I’m not a coffee drinker, but I might change my mind if I had the option to patronize a drive-through establishment featuring bikini-clad baristas. And such establishments apparently do exist in the Pacific Northwest.
But some people are not happy about this…um…marketing tactic.
But I’m not sure I understand why these Puritans are so upset. Based on the stories I read, it appears that there’s no actual nudity involved. Nor is there any indication that the gals are on public streets hawking coffee (though I’m not sure why that would be a problem since it’s presumably legal to walk around in a bathing suit).
Not surprisingly, busy-body politicians got involved. Here’s a blurb from the Associated Press.
Snohomish County officials say they’ve had no complaints lodged about scantily clad baristas in the year since tougher rules were adopted. County Auditor Carolyn Weikel tells The Daily Herald that not only have there been no complaints, no one has applied for a license to run an “adult-business” coffee stand. A year ago, the county adopted new rules spelling out what constituted lewd conduct by baristas. The rules also say stand owners are responsible for employee behavior.