When the man reached over and took another long sip from her drink, she blinked in surprise. This wasn’t the first time he took the wrong glass that evening. He seemed to be nice enough. Maybe she was just being paranoid.
Reason To Celebrate
Her eyes roamed around the club, looking for her friends. Then, a slight movement in the corner of her eye raised a red flag in her mind. Lily Powles was from Lincolnshire in the UK and working the first evening shift at Gulliver’s Nite club when she noticed someone familiar saunter in.
She looked at her watch. Twenty minutes until her friends would be arriving, she thought. Just twenty minutes at the club until her job was done. She definitely had a reason to celebrate. Working as a server and taking late shifts was not an easy task.
However, Lily really needed the money. Finally, after countless interviews, she was offered a position as a sales representative at a large insurance firm. Since her new job was starting on Monday, she felt like nothing could bring her down.
That is, until he walked in the door. With a big smile on his face, the handsome man made his way to the front of the bar, straight towards Lily. He requested his usual drink – a rum and coke. Lily was taken aback when the man skipped the normal chit-chat and directly asked her for her phone number.
Since Lily was in a good mood, she politely said no. She was used to men approaching her in the club, but she had a rule for herself that she lived by: never mix romance and work. Besides, work policy forbade it.
Well, she could never have guessed just how persistent this man would turn out to be. Lily gave the man his drink, but he didn’t walk away from the bar. Instead, he hung around trying to get her attention.
Wherever she turned, he was there. With a charming smile, he asked her when her shift was over. Lily replied that her shift would actually end in just a few minutes… and that it would also be her last night at the club.
She and her friends were having a small farewell, right there at the club. Afraid this would be his last chance, the man sidled up to Lily and asked her if he could buy her a drink. “Just one,” he said with a smile.
Considering she wouldn’t see him again after that night, Lily thought there would be no harm in that. She clocked out, her colleague, Carlo, came in for their shift, and Lily sat beside the man at the bar.
The Perfect Excuse
The man asked Lily what drink she wanted. “Surprise me,” she replied. She sent her friends a message, getting distracted. They were definitely running late. A few minutes later, the man reappeared with their drinks and set them down on the wooden bar.
What Lily didn’t know was that this man had a trick up his sleeve. The first time the man accidentally grabbed her drink instead of his, Lily didn’t think anything of it. However, when it happened a second and third time, Lily began getting annoyed.
Was he doing that on purpose? Why did he buy her a drink if he wanted to have both for himself? With her drink hardly touched, Lily messaged her friends again. While the first wave of patrons was starting to leave, for some of them, the night was just starting.
Glancing nervously at the door, Lily was relieved to see her friends walk through the door at last. She stood up and raised her hand so they would easily find her in the crowd. When she looked back down, she saw the man had quickly moved her drink again.
Lily was getting more and more suspicious. Still, Lily had the perfect excuse to remove herself from the awkward situation. As all her friends gathered around her, exchanging hugs and congratulating her on her new job, the man excused himself to go to the bathroom.
Warning on Twitter
This was her chance. If her intuition was correct, this man was about to get some instant karma. Quickly, Lily swapped drinks with the man. Then, she and her friends moved to a bigger table at the back of the club.
She would find out if her instincts were right soon. She kept an eye on the man when he got back to the bar. He seemed surprised that Lily and her friends suddenly left, but he didn’t try to approach her again.
However, that wouldn’t be the last time she saw him that night… Whenever she got up to dance, Lily could feel the man’s eyes following her. However, she was determined not to let the situation unsettle her and ruin her last night at the club.
She just kept dancing. She avoided his gaze as much as she could and he was soon lost behind all the people on the dancefloor. But, she couldn’t avoid him forever. Glancing back at the bar, Lily suddenly realized she couldn’t see the man anymore.
Finally feeling like she could relax, she and her friends danced and celebrated into the small hours of the night. It was a memorable evening, but it was finally time to head home. They walked out of the dark club into a sunrise.
