A Liverpool doorman who has been asked "Is Angela in tonight?" on multiple occasions has explained how he helps women in need.
The code phrase is part of the 'Ask Angela' campaign aimed at helping people who feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened in bars, clubs and other night time venues.
We have relaunched the 'Ask for Angela' initiative.
If you are feeling unsafe on a night-out then you can approach venue staff and ask them for 'Angela'.
This code-phrase will indicate that you need support and a trained member of staff will come and help you. pic.twitter.com/GtnsLzZKvn
- Met Contact Centre (@MetCC) November 26, 2021
Anyone who feels uncomfortable on a night out can approach staff and use the code word 'Angela' to discreetly indicate that they are in need of assistance and require help or support.
This can take the form of calling them a taxi, helping them reunite with a friend or notifying security and/or the police if the situation warrants it.
Adam Potter, 49, has been working as a doorman in venues around Liverpool City Centre for around five months, and has said that he is approached by women almost every night at work who ask him to keep an eye on men who are making them feel uncomfortable on the dancefloor.
He also claims that he has been asked "if Angela is in tonight" by women on several occasions and has stepped in to help them out.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Adam said that: "They basically say 'can you keep an eye on this guy he's making me feel uncomfortable?'
"I probably get that at least once a night, possibly three or four times a night - that's just girls who come up to me.
"They might say 'he's tapped me on the bottom', in which case he gets thrown out. Any inappropriate touching and they get thrown out immediately."
Adam has since become an outspoken advocate of the Ask Angela campaign, and has urged bar workers to familiarise themselves with the initiative in order to ensure that people feel safe on nights out.
"What happens is, if a girl comes up to you and says 'Is Angela in tonight?' you know exactly what she means." Adam explained
"What you then do is say 'yes 'she's in tonight just come with me.' You take her behind the bar into the staff area and phone for a taxi."
Police may have to be called if the situation seems serious enough to warrant it, but the priority is always on ensuring the women's immediate safety.
Adam said: "I went into this job basically just to help people and I do my very best but when I hear about girls constantly being harassed and not being as safe as they used to be going out it makes me feel upset."
You can learn more about the Ask for Angela initiative here.
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