Bad dates are one thing, but if you’re ever on a date and feel like you’re in danger, that’s a whole other ball game. Maybe you get a bad feeling, or the vibe is just off, and pretty soon you’re wondering how the heck you’re going to get home safely without this person following you, or wanting to take you home. Or worse.
Well, there’s a campaign that’s going around in the U.K. that NEEDS to be happening everywhere icky dates happen. The council for Lincolnshire County recently created the #NoMore sexual violence and abuse campaign. And what will hopefully make it go viral is its simple premise, that people who feel unsafe while out on a date merely ask for “Angela” at the bar.
“Angela” isn’t really a person. Asking for Angela is code for “This person is making me uncomfortable and I need to get out of this situation ASAP.” And the bartender will happily — and discreetly — help you get out of there.
i saw this in a toilet and thought it was important and should be a thing everywhere not just lincolnshire !!!! pic.twitter.com/oO45I7gaJL
— 🎃 (@iizzzzzi) October 18, 2016
The “Ask for Angela” campaign is a team effort, as the organization works with police to make pubs safer.
“We wanted to do this in a more organised way, and worked with Lincoln’s Pubwatch scheme to get the bars in the area to take part,” Hayley Child, substance misuse and sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council, told Mashable. “We’d seen that a few individual pubs had done similar messages saying that if people’s dates weren’t going well the bar staff would help and call them a cab.”
While it would be great if women could just say “No, thanks” and be on their way, the reality, sadly, can be much more dire. If the retweets and love on Twitter say anything, hopefully we’ll be seeing programs like this everywhere.