These Bikini Baristas Are Causing a Major Stir in Washington State


Would you like your coffee with a side of sideboob? Washington State has you covered — but perhaps not for long.

In Washington State, drive-through coffee shops are increasingly relying on topless or scantily-clad baristas, both men and women, to boost sales and bring in some extra dough. But now, the puritanical goons of Spokane, Washington are turning on these ‘bikini baristas,’ according to a fascinating new video from Zagat.

“What I know about Spokane is that we’re a little conservative,” Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan told Zagat. “It should be all about the coffee and not all about the body.”

Given Washington State’s reputation for high-quality java (see: Starbucks in Seattle, duh), this anxiety makes sense: do you really want your customers distracted from your delicious product by a few strategically-placed stickers? In this tough economy, yes: Topless business have been popping up across the U.S. for years to help compete in a crowded market.

But for the pearl-clutchers of Spokane, this is the end of civil society as they know it. “There are a lot of business owners out there that are still trying to figure out how to build a better mouse trap,” said Fagan. “Unfortunately, here in the city of Spokane, that better mouse trap, in their minds, would be to sell sex.”

Hey, sex does sell, and we applaud the coffee capitalists of Spokane for fulfilling the American dream of serving burning hot coffee in the nude. We do have an unrelated concern, though: Isn’t getting your coffee with a side of arousal some sort of health code violation?

h/t Thrillist