A bartender is being hailed a hero on social media, after he came to the rescue of two female customers when he noticed they were getting unwanted attention from an “aggressive creep.”
Trinity Allie and her friend were enjoying a drink at a bar in Tampa, Florida, in the United States, when a man started aggressively hitting on them.
Fortunately for them, however, quick thinking bartender Max Gutierrez was on shift, and subtly offered to step in when it all got a bit too much. But, instead of making a scene, Max handed Trinity and her friend a fake receipt with a message on it.
“If this guy is bothering you, put your ponytail on your other shoulder and I will have him removed. He is giving me the creeps,” the handwritten note read.
“This man was harassing me and my friend and the bartender passed this note to me acting like it was my receipt! Legit the type of bartender everyone needs,” Trinity wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of Max posing with the fake receipt.
“I made him pose for this after the guy left lol just to show my appreciation.”
Trinity later added: “He ended up having to literally yell at the guy. He said, ‘you need to get the f*** away from these girls who clearly are not interested,’ and the dude said ‘that was a little aggressive’. And he said ‘well you’re aggressively hitting on them and you need to leave.'”
“Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear Hawaiian shirts,” Twitter users responded.
And, it wasn’t long before Max himself spotted the post, and revealed that the very same man had tried to come back in the bar the following week.
“Hey, that’s me! Lol Fun update, the guy I kicked out Sunday night came back to the bar JUST NOW for a beer, told him I wouldn’t serve him,” he responded.
Taking to Reddit, Max explained how he had learned to pick up on people’s body language and when they might be feeling uncomfortable through years of being a bartender.
“This guy was giving off very weird vibes for quite a while, kept an eye on him, try to give him a chance, try to let the girls tell him no and leave it at that, but he didn’t take no for an answer and kept pestering them so eventually I kind of yelled at him and made him leave,” he said.
“I honestly don’t like yelling at customers or embarrassing people, but I find it’s one of the best ways to handle creeps. Calling them out in front of people is usually enough to get them to turn tail and walk away. I just don’t need my guests feeling uncomfortable.”
What a hero.