Women with natural assets should be allowed to use them is the theme behind a lawsuit in Everett, Washington. A chain of barista stands staffed with women in bikinis, Hillbilly Hotties, is suing the city over their new dress code for food service workers.
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.
Wearing a bikini is now lewd conduct and prostitution? This statement sounds a lot like sour grapes from the competition as mentioned in a statement in the lawsuit.
“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”.
And a lot of bare skin, and exposed assets, not all that unlike Hooter’s actually, where the waitresses do wear tank tops that leave little to the imagination.
No matter the outcome of the lawsuit itself, by passing this law – and trying to enforce it including distance measurements around the areolas, which would open an entirely different kettle of fish – Everett officials have drawn more attention to the ladies who like to use clothing and assets as a marketing tool. If anything, they are going to make more money than before as those who like to look come for the coffee and stay for the view.