Bar Shields Female Bartenders From Sexual Harassment With Amazingly Candid Sign

This sign will make you think twice before flirting with a female bartender.

When a bar in Exeter, England got fed up with the way some male patrons were interacting with its female bartenders, a local artist took matters into her own hands by way of a brutally honest sign.

The bar in question is The Beer Cellar, and although bartending was originally considered a woman's job in England, the obstacles and biases female bartenders face there (and elsewhere) today are very real.

In an effort to protect their female barkeeps from unwanted advances, Refinery29 reports, The Beer Cellar posted a sign reminding customers the female bartenders are there to do a job, not flirt or be flirted with. The sign, which you can see below, boasts a humorous pie chart that gets to the heart of the matter.



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Mashable reports the sign went up after "a very sex-pest-heavy weekend about three months ago," according to a Beer Cellar bartender named Lauren Dew.

The creator of the funny but purposeful sign is local artist Charlotte Mullin, who was inspired to take a stand for the female bartenders after her own experience working in retail for nearly six years. "You're obviously pressured to give A+ customer service, and loads of people would interpret common hospitality as romantic interest," she tells Mashable.  

"I wanted to make it clear that female staff are nice to you because they have to be!" she added, noting that behaving amiably isn't the same thing as flirting.

Statistics show that female bartenders have a much tougher time than their male counterparts thanks to the systemic barriers and biases within the hospitality industry. Industry website Tales of the Cocktail reports that, according to restaurant worker support organization Restaurant Opportunity Centers United, about 37 percent of all sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission come from the industry — "at more than five times the rate for the general female workforce."

The site also notes female bartenders are paid, on average, over $1.50 less an hour than male bartenders.

Thankfully, Dew tells Mashable the response to the sign has been almost entirely positive. "People really laugh, people support it," she explains. "One percent think it's a bit offensive, which is funny to me because those are the people it's aimed at." 

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