Love your coffee? What about if it was made and served to you by a barista wearing a bikini…
That’s the order of the day at Hillbilly Hotties, a cafe in Washington, who’s in hot water for serving hot drinks from hot girls with hardly any clothes on.
The Everett City Council has issued a “please refrain” to the bikini-clad baristas stating it’s dangerous, but the cafe has now filed a lawsuit saying the girls showing their bare skin allows them free expression.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, says the ordinances passed by the Everett City Council deny bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate through their attire, are vague and confusing, and unlawfully target women.
“Just like Starbucks with green aprons, UPS with brown trucks and outfits, and Hooter’s with short-orange shorts, the baristas’ attire evokes a message at work,” the lawsuit says, adding that such messages include “freedom, empowerment, openness, acceptance, approachability, vulnerability and individuality.”
One of Everett’s new laws requires the workers to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts. It specifically applies to employees at “quick service” restaurants, which also include fast food and food trucks.
The other redefined the city’s lewd conduct ordinance and created a new crime of facilitating lewd conduct. Both ordinances took effect early this month.
The city cited “a proliferation of crimes of a sexual nature occurring at bikini barista stands throughout the city” in adopting the measures.
“Employees and owners of barista stands where this conduct occurs are making large sums of money from overtly sexual, lewd conduct, and prostitution,” the city declared in one of the measures.
A spokeswoman said the city had no comment on the lawsuit.