Pretty much every female friend of mine has a terrifying story about meeting a man on a date or a party, only to discover later that she had been drugged. Some girls manage to escape, while others are less fortunate. Now, a social media story about three brave ladies who thwarted one man's attempts to roofie his best friend is going viral -- but the details are rather horrific.
Enjoying a night out at Fig, a fancy restaurant in Santa Monica California, three friends noticed a man a few tables over opening a small black vial and dumping its contents into his partner's drink while she went to the bathroom. One of the ladies quickly met up with the potential victim in the restroom to warn her of her date's misdeeds. Expecting the girl to be on a first (maybe third?) date, the trio of heroes were horrified to learn that the man the potential victim was sitting with was this lady's best friend.
Following the warning, the restaurant's staff was informed of the potential plot. The manager handled the situation expertly, allowing the threatened woman to continue her meal and offered her non-drugged drinks while waiting for the authorities to arrive. Meanwhile, the attempted rapist continued to try to convince his informed partner to drink the toxic cocktail. From one of the heroes' Facebook page: "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. Eventually, they finished up dinner. There was a delay getting their bill 'The computer is down' is what the waiter kept saying to him. Then, in walks Santa Monica PD. They say 'Come with us' and he doesn't protest. Doesn't ask why. Doesn't seem surprised ... We [later] asked the girl if she had a ride home. 'My car is at his place. In his building. We came together.'"
Later, it was revealed that the whole incident had been caught on camera. After it was all over, many other patrons of the restaurant thanked the women for their service to sisterhood, recounting horrible experiences of their own with terrifying and threatening men attempting to slyly drug them.
The man, who was later revealed to be Michael Hsu, has since pleaded not guilty to the crimes of "administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime," according to the New York Times. If found guilty he could face up to six years in prison.