Bikini barista attire up for vote in Federal Way

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 21 at 7:31 PM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Federal Way city leaders are expected to decide today how much skin bikini baristas can show.

The City Council will vote on an ordinance Tuesday night clearly defining lewd public behavior. The ordinance would restrict certain clothing, such as no uncovered pasties or otherwise heavily exposed breasts.

If the ordinance passes, offenders could face 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

The city's only bikini barista business is the Pink Spot Cafe, which opened three months ago. Baristas there say they're not worried because the Pink Spot, part of the Cowgirls Espresso chain, has its own standards.

"It really doesn't bother us. We have our own regulations and we have things we have to abide by within our company and so if they give us laws or stricter rules, that's fine. We don't have a problem with it," said Katie Osiadacz, manager at the Pink Spot.

The Federal Way Police Department want to tighten the laws defining lewd public behavior before any more espresso stands like the Pink Spot open.

"This new legislation would eliminate some gray areas, fill a gap left by indecent exposure [laws] and provide officers with another enforcement tool to keep our city safe," said Assistant Police Chief Andy Hwang.

Snohomish County passed a similar lewd conduct law earlier this year, after five baristas who worked for a different company were arrested in Everett and charged with prostitution for allegedly removing clothing and allowing customers to touch them for money.
 

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