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Three women prevent date rape

When three women were out on Friday night and witnessed something shocking, they knew they couldn’t just stand by and do nothing.

Not all heroes wear capes.
That’s the premise of three women who put a stop to a potential date rape.
Sonia Ulrich was out with her friends Marla Saltzer and Monica Kenyon at Fig restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in California, US, on Friday night, and Monica said she’d seen some guy put something in a girls drink.
Sonia wrote a lengthy post on Facebook about the entire incident, which has now been shared more than 110,000 times.
She continued: “They had a bottle of wine they were splitting. It seemed like a first or second or third date. After a few ‘Oh god. What do we do’s, I got up to find her in the bathroom to tell her. Warn her. Tell her to get up and leave this creep. Make him drink it. Something.”
Sonia waited for the woman to come out of a bathroom stall and when she did, she told her what her friend Monica had seen.
She asked the woman how well she knew the guy she was with.
“I was expecting to hear ‘We just met,’ but I got: ‘He’s one of my best friends’.”
Shockingly, the man and woman had known each other for a year and a half and worked together.
Sonia’s friend Marla notified the manager to see if there was anything they could do. He approached the table of the man and woman and offered her a glass of sparkling water, and then returned to Sonia’s table to say because he hadn’t witnessed the spiking himself, he couldn’t do a lot. He had, however, alerted security.
Monica explained what she saw: “He pulled her glass toward him, kind of awkwardly, then he took out a little black vial. He opened it up and dropped something in.
Then he tried to play it cool, like checking his phone and hiding the vial in his hand and then trying to bring it back down slyly.”
Sonia made this meme to "get your attention".
Sonia wrote in the post: “The poor woman had to sit through 40 more minutes, sitting across from ‘one of her best friends’ knowing that he was trying to drug her.”
“Marla noticed him several times chinking his glass to hers to get her to drink. She played it cool. Mostly, I believed, just stunned. The staff wanted to jump in and dump the glass, dump him, do something! I was going through fantasies of walking up and demanding he drink the tainted glass of wine.”
When the two did finish dinner, the staff ‘delayed’ getting the bill, blaming it on something being wrong with the computer. Then the police showed up.
According to Sonia, he didn’t protest at all.
She continued: “The head of security came by and said that because we notified them immediately, they were able to go back and review the footage from the security camera.
“They got him on tape. They had proof of him drugging this girl. They took the glass away as evidence. They kept us for statements.”
They asked the woman if she needed a lift home, but she said her car was at the guy’s place, something that “must have been part of his plan”.
The three women were praised by people in the restaurant for being brave enough for speaking up, and Sonia also thanked the staff of the restaurant for helping catch the man.
“We are well aware how many people would not have taken what we said seriously. Not taken action. Said their hands were tied.
“So thank you, everyone at Fig and Fairmont in Santa Monica for keeping this guy from harming someone.
“And thank you in advance to everyone who sees this and shares this and reminds each other that yes, you SHOULD say something. Even if it’s awkward or weird or just uncertain if anything can be done.
“Know that YOU did something. And that it helped.”
You can read the full post here.
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