SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane City Council is set to start considering an ordinance to restrict how much skin employees of certain businesses can show.
Councilman Mike Fagan shared nearly 50 letters and e-mails he has received from citizens concerned about baristas showing too much skin. One of those letters said they were “shocked” to see what they thought was a completely naked woman.
Councilman Fagan is co-sponsoring what he calls a public decency ordinance. Owners of these lingerie and bikini coffee stands said they are popular with customers especially with days like “Topless Tuesday.”
Councilman Fagan said some people in the community are not prepared for seeing women in barely there underwear and pasties.
“She absolutely was aware what she was getting into at the lingerie stand. She gets to the stand and all she gets is three stickers. What we’re asking is that people have on at least the same amount of clothing that you’d see in our Sunday newspaper ads,” said Fagan.
An owner of four lingerie coffee stands in Spokane and the Valley said covering up would make her stands a lot less profitable. Fagan said the owner has also agreed that if they are ever out of the shop they will wear a robe to cover up. He is also trying to find middle ground for those who do not want the stands open at all.
City Council will have public testimony and a vote on September 30.