Upcoming ordinance forcing nearly-nude baristas to add clothing




Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--The owner of a nearly-nude barista stand in the Spokane Valley is gearing up for some costume changes.    

Valley council members passed an ordinance in late November requiring her nearly-nude baristas and everyone else to cover up.

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Sarah Birnel owns the coffee stand near Sprague and Pines and is working with City leaders on the details of the ordinance. She is also trying to come up with new outfits that will be within the guidelines and keep her in business.

"Cut off tank tops is the route we are going,” said Birnel.

Birnel said the biggest change to her stand will be on Topless Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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"It's not the pasties that are the problem, it's just the pasties. They want more covered up,” said Birnel.

Baristas will wear bras underneath instead of just pasties.

"You are inviting trouble if you don't follow the rules and I'm not interested in any trouble like that,” said Birnel.

The new ordinance requires everyone to cover at least half the female breasts and private parts in public. A violation would be considered a misdemeanor and comes with a $1,000 fine. The ordinance came after numerous residents complained and wanted the employees to cover up.

"It's not that big of a deal to cover your breasts and your privates. I think it's a good thing,” said Spokane Valley resident Megan Stantus.

Some residents said the restrictions are not necessary.

"They do a good job making coffee and they are friendly. I'm sure people come here for "other" reasons and that's not why I'm here,” said customer Will Gardiner.

The owner of the stand is worried about how the new rules will affect her business.

City leaders will publish the new ordinance in the City’s paper on Friday. It will take effect on December 11.