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British pub offers women help with Tinder dates 'gone wrong'

By Ben Hooper
British pub offers women help with Tinder dates 'gone wrong'
A sign posted in the bathroom at The Brickyard pub in St. Albans, England. Photo by The Brickyard/Facebook

ST. ALBANS, England, April 22 (UPI) -- A British pub is being applauded online for offering women an unconventional service -- escape from a bad Tinder date.

The Brickyard in St. Albans, England, attained viral fame around the world recently when word spread online about a sign in the women's bathroom offering help to customers whose dates planned using the Tinder app didn't go according to their expectations.

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The sign also offers help to any patrons who feel harassed by another customer.

The sign reads:

"Tinder date gone wrong?

Doesn't look like their 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.

If anyone is bothering you or making you uncomfortable please tell us. We will discreetly move them away, and if necessary ask them to leave."

Brickyard owner James Hanning said he wants all customers to feel comfortable in the bar.

"The idea came about as a natural progression from what we've been doing here and at our sister site, the Sunrunner, for years," Hanning told ABC News. "We have always trained the team to be additionally watchful of groups of women to ensure that anyone approaching them was welcome -- and we'd discretely ask someone in the group if they were happy and intervene when necessary."

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Hanning said conversations with customers led to the Tinder-based idea.

"The Tinder enhancement came about after a women asked a manager if the man she was with looked like the photo on her phone," Hanning said. "It was a light-hearted conversation, but we realized there was a potential for discomfort and thought that a discrete sign would help give dates the confidence to ask for help."

A post from the pub's Facebook account said a similar sign is being installed in the men's bathroom in response to feedback online.

"Yes, it transpires men (and indeed dates of all orientation) are all too often faced with a very similar dilemma/awkwardness and crying out for a 'get out of jail free card!'" the post reads.

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