We asked readers their opinion of bikini-clad baristas at some local coffee huts. (Register your vote at www.thesubtimes.com). Following are some of the reactions we received. Have something to say? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bikini-clad barista doesn’t offend me at all. The same principle applies here that it does in life, if you don’t like it, don’t patronize it!
Marilynn M Russell
Many older local people around the state that have lived here in the 60’s remember the time in Eastern Washington when in the Tri-cities, I think it was Pasco, that a Service Station owner hired in the summer a bevy of girls, 17 and older, wearing bikinis to pump gas for the customers, clean their windshields, check the oil and tires, etc. He made the news around the Northwest and by doing so, customers came from all around and put Pasco on the map, not to mention the money he made.
Now, with these barista’s that want to entice the public in bikini’s to stop to get coffee, same thing, no difference, oh and by the way, this isn’t 1960. Thumbs up for bikini’s, thumbs down for anything less than that like pasties,etc.
I’m not offended, but would want to know that was going on in a particular coffee shack so I wouldn’t inadvertently drive through with my two young daughters. I wouldn’t want to have to explain the whole boobies = bigger tips scenario, especially not before I’ve had any coffee!
The Bikini Baristas don‚Äôt offend me, but I certainly think that anything less then a bikini should be controlled by the same rules that apply to local strip clubs.
Pasties have to be a no-no, especially at locations within a certain radius of our Elementary and Middle Schools and Western State. As a female I do believe it‚Äôs sad that they need to stoop to this level of commercialism to sell their coffee, and I drive past them and go to the next stand. Funny thing is I used to go to that coffee stand on Custer [until] they started wearing bikinis.
It would be interesting to see a general poll and find out which gender stops more often for drinks at coffee stands (in general)… Then we‚Äôd know if they are targeting the right audience.
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