A young woman took to social media to share how she is managing not to get her nights out spoiled by men “harrassing” her and her pals. Australian influencer Mikaela Testa revealed she and her friends have bought fake engagement rings and found they are an effective way to hold off people wanting to hit on them.
In a TikTok video shared via her account @mikaelatesta, the influencer spoke to her 2.3 million followers about her idea.
She said: “Me and my friend get so harassed by men whenever we go out to a bar, a nightclub, anything, so we bought fake engagement rings just so that we can hold up our hands and say ‘f*** off’ .”
In the fast-paced clip, Ms Testa and her friends can be seen holding up to the camera the jewels they placed on the ring fingers on their left hands.
She continued: “And because men respect other men way more, if you’re engaged to another man, they’re just going to leave you alone without any drama.”
The video features clips of the influencer vacationing in Bali, which she describes as “the best place to party in the whole world”.
The TikTok has since garnered more than 170,000 likes and 840 comments.
Among those who shared their thoughts about this ring trick was TikTok user manda.bear, who wrote: “The ring idea always works!! Really good travel tip!!!”
Another social media user, Jack, said: “That’s actually such a good idea I’m getting a ring right now.”
Yet another TikTok user named Kaylaaa suggested she also pretends to be engaged if she doesn’t want to be hit on, as she wrote: “Literally me, I try switching my rings so fast [laughing emoji]”.
A follower of Ms Testa named Phronesis, however, said the ring hack only “repels the respectful” men, while others who “don’t give a damn” are not so easy to fend off.
Another, Baylee, said the trick is of no use to her.
She commented: “Where I live they don’t care if you got a man [crying emoji]”.