“Needle spiking” has become a concern in Florida’s big cities.
In Miami, detectives are probing reports that bouncers and staff at nightclubs around town spiked drinks for gay men to send them home from a night out.
Police in Orlando said one man who had worked as a security guard for two different nightclubs claimed to have spiked men’s drinks to “cancel their drinks at closing time.”
Just a few weeks ago, two British tourists who were staying in a Disney-theme resort in Orlando allege a Colombian worker spiked their drinks and sexually assaulted them.
Thefts and drunk driving deaths at party hotspots like Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando led to an increase in anti-drinking laws and alcohol checkpoints. But there are now new ways to get out of a night out.
Tracking your drinks at the table in a bar isn’t new; it’s now happening at cocktail clubs and going places around the country. The new trend is to use social media to advertise a “spiking” service.
“They say, ‘we’re in the club and we’re spiking your drinks.'” said attorney Leonard Lorette. “And they don’t even take all the drinks, they only take the ones with names on them.”
Symbolic names are key — names for flowers, women’s lingerie, ring numbers or another slang term like “swat,” which is men “swatting” or tricking women by pretending to have a gun and firing it at their faces to scare them out of a bar.
There has even been a pickup artist site, where men with “infectious” writing could request spiking of their drink.
That’s not to say there aren’t consequences. One addict said he and his girlfriend were confronted in a cocktail bar.
“We were both given shots. She’s given me a shot. I gave her a shot,” he told Greta Van Susteren in a segment of “Greta in the Morning.”
“The fact that they know what order we order, that my girlfriend was only giving me half of one shot, and they have no discretion over that order, it is a very sad state of affairs.”
And there are some skeptics saying the bartenders and bouncers may not want to break the taboo of flirting with patrons.
“The bartender’s job is to not to make you sad. That’s why you work,” Lorette said. “The bartender’s job is to make you happy.”