‘Hero’ Bartender Praised For Saving Women From ‘Creep’ Giving Off ‘Weird Vibes’ At Bar

A Florida bartender is being hailed as a hero for saving two women from a “creep” customer who was giving off “weird vibes.” Max Gutierrez, who works at No Vacancy in St. Petersburg, was praised online after a woman named Trinity Allie shared her story and praised the employee for his quick thinking.

  1. Trinity and a friend were trying to enjoy their drinks at the bar. However, things got uncomfortably quickly when a man began “harassing” them. That’s when Gutierrez stepped in, coming over to hand the women a fake receipt that had a covert message on it.
  2. Gutierrez was happy to get rid of the “creep.” The note he left the women read: “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.”
  3. Trinity was all too grateful for the help. As she recalled in a Twitter post accompanying a photo of Gutierrez with the receipt: “He ended up having to literally yell at the guy he said ‘you need to get tf away from these girls who clearly are not interested’ & the dude said ‘that was a little aggressive’ and he said ‘well ur aggressively hitting on them & you need to leave.'” She went on to describe Gutierrez as “legit the type of bartender everyone needs.”
  4. Gutierrez later shared his side of the story on Reddit. In the comments, he revealed that he immediately knew the guy was a potential problem as he’d been doing the job for so long and recognized his type. “It’s something you just pick up from mentor bartenders. Eventually you become pretty good at reading people, body language, etc,” he wrote. “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 lol.”
  5. It’s not something Gutierrez likes to do, but the safety and comfort of his customers is his number one priority. “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,” he continued.

I agree with Trinity – we need more bartenders (and human beings in general) like Gutierrez!

Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

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