A bar in Exeter, Devon, has put up a sign to tell customers that their female bartender isn’t “uncontrollably sexually attracted” to them, she’s just doing her job.
This is definitely our favourite sign in the bar. Also if dudes could stop trying to kiss our female bartender's hands that would be great. pic.twitter.com/C1Lf8KNe1Q
— Beer Cellar Exeter (@BeerCellarExe) May 25, 2017
“We basically just printed it out after we had a very sex-pest heavy weekend about three months ago,” says Lauren Dew, a bartender at the Beer Cellar.
Dew says the sign was a funny way for them to point out to the bar’s male clientele that they shouldn’t sexually harass female staff.
She says the response to the sign has been 99 percent positive: “People really laugh, people support it. One percent think it’s a bit offensive, which is funny to me because those are the people it’s aimed at.”
Illustrator Charlotte Mullin created the sign and says the inspiration came from working in retail for almost six years. “You’re obviously pressured to give A+ customer service, and loads of people would interpret common hospitality as a romantic interest.”
“I wanted to make it clear that female staff is nice to you because they have to be!” added Mullin. “And, of course, most of us are decent human beings and would be nice to you anyway, but in no way does this mean we’re dying for your dick.”