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Bartender explains the importance of an 'angel shot' and how it can save someone's life

Benji Spears uploaded a video on TikTok in which he enacted a short incident following which he explains the significance of an angel shot.

Bartender explains the importance of an 'angel shot' and how it can save someone's life
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 28, 2021. It has since been updated.

Going on first dates with strangers can be a nerve-racking experience. Especially if it's someone you met online or on a dating app. Not to mention the creepy men who sidle up with less-than-innocent intentions. There are many subtle codes and rules that women use to keep each other safe. Bartender Benji Spears is bringing attention to a practice that could potentially save someone's life. Taking to TikTok, Benji enacted a situation where a woman seemed to be in an unsafe situation with a man and how saying these simple words helped the bartender save her from the potentially dangerous situation.

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In the video, Benji reenacts a situation where he is working behind the bar and spots a woman on a date who looks uncomfortable. He calls out to his fellow bartender and tells him that by the couple's body language there could be trouble. So he goes over to check if everything is alright. He asks them if they would like some more water. The woman orders an angel shot with lime. Benji then stays with the woman and continues to make conversation with the couple while his colleague fetches some "lime." It then shows Benji asking the man to step away from the woman whom he escorts away.

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Turns out the woman had communicated something to the bartender when she asked for an angel shot with the lime. After the reenactment is over, Benji explains the significance of an angel shot. "Angel shots are becoming more common and more known throughout all bars and it's being brought to bartenders' attention," he then says in the video. "Ok so an angel shot is key, it can save you or your best friend's life and it's something we should all know about." There are three variations of the shot for different occasions.


The first one is the angel shot with lime. When you order this, you are indicating to the bartender that you need the police. So the bartender will notify a manager and get the police involved for you. The next one is an angel shot neat. This means you need someone, a bartender or security, to walk you to your car because you don't feel safe. The last one is an angel shot on the rocks. This will indicate that you need the bartender to call you an Uber, a Lyft, or a taxi so they can get you home safe. 


The video has received a lot of attention and has been viewed more than 8 million times. Benji added, "I think this is a great learning lesson. Everyone should know about the angel shot. It's just a great way to make sure that we all feel safe." TikTok users appreciated Benji's efforts to help inform people about this practice. One person wrote: An angel shot with lime actually did save my life. Thank you for posting this. Someone else shared: In the UK we have 'ask for Angela' so go up to the bar and say 'is Angela working tonight?' etc and it means the exact same thing, please help me.


One TikTok user pointed out a very important detail in Benji's demonstration. They wrote: "It's important to note that Benji didn't leave her side once she said that. Purps might know what that means and this put her in danger." One more person pointed out how the bars in their town had different names for these drinks and that it was listed in the women's restroom. Similarly, there are numbers to contact officials that are pasted in bathroom stalls. 


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