Bikini baristas are back in the spotlight in Spokane Valley, where the city council is considering an ordinance that would force the baristas to cover up.
It's a battle the Spokane City Council recently lost but outrage from concerned parents in the valley may be enough to spur the council on to action.
Tuesday night, council members heard the first reading on legislation that would require baristas to wear more than just pasties and G-strings while serving coffee. It would put an end to Topless Tuesdays and Thursdays; those tend to be the busiest days for those coffee stands.
One of the baristas, who asked not to be identified, said she understands why what she does can make people uncomfortable. What she doesn't understand is why some can be so mean, especially on the company's Facebook page.
"Like they would like the page just to be rude and say mean things to people like I have had stuff from people saying 'Your parents hate you' to 'I hope you get raped and stuff,'" she said.
Shane Criddle with the Coalition for Community Values said that's not the message they want to send.
"As long as they're following the law we are okay with them being in business and doing their business in private, but it is when they bring that business to the street that we have a concern," Criddle said.
Criddle spoke on behalf of the group -- whose membership is mostly Spokane Valley parents -- at Tuesday night's council meeting. The group is concerned about what the women working at these coffee shops are showing.
"Flaunting their bodies in public in an area that is easily seen by youth.. That high school youth can come through in their cars and see a nearly nude woman and go to their school sexually charged … we just felt that was wrong," Criddle said.
The barista said she understands that concern.
"I do, I see that, you know it's not the most morally right job and that a lot of people aren't comfortable with it, but we stay in our stand, if we leave we cover up, from the road you'd have to literally stop and try to look in the window to see us, little kids wouldn't be able to see us," she said.
While there was no action following the first reading the ordinance has gained a lot of support.
"It has been a couple of months in the making and we are ready for this to be over and we are just thrilled with the stand the city council took," Criddle said.
The ordinance will now go to second reading on a later date and then a vote.
If the rules change, baristas said they'd change their clothes along with those rules.