Subscriber Account active since. 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 in , requiring 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. Everett city officials celebrated the ruling, reportedly claiming there was "extensive evidence of adverse secondary effects associated with the stands, including prostitution and sexual violence.
Federal court ruled against bikini baristas at Washington coffee bars
A bikini barista is a woman who prepares and serves caffeinated beverages while dressed in scanty attire such as a bikini , lingerie , or cropped tops and bikini bottoms or hotpants. In the United States, this marketing trend sometimes referred to as sexpresso   or bareista   originated in the Seattle , Washington area in the early s. Similar phenomena have appeared in countries such as Chile and Japan since at least the s. Espresso drive-through stands and coffee outlets are numerous in the greater Seattle area,  so much so that coffee stands that have fully clothed employees often advertise themselves as "family friendly". A few months after opening, as summer heat invaded the small square-foot 6.
High Court Won’t Consider Bikini Baristas’ Right to Reveal
Amelia Powell enjoys the money and freedom of serving coffee in her underwear, but Everett, Washington, may shut it down. S tudent Amelia Powell is starting her shift at a drive-through coffee stand on a rain-lashed parking lot in Everett, Washington. A black SUV pulls up. A middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap asks for a 12oz hot chocolate with whipped cream. Powell is a bikini barista, one of hundreds across the state hired to serve coffee at premium prices from roadside huts around 8ft square while wearing lingerie, thongs, nipple pasties or skimpy swimwear.
The U. This decision will let stand a U. Jovanna Edge and other baristas who worked at drive-thru stands petitioned the high court to overturn that Ninth Circuit ruling, arguing that the dress code laws violate their free expression in violation of the First Amendment. The city declined to file a response to that challenge to the Supreme Court.