situations. #NOMORE posters were placed in restaurant and bar bathroom stalls to instruct women to ask a bartender or waiter for “Angela” if they needed help getting away from their date. Pretty soon the idea behind this campaign spread to our own backyard in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Rise of Angel Shots
Inspired by what he saw trending on social media, Russell Andrade, owner of the downtown St. Petersburg eatery Iberian Rooster, decided to implement this potentially life-saving practice at his own place of business.
Any woman in need of an exit plan can order an angel shot and that will alert staff of their distress. The kind of angel shot ordered describes the severity of the situation. If the woman orders an angel shot neat, the staff member will help escort the lady to her car. An angel shot with ice signals the need for an uber or cab and an angel shot with a lime signals the need for police involvement. “The goal for this place was to be a safe place where people can go on a romantic date. We don’t want someone else to ruin a good time,” Andrade told The Tampa Bay Times.
Restaurants across the country and as far as a Hooters in South Africa are jumping on board with this trend in public safety. As the initiative’s popularity grows, there are alternative codes and other phrases being used as well to stay ahead of a possibly well-informed assailant.
Dating Crimes on the Rise
According to DoSomething.org, it is estimated that 85% of domestic/dating violence victims are women. Of these women, those between the ages of 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence while ¼ of women worldwide will experience domestic/dating violence in their lifetime. Sift Science found that 10% of all new dating profiles created were fake and of those, male profiles are 21% more likely to be fake than female profiles. With such statistics plaguing what is meant to be a fun way to meet your mate, dating is quickly evolving into a risky business.
Not only will angel shots help bail you out of that-picture-is-from-my-college-years and well-I’m-not-really-a-doctor dates, but with a rise in crimes, it can keep you out of harm’s way. In 2014, crimes of rape and assault on women who met their attacker on a dating app rose by more than 400% since 2009 accordingly to Britain’s National Crime Agency. With attackers preying on hopeful singles, an angel shot can be just what’s on the menu for a dater in need.