Dating someone who is relatively unfamiliar can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if that person turns out to be not as decent as they make out.
This can be even more troublesome, should a man turn out to be not who he said he was when he started messaging.
Some bars do have secret codes and policies that can help out a woman in such a situation but, unfortunately, it's not all that common and some women have to resort to other methods of getting themselves out of such a situation.
This is what Reddit user stevethunder1012 recently experienced on a date, when the man she was meeting for the evening turned out to be rather terrifying.
Posting in the subreddit 'Am I the A**hole', she explained how a group of women who were at another table in the restaurant she was at eventually helped her out of a situation which she believed could have resulted in a kidnapping.
Replies to the thread were universal, with many offering their empathy and compassion to the woman for the awful experience she had gone through.