Women heading into the ladies room at Asheville Brewing Company in North Carolina will notice a new poster on the back door of the main bathroom. The sign is meant to reassure patrons who may be meeting someone for the first time on a blind date.
The sign applies to those on the Tinder dating app, reassuring those who may be in an uncomfortable or awkward situation that staff can assist them if they want to leave discreetly.
"We've got a couple of code words we've established with our staff, where customers can go to the bar, call the bar, let our staff know in a very discreet way that they're needing some assistance."
—Cat Prindle, Asheville Brewing's manager
"In this day and age, with so many people dating online and meeting people for the first time in public places, there's no telling how many things could happen," said Cat Prindle, Asheville Brewing's manager.
The sign explains if the man "doesn't look like his picture" or is just plain "weird," come to the bar and someone will get you out discreetly. One of the bar employees will even walk you out to your car.
Similar initiatives have been implemented at bars and restaurants in the U.K.
Posters started appearing in ladies rooms with the code phrase 'Ask for Angela'.
Asheville police officer Charlene Raines said the department appreciates what the restaurants are trying to do, but she said anyone who feels unsafe should call police as well. "If you feel that unsafe to where you feel you need to approach the people at the bar to get you out," said Raines. "It might be warranted you call the police, as well."
Raines said there are basic rules for anyone going to meet someone socially for the first time. She said always let a friend know where you are going and who you are meeting, and also carry a cell phone.