A NEWCASTLE pub has removed posters which appeared to parody the anti-sexual harassment signs sometimes found in hotel bathrooms that encourage women to let staff know if they feel unsafe on a date.
The Crown & Anchor Hotel confirmed on Thursday it had removed signs from its men's and women’s bathrooms after a “small number of complaints”.
The sign in the male bathroom encouraged men to order a "Blue Crown Cocktail" if their date would not "stop talking about herself" so they could be escorted from the venue, while in the women’s bathroom, ladies were told to order the cocktail if their date was “getting their creep on”.
The posters appeared to be direct parodies of recent women's safety initiatives in pubs, which see signs placed in bathrooms to let women know they can tell bar staff, sometimes through ordering a secret drink, if they are feeling threatened on a date.
"Blokes... Are you: a) On a Tinder date and she looks nothing like her photo or her description? b) On a blind date and it's going horribly wrong? c) On a first date and she won't stop talking about herself? Never fear, the Crown & Anchor are here to help," the men’s signs read.
A picture provided by management of the women's bathroom signs showed they bore the same copy, except the line about a date "talking about herself" was replaced with "c) On a first date and they're getting their creep on?".
The signs went on to give a series of "Blue Crown Cocktails" patrons could order at the bar to secretly ask staff to take actions ranging from escorting them to their car, to calling the police.
Management at the Crown & Anchor said the signs had been in place for about a month without issue, but were removed on Thursday for rewording following a "small number of complaints". It was understood multiple people contacted the pub after a picture of the “blokes” sign was posted in a 32,000-person Facebook group for Melbourne bartenders.
The Crown & Anchor Hotel said the signs were "not intended to be disrespectful in any way towards campaigns that promote sexual violence awareness and personal safety" and the hotel had received “positive feedback from our patrons”.
The spokesperson said it was disappointing the focus on social media had been on the male sign, with many not realising there was also a version in the women’s bathrooms.
Management said female patrons had made use of the signs in the past month.
“On a few occasions we have received orders for a “Blue Crown Cocktail” and we’ve been able to assist our female patrons … and that is something we are proud of,” management said.