Bikini Coffee-Shop Owner May Get Jail

The naked truth is that in one Washington State city, it just got more difficult to serve coffee with a bit of bare skin.

A jury in Yakima on Friday found the owner of the Dreamgirls Expresso stand guilty of violating the city’s indecent exposure ordinance for having one of her “bikini baristas” wear sheer shorts while serving up coffee.

Dreamgirls’ owner faces a term of up to 90 days in jail when she is sentenced on February 18. The case stems from a visit last year to the coffee stand by police officers, who found a barista’s sheer shorts did not cover enough of her buttocks.

In coffee crazed Washington State, shops with baristas in bikinis have been cropping up for the last three or four years, as some municipal officials have sought to control them after receiving complaints from residents.

But efforts by Everett and other Washington State municipal officials to control bikini barista shops through ordinances on what baristas can wear have run into hurdles over how to define what is decent attire.

Officials in Yakima, about 100 miles southeast of Seattle, said in their 2009 ordinance that publicly wearing G-strings and see-through clothing is forbidden. And they appear to have won this latest round with the jury verdict against Clark.

Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley said one coffee stand was featuring pole dancing for a time.

“We wanted to be very specific about what you could wear and couldn’t wear,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be this end of this chapter.”

Yakima, with a metropolitan population of about 100,000 residents, has a half dozen bikini barista shops, said Randy Beehler, director of community relations for the city.

Complete story via Reuters


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