As Tinder dates continue to become a common staple of the bar scene, one drinking establishment has given the world a lesson in etiquette.
The Brickyard in St Albans in the UK put a sign up in the bathroom to reassure victims of terrible Tinder encounters that help is at hand:
“Tinder Date Gone Wrong? Doesn’t look like his picture, or just plain weird? If you’re on a date and it’s not going well, come to the bar and ask for Rachelle or Jennifer and we’ll get you out of it and/or get you a taxi. Your safety and happiness is our highest priority.”
Now, while I’m no statistician, something (mostly the internet) tells me that the success rate for the average Tinder date is fairly low. So it’s great practice to have a contingency plan for those who unknowingly swiped right on a total loser/creep.
The growth of internet dating means more and more females are heading out to meet strangers, with likely only a few text conversations coming beforehand.
And while safety is always of the utmost concern, figuring out how to cut short a painfully boring Tinder encounter is also a scenario familiar to many daters.
Do you sit it out and listen to the great big bore droning on about the screenplay he’s been writing while you slowly sip your beer and wonder if he’s EVER going to ask you any questions about yourself?
Of course not.
In the words of Sweet Brown – a woman who doubtless, never wasted a single minute on a date with a dud – “ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Brickyard is not the first to come up with a cunning idea to get us out of trouble when we find ourselves on a hopeless date. But if we haven’t downloaded an app that schedules a phone call during a disastrous date, or your friend who was supposed to be on emergency Tinder duty just isn’t picking up, it’s great to know that now there’s an alternative.
The sign continues:
“If anyone is bothering you or making you feel uncomfortable, please tell us. We will discreetly move them away, and if necessary ask them to leave. The Brickyard is safe and fun. We want you to enjoy your time here. Talk to us and we’ll sort it out :)”
Bravo Brickyards. We hope other bars start to take note of their exemplary policy.
Now how about an escape plan for men?