And yet, nearly everyone has an opinion about them. Why are they often such an easy target? I set off to answer these questions and more in two in-depth podcast interviews that I think covers the subject like never before.
Women serving coffee at the Hillbilly Hotties stand near Seattle might have to wear more than just bikinis after a new ruling from a federal appeals court. Local tension over the issue culminated in two ordinances passed inrequiring employees wear at least a tank top and shorts and included certain clothing choices in the city's definition of lewd conduct, prompting the owner of Hillbilly Hotties to sue. Those ordinances will now go into effect as the decision is sent back down to a lower court.
Lauren Alison is a barista at Chicka Latte in Seattle. What do you think of the Seattle bikini baristas' tactics? Should there be rules to regulate these coffee shops?
The decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals trounced an earlier federal-court ruling that had prevented the city from enforcing its ban on near-nudity until the legal case was resolved. District Court. Around the end ofthe city began receiving what it said were numerous complaints about the stands. District Court alleging that the crackdown violated their constitutional right to free expression and their right to privacy.
This Barbie-doll shed of a building is home to Hot Bikini Brew, where owner and head barista, Mandy, can be found most weekdays, serving up espresso drinks in little more than lingerie and a smile. The kiosk is snug, thanks to a whirring space heater, and smells of espresso and Mandy's Love Addict body spray. While Mandy tamps the grounds, a steady stream of dudes casts mostly furtive glances at her flawless, practically bare buttocks.
The baristas are always friendly and serve up a decent cup of coffee but the real treat is the bikini's are very revealing. Um, yeah! I needed to get coffee for my co-workers, and I gotta say, "Good coffee!
A bikini barista is a person who prepares and serves coffee drinks while dressed in scanty attire such as a bikini or lingerie. In the United States, this marketing trend sometimes referred to as sexpresso   or bareista   originated in the SeattleWashington area in the early s. Similar phenomena have appeared in countries such as Chile and Japan since at least the s.
The 9th U. The three-judge appeals panel said wearing skimpy attire, sometimes just pasties and a G-string, to sell espresso at drive-through coffee stands does not constitute free speech protected by the First Amendment. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle agreed with them.