Bikini Baristas In Washington Are Fighting For Their Right To Work Half-Naked
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I don’t drink coffee, but you better believe that I will attach an IV to my veins and have coffee shot directly into my blood if that IV was handed to me by a hot barista in a bikini. And I’m mentioning this because bikini baristas in Washington are fighting for their right to work while barely wearing clothes.
A ordinance was recently passed in Everett, Washington that prohibits employees from showing off their skin while working. This was done because these baristas in bikinis provide, according to the City Council, “the opportunity for scantily clad baristas to easily engage in sexual conduct with customers.” OK then…
The AP states:
One of the ordinances prohibits employees at “quick service” restaurants from exposing their midriffs, breasts and the top three inches of their legs. The other defines a new crime of facilitating lewd conduct.
Well those hot gals in bikini won’t go down without a fight because they have decided to sue Everett claiming that the laws violate their rights to express themselves and discriminate against women.
Here’s what the lawsuit states:
“The Baristas express messages of freedom, empowerment, openness, acceptance, approachability, vulnerability, and individuality. Wearing a bikini at work allows the Baristas to open conversations with customers about body image and self-confidence that would not be possible in other attire.”
Another problem with the rules is the trouble enforcing them. By setting standards for how much of a woman’s body can be exposed, the ordinances could lead to “humiliating and intrusive examinations” to determine if a barista is in compliance, the lawsuit says.
“This is about women’s rights. The city council should not tell me what I can and cannot wear when I go to work, it’s a violation of my First Amendment rights,” barista Natalie Bjerk told the Seattle Times.
“I choose my own clothing at work, and for me, the message I send is freedom,” Liberty Ziska told Komo News. “Millions of women fought for our rights and right to vote, and it’s my right to wear what I want. It’s my right as a person. There is nothing unhealthy, obscene, or contrary to the public good in the barista’s garments.”
It’s pretty absurd that the city has cracked down on his. If you want your coffee handed to you by a dude who hates his job and is only working to pay for his introduction to business class, go to Starbucks. But if you want your coffee handed to you by a smoking hot gal in a bikini, then clearly you will go to a bikini barista.
Here’s hoping these gals win their suit.