Under the ordinance, the city clerk's office will provide picture diagrams to help illustrate the new clothing requirements.
The Everett City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed new restrictions on how much skin employees at local bikini barista stands can bare.
The ordinance requires that owners of so-called “quick service” food and beverage businesses ensure employees cover “minimum body areas” while on duty. That includes the breasts, torso and the top three inches of legs below the buttocks, the ordinance states.
Under the ordinance, the city clerk’s office will provide picture diagrams to help illustrate the new requirements.
The move comes amid what city officials have called a proliferation of crimes occurring at local bikini barista stands. Previously, Everett officials used the city’s lewd-conduct ordinance to regulate conduct at the stands. But the ordinance provided “little deterrent” to bad behavior, the ordinance states.
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Ramsey Ramerman, assistant city attorney, said the new ordinance prevents unscrupulous owners from pressuring employees into breaking the law or looking the other way.
“This is not about being offended by people wearing bikinis,” he said. “Some of these stands had the characteristics of a poorly run strip club, and trying to enforce standards under the previous law was simply ineffective.”
Employees will now be required to wear at least shorts and a tank top, he said. Owners found violating the new dress code will be required to obtain a probationary license. With two additional violations, their stands could be shut down.
Some bikini barista stand employees are worried that the new clothing regulations will bite into their income. One barista told Q13 she’s worried about receiving fewer tips.
Everett officials have struggled for years over how to regulate drive-through stands, which are often staffed by scantily clad women. They came under scrutiny in 2009, when several female employees of local coffee stands were arrested for indecent exposure and prostitution charges as part of a lengthy undercover police investigation.
The baristas were accused of charging $80 for erotic shows where they allowed customers to fondle or photograph them.
The “sexpresso” stand trend eventually spread throughout the region, with some cities banning them altogether.