Everett police handed out a flier with "sample outfits" that would be allowed under the new bikini-barista law. The illustration shows two people wearing tank tops and shorts.
In the wake of last month’s legislation banning pasties, g-strings and bikinis on baristas and other “quick serve” employees, Everett officials asked police to disseminate a flier showing “sample outfits” that would be allowed under the new law.
The images show two people, one with a necklace, wearing tank tops and shorts.
The illustrations and instructions (which you can see here) were circulated after opponents argued that the language used in the two unanimously passed ordinances was unclear.
In particular, they claimed city ordinance 3559-17 , which prohibits workers from exposing “more than one-half of the part of the female breast located below the top of the areola” and the “bottom one-half of the anal cleft,” was difficult to understand.
That objection was repeated in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court this week on behalf of seven employees and one bikini-barista-stand owner, Jovenna Edge, who claim the ordinances violate their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and privacy — and set back women’s rights “50 years.”
The flier, which was “hand delivered” by police to bikini-barista and other coffee stands, according to a city spokeswoman, also answered a number of questions, such as “How will the new laws be enforced?”
“Most enforcement will be complaint driven and focused on obvious violations,” the flier states.
Schuyler Lifschultz, part owner of the Hillbilly Hotties coffee stands in Everett and the attorney behind the federal lawsuit, said the owners of the two other bikini-barista stands are not fighting the ordinances.
“They’ve gone family friendly and are trying to sell,” he said.
Lifschultz says he’s so sure the ordinances are on legal quicksand that he believes a judge will make quick work of them.
“I mean, if Everett wants to appeal and keep fighting,” he said, “we’ll keep going, too.”