Bikini-Bearing Baristas Battle Bureaucrats Who Claim They're "Turning Men Into Harvey Weinsteins"

Welcome to 'Grab'n'Go' Bikini Hut - a coffee shop in Washington State that offers coffees, teas(e), and other hot liquids made by bikini-clad baristas.

The city of Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle, is home to numerous bikini barista espresso stands, where servers dressed in everything from tasteful two-piece swimsuits to pasties and G-strings serve up lattes and Americanos at a drive-thru window.

But these successful entrepreneurs - having found an angle that differentiates them from your ubiquitous Starbucks numbness - face being shut down by local officials who are set to tighten the city’s regulations on what constitutes lewd behavior and push to institute a dress code that bans employees from wearing bikinis or showing too much bare skin.

Jovanna Edge, who co-owns five “Hillbilly Hotties” stands, denies that any illegal activity is encouraged and balks at the city’s claim that the stands -- with prices comparable to Starbucks -- attract crime or demean women.


She added that without the bikinis, the baristas would not make as much money as they do.


“My business generates more money than a regular, non-bikini-barista, stand because my employees express themselves through their manner of dress,” Edge said.


“By wearing a bikini, my employees expose messages through tattoos and scars, and they are able to open conversations that attract customers willing to pay more at my business than other coffee stands.”

As Fox News reports, the laws are just the final straw in a years-long battle against bikini baristas stands.

“The Constitution doesn’t allow the government to regulate the content of speech because the government disagrees with it,” Derek Newman, an attorney representing one of the baristas, told the Seattle Times.


“If the First Amendment was so limited, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality would not be protected expression because the president interprets this as anti-American sentiment.”

Everett lawmakers have been steamed about the coffee stands for years – arguing everything from obscenity to mob ties – officials are taking a page out of the headlines and citing a new argument: The skin-flaunting coffee servers could turn men into the next Harvey Weinstein.

“The male gaze on bikinied women is on the continuum of sexualization of women,” wrote Mary Anne Layden, the director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology program at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert witness for the city of Everett.


“When you make the body a commodity, and sex a product which you sell, one outcome is sexual violence... If you can sell it, you can steal it.”

By this logic - the question has to be asked of every 'accuser' that has come forward in recent weeks, calling out everyone from Kevin Spacey to John Conyers and Roy Moore, what were they wearing before they were abused? Can you imagine the leftist uproar?

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The baristas also say that their rights are being impinged upon and instead of feeling degraded when wearing a bikini, they feel empowered.

“This is about women’s rights,” coffee server Natalie Bjerk said, according to the Daily Star.


“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.

One such barista from Ladybug Espresso strongly agrees:

Welcome to the Land of The Free!!!


californiagirl God Emperor Wed, 11/22/2017 - 21:47 Permalink

These baristas are full of B.S.  I am pretty sure that in men walked around businesses wearing speedos or thongs, women would start piling on the sexual harassment lawsuits.  They sure as heck seem unhappy about bathrobes.   External solicitation triggers physiological responses.  And, as a female, I sure as heck would have a problem with one of my femaile employees coming to work like that.  I am in the business of selling manufactured products made out of various metals, not the business of selling them!

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Refuse-Resist RafterManFMJ Thu, 11/23/2017 - 07:18 Permalink

Feminism is low value (300 lb blue haired manatee) womb lobbying.High value women don't need feminsm. Men trip over themselves to give stuff to them.I call it 'pretty privilege'. Pretty girls know they have it.  Ugly girls and most men get none of that.They just have to get by with hard work and/or personality. The envy I see for beautiful women among their plainer sisters is... obvious.  

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Refuse-Resist californiagirl Thu, 11/23/2017 - 07:14 Permalink

HAHAHA.  OK CUpid data shows you girls judge that no less than 80!% of us men are below average attractiveness. So I suppose your statement could be true in 80% of cases.But...  If the RIGHT men were wearing speedos and thongs not a word would be said. If these baristas were muffin topped fatties, business would suffer. If they were blue haired feminist freaks, likewise.Newsflash: heterosexual (ie normal) human beings enjoy viewing attractive members of the opposite sex.  

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TheDude1224 BaBaBouy Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

Amazing how these asshole globalists care about this, but they don't care about the over sexualization of cartoons, hamburger advertisements, car commercials, or well...anything Hollywood provides. Amazing how this is "objectifying women", but lil n***** is allowed to put 20 women in the same bikins grinding on his junk and his cars in a video and call it entertainment. Get the fuck out of here...Let these women WORK!

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tbd108 Stackers Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:34 Permalink

I would too (I live just outside Everett) however they charge more for the priviledge of seeing their almost bare bottoms so I go for coffee elsewhere. One time however, while taking my wife to a doctor's office, two of the girlies were taking out the trash while I was parked nearby. But I didn't get to see much because my damned wife didn't tell me (protecting me from evil thoughts I suppose) until too late. Damn! I almost got what you might call a freebee.

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J S Bach tbd108 Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

Being the fuddy-duddy that I am, I can honestly say that "sluttiness" has never been attractive to me.  Perhaps it's because I can see the ugliness of character that goes along with the supposedly provocative physical beauty, which in turn, nullifies any great stimulation.  I actually prefer a home-grown-down-to-earth lady with a lust for family life, hearth and children.  Now THAT'S a woman to JS Bach.

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FreeNewEnergy expatch Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:26 Permalink

Have to throw in here a vote for Ginger.Tina Louise (Ginger) was a very hot woman back in the day, and, while I could get along with Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) no problemo, I always liked Ginger better. Maybe it was the boobs, or the legs.Yeah, I get it that wholesomeness is an excellent quality, but hottiness has its place (like anywhere nearby).Both are stereotypes, produced, for your viewing and fantasy pleasures, by HOLLYWOOD, proven to be the cultural abyss of the entire planet.On topic: These women dressing like they do to attract business is fine with me. It's not about free speech, women's rights, or anything other than FREE MARKET ECONOMICS. If I found I could do much more business standing on my head half naked, damn right I'd do it.Get the gpovernment out of our business.After all the reveals of dirtbags in the media and in government, isn't it about time that people just stand up and demand their removal?This fuckwad John Conyers refuses to quit, same with Franken. I say, OK, then I, as an American citizen, refuse to accept any laws imposed upon me by an immoral, dysfunctional, non-representative government. See you in court, assholes.Sorry, but, soon to turn 64, I've had more than enough out of Washington, DC, the pit of corruption.Happy Thanksgiving.

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