A company called Drink Safe Texas has produced some clever products that guard against drink tampering. Now something as ubiquitous as a drink coaster can prevent date rape. Several Texan bars are using them to test for substances such as GHB and ketamine- two popular “date-rape” drugs.

Amazingly, this clever coaster was key evidence in the prosecution of a dirty cop!

“Police said a bartender at the Sugar Shack saw reserve Officer Brad Hellums put something in two women’s drinks. The bartender then went across the street to the Whiskey Bar to get one of the Drink Safe coasters, providing police with evidence, said bar manager Neil Ludwig, who runs several bars that use the coasters. “

“It tells you that there is something foreign in that drink that shouldn’t be there,” said Dennis Burns of Drink Safe Texas. Testing a drink is simple. The coaster has colored dots on the corners that change color if the drink is spiked. And you can do that with your finger in the drink or the straw.

The company also sells caps you can carry in your pocket to cover a beer bottle when it’s unattended, as well as pocketsize drink testers such as the coasters that can be carried in a purse.

It should be noted that the coasters cut into profits by about 40 cents each, but Ludwig said they are worth it. “It’s not a cheap thing for us to do, but we want our customers to feel safe.”

Just like some consumers are willing to pay more for the kind of high quality products they want, these bars are willing pay more to add this kind of value to their patron’s experience.  It makes sense to me, I would be happy to be loyal to a business that I can see is going the extra mile for me – for my well being & personal safety.

2 Comments

  1. Dental Beaumont

    These are ingenious! I hope that this can be used even outside of Texas. i don't go out much, but this coaster and even the caps that they invented is very much appreciated by those who do go out.

  2. Dental Beaumont

    These are ingenious! I hope that this can be used even outside of Texas. i don't go out much, but this coaster and even the caps that they invented is very much appreciated by those who do go out.

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