WARNING: This video contains almost nudity, and by ‘almost’ we mean sellotape covered nipples.
What’s your first thought when you hear that there’s a place where barista’s wear bikinis or go topless and serve you coffee? Yep, same here. It’s a health and safety nightmare, all that hot coffee and all that flesh, a disaster waiting to happen.
We’re going to grudgingly put that issue aside for a moment and chat about something else that is irking the locals, the clothes, or lack there of. Mike Fagan. the elected District Council spokesperson, says:
“We’re talking about three stickers strategically placed. I don’t want to pound on the ‘It’s for the children’ argument but that’s what it really is all about.”
Mike Fagan, not a fan of the’bikini baristas’
These coffee shops are popping up all over Spokane, Washington State, and guess what? Business is booming, much to the distaste of some of the locals. Another critic added that the problem is having to explain to her kids why there are women without shirts on serving coffee and why there are men in line to buy said coffee.
Brittany, a full-time student and employee at one of the shops, says:
“I think they’re just trying to find another thing to be offended by. Using kids is obviously the best way to get people because everyone loves kids.”
It’s not just women that serve the coffee, there is one stand that you can go to where shirtless men will pour your cappuccino. The guys say that it isn’t sexual, it’s very professional, and compare it to what you may wear at the beach.
Adam Lovejoy, Owner of Banana Hammock
One thing made clear from the documentary is that the employees don’t feel exploited (the ones featuring here anyhow), they are all trying to get by in their own way, whether it’s to help buy a house, to get them through college, or to support their family.
Although the documentary doesn’t go into too much detail, it does allude to ‘certain bikini stands’ giving others a bad name. We are led to believe that this may be prostitution. The councilman, Fagan, is pushing for a limit on the number of stands, but Food Beast claim that these efforts are failing.
What do you think, should these stands be allowed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.