When Lily saw who was on the pavement, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The man was there, passed out in a puddle. The thought that it could have been her if she hadn’t acted quickly was absolutely terrifying.
It was clear that she was the man’s target for the night. Thank goodness she listened to her gut when she saw him take her drink! She did the right thing by swapping them. Rattled, Lily immediately posted about her experience on her Twitter page.
“The same lad robbed my drink twice last night, and put something in my glass when he bought me one back,” she wrote. “I swapped our glasses when he went to the toilet and later found him laid flat out in a wet puddle.”
She went on: “Thanks for taking one for the team whoever you are, rather you than me hun.” It wasn’t long before her post exploded. In just hours, Lily’s Tweet had over 11,000 retweets, 175,000 likes, and hundreds of replies.
Most people were horrified that the man tried to spike her drink and expressed their shock and outrage. Surprisingly, there were a lot of naysayers who also commented. One Twitter user wrote: “Nice story. Didn’t happen though,” while others accused Lily of making it all up for the sake of attention!
These comments were quickly refuted by Lily’s female supporters. “So many men here who don’t believe this because they’re lucky enough not to live this as reality on a regular basis,” one commented.
A lot of people shared similar stories. Another woman wrote: “A similar thing happened to me. A guy “accidentally” knocked over my wine a few years back and offered to buy me another. I accepted as I thought he was being courteous, but then something felt off so I left it. In the next bar, I caught him standing in the corner and staring at me.”
The lesson to Lily’s story is that it’s always crucial to be careful, especially at bars, parties, and nightclubs. Sadly, some people don’t always have good intentions. Don’t become a victim – make sure to always watch your drink.
‘Spiking’, however, doesn’t only happen to women, as another user decided to point out. “To all the men saying ‘never happened’, my MALE partner has had his drink roofied at a nightclub before.”
Statistically, spiking happens more to women than men. In fact, one study found that 71% of spiking victims are female rather than male. It’s a scary thing to think about and it happens much more often than it should. So what is there to do about it?
What To Do
More importantly, what can someone do if they find out their drink was spiked? What is there to do to avoid drinks getting spiked? The first thing is to never leave a drink unattended. This includes your friends’ drinks.
Don’t accept any drinks from anyone you don’t know. If you can, use drink stoppers for the top of your bottle. For glasses, cover the top with your hand to prevent anyone from slipping anything into it without you knowing.
The Source Of The Problem
However, it’s been pointed out – and righteously so – that the source of the problem is the culture. It’s crucial to report and penalize culprits to reduce the phenomenon. Instead of teaching young girls to protect their drinks, teach youngsters about how spiking is illegal.
When push comes to shove, how can someone tell they’ve been spiked before it’s too late? If this does happen, the person might notice the symptoms that can take effect. Loss of balance, visual problems, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and unconsciousness. While that seems like symptoms of being drunk, there’s more to it.
Someone You Trust
If you start feeling more drunk than usual or strange, then get help immediately. If you’re on your own, be sure to call someone you trust for help as soon as possible. This could be anyone from a close friend to a medical professional or the police.
Ask to be taken to the nearest Accident and Emergency department and tell the medical staff that you think you’ve been spiked. They will perform the tests needed to see what drugs might be in your system.
Most of these types of drugs will leave the system within 72 hours of being taken, so it’s crucial to be tested as soon as possible to clarify what you’ve been spiked with. This will allow medical professionals to treat you accordingly.
In terms of physical recovery, people who have been spiked typically make a quick recovery as long as they’re treated promptly. However, mentally and emotionally, this ordeal can take a serious toll on someone.
This kind of experience can leave people feeling shameful, guilty, and afraid. This is totally normal – unfortunate and terrible – but normal. In these instances, it’s important to get professional help.
This can be from a counselor, a helpline, or any kind of organization that specializes in these sorts of cases. Whichever the victim chooses, it’s also important to have a good support system of family and friends to get through this experience.