Naked Baristas Hit for Prostitution in Sexpresso Shop Sting
|A more modestly dressed barista. She probably just came from Sunday Mass.|
So begins today's tale from the Grab 'N' Go Bikini Hut in Everett, Washington. To get a leg up on competitors, it decided baristas should add a little spice to the menu. So they dressed only in panties and negligees, with a fondness for see-through fabric. And for the right price, you could make those garments magically fall off.
In a two-month sting on the Grab 'N' Go, police watched baristas jiggle their breasts, gyrate their buttocks, and traipse nearly nude in the parking lot. You could play basketball by throwing wadded cash into their panties. And for the proper tip, you could paw boobs and butts, or make underwear fall to the floor...
Unfortunately, the touching part -- especially when traded for U.S. currency -- seems to violate Everett's prostitution laws. Five baristas ages 18-24 have been charged with hooking.
The Grab 'N' Go has faced problems before. It's part of a new trend in coffee known as the Sexpresso, which has become a budding phenomenon in the Seattle area. But it seems straighter residents don't fully appreciate the inventiveness of the concept.
|A barista from rival Cowgirls Espresso|
In the latest sting, cops caught baristas charging an extra $80 for making customers' mochas in the nude. They would also lick whipped cream off each other and pose naked for pictures with the admiring clientele.
Cities have tried to crack down before, so the shops responded by having the women place pasties over their breasts. But after the latest sting, it appears the fun has come to an end.
Bill Wheeler, owner of Grab 'N' Go, wants to open a dozen stores in Washington and Nevada. But after the prostitution bust, he plans to tame it down by having baristas wear bikinis and lingerie. "We got tired of people whining about it," he says with a sigh.
It seems some people just don't appreciate a pioneer of industry anymore.