In 2016, online dating is so commonplace that it’s all too easy to forget the potential dangers of meeting up with a stranger. But one restaurant in St Albans is helping to ease its customer’s concerns by showing them they’ve always got their back.

Staff at The Brickyard have created a sign instructing customers how to ask for help if their Tinder date takes a turn for the worse.

A photo of the sign, which assures visitors their safety is the “highest priority”, has been viewed more than 190,000 times since it was uploaded to Imgur on Monday.

The sign reads: “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 is our highest priority.”

The sign also states that the policy applies to all forms of harassment.

“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,” it says. “The Brickyard is safe and fun, we want you to enjoy your time here. Talk to us and we’ll sort it out.”

Staff at the restaurant have been overwhelmed by the positive response the sign has received.  “A sign that was designed purely for the safety of our female customers has caught the eyes of thousands (all genders!) and you have all touched our hearts with your support, so thank you for this,” a staff member said.

“In all honesty, we had no idea our sign would attract this level of attention but in light of the extent of the feedback received, we have plans in place already to launch a similar safety campaign for men.”

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