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A bartender has been praised by the online community for a simple move that ensured the safety of a female customer.
Laura Motta took to Twitter yesterday (29 April) to share how the quick-thinking staff member managed to pass on a secret message to protect her from a man sat at the bar.
She wrote: “Was at a bar alone yesterday when the bartender said, ‘Hey, check out this text from my sister!’
“He showed me his phone and it said, ‘Do not, under any circumstances, get into a conversation with the guy sitting on your right.’
“Men, if you are in a position to do this, DO THIS.”
Was at a bar alone yesterday when the bartender said, “Hey, check out this text from my sister!” He showed me his phone and it said, “Do not, under any circumstances, get into a conversation with the guy sitting on your right.” Men, if you are in a position to do this, DO THIS.— Laura Motta (@guttersniper) April 29, 2022
Laura’s post has since gone viral, receiving over 71.7k retweets and 661.5k likes at the time of writing.
Dozens of people have flocked to the comments section to praise the bartender for putting her safety first in a discreet way while sharing similar anecdotes of their own.
“I love this,” said one woman. “I was once at a country bar dancing with a guy and decided I was done after he said something.
“He grabbed my arm as I tried to walk away. Bouncers grabbed him immediately and threw him out.
“So thankful for men that watch out for all women.”
A man replied by sharing his own trick for making sure women were safe in the bar he worked at, stating: “I used to work as a door guy.
“If a woman was leaving with a guy and she’s well beyond her limit and can’t stay awake, I’d stop them and tell the guy to call her phone.
“If he doesn’t know her number or his number isn’t inputted in her phone, she wasn’t leaving with him.”
Another commented: “As a father of a girl, I would be, in the debt of and extremely grateful to, any human who went out of their way to care for her (or any human in need) when they needed help against a predator.
“These traumas are life changing and this small act of caring is incredibly beautiful.”
I saw this “drink menu“ in the ladies room of a bar/restaurant in Lake Placid. Depending upon what drink you ordered that was a signal to the bartender of what kind of help you needed. I have blacked out the names of the drinks for obvious reasons. I wish all bars did this pic.twitter.com/dRURs9q4dq— Michelle Manning 🍎 💻 (@ManningTechTalk) April 29, 2022
Adding to this, a fourth said: “I was at a bar alone and got up to go to the bathroom.
“When I came back, the bartender had pulled my drink back towards him and placed a coaster over the top.
“He got a great tip.”
There are hundreds more comments like this on Laura’s post, demonstrating all of the ways people participate in curbing predatory and suspicious offenders at bars and pubs.