- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2014

Two bartenders in Washington, D.C., have teamed up to create the prototype for a product meant to combat date rape called the “DrinkLock.”

DrinkLock is described as a “reverse coaster,” which can be used as an actual coaster or affixed to the top of someone’s drink using a square adhesive seal. When the seal is removed, it will read “void” if anyone has tampered with it.

“The safety seal, using technology similar to a crime scene investigator’s evidence tape, produces a firm enclosure that leaves a nonresidue ‘VOID’ imprint on the coaster signifying that the seal has been compromised and broken, ultimately letting you know that you should not consume the remainder of the beverage,” creators Mike Bokman and Frank Mills wrote in a press release.

Each seal also has a unique identifying number to ensure that the DrinkLock has not been replaced by another one.

“We’re not trying to prevent rape. We know it’s a huge problem. It’s like world hunger — you can’t change it,” said Mr. Bokman, who works at Hill Country Barbecue, Washington City Paper reported. “What we like to say is we are the first line of defense, so basically what that means is as soon as you want to do something to protect your drink, you put the seal on it.”

Mr. Bokman and Mr. Mills, a bartender at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan, told the paper that they hope to distribute DrinkLock to bars and bartenders across the country.

They launched a Kickstarter campaign, which has raised nearly $2,000 and has until Oct. 12 to reach a goal of $25,000. Mr. Bokman hopes to have the product released by Christmas so parents can get them to their kids before they return to college, Washington City Paper reported.

“It’s not targeted just for women because they have nail polish,” he said in a reference to Undercover Colors, a prototype for date rape drug-detecting fingernail polish. “We want everybody and anybody to use our product. It’s for men, for women, for everybody, any language.”

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