It's a fad that's picking up steam in the hyper-competitive coffee market. Espresso drive-through stands with bikini- and lingerie-sporting baristas are popping up everywhere.

A few owners of these roadside stands say business is so brisk, they're hiring more employees and have plans to open new locations. 

Sometimes wearing little more than pasties and bikini bottoms, the scantily clad baristas have scores of well-tipping customers. While customers are expressing support with their pocketbooks, some people are complaining that these new businesses are pushing boundaries too far.

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980 hits 4.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should bikini baristas be banned?
It's a fad that's picking up steam in the hyper-competitive coffee market. Espresso drive-through stands with bikini- and lingerie-sporting baristas are popping up everywhere.

A few owners of these roadside stands say business is so brisk, they're hiring more employees and have plans to open new locations.

Sometimes wearing little more than pasties and bikini bottoms, the scantily clad baristas have scores of well-tipping customers. While customers are expressing support with their pocketbooks, some people are complaining that these new businesses are pushing boundaries too far.

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 2:32:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's just another way to make money. However, if young kids are in the vehicle, it might not be a good idea.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 10:11:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
theres no way thats sanitary
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 10:19:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well we have to gratify our primal yuppy needs don't we. It isn't exactly prostitution. Since it isn't sex for sale, it's coffee. It just comes with a little sex on the side. But hey, at least it's a new and interesting way of demeaning women.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 11:09:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
what an interesting story it would be if they spilled hot coffee on themselves.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 11:11:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 8/25/08 - 10:11:28 AM juliewillard wrote:
theres no way thats sanitary


Wait, why is that? I'm sure they wash their hands just the same as anyone else who works in food service.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 11:13:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 8/25/08 - 11:09:54 AM starflame wrote:
what an interesting story it would be if they spilled hot coffee on themselves.

haha, that's an occupational hazard I guess.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 11:13:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
i wonder if you could get workman's comp for that... lol
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 11:14:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't bother me at all. It's not like I have to patronize the establishment.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 5:36:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
in NY, DC, other places it is legal to have topless ones
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 10:13:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure what I feel about this.

On one hand, it is demeaning to women, and what if only hot girls get hired, regardless of work experience, while average, more qualified women don't get hired?

On the other hand, businesses are free to do what they want to make money, and I accept that fully.

This is a tough one for me.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 10:20:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all.
If there was one near me I would so go if nothing more then to hit on the coffee girl.
But alas I think I will stick to my home made coffee at more then half the price.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/08 - 12:26:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
That girl is f*cking ugly.

It's all good. Sure it's demeaning, but it's their choice.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 8/27/08 - 8:07:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
For those of you bleeding hearts that are claiming this is demeaning to women, I say nuts to you.
Nobody is forcing these bimbos to work the drive through at a risque coffee shop. They work there, more than likely, because the tips are probably pretty damned good.
I can't understand how this is even remotely demeaning to women.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 8/27/08 - 8:17:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.

On what grounds would they be banned?
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 12:09:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Okay now THIS is definitely crossing a line...

Topless coffeehouse gives neighbors the jitters
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 1:54:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
I just think its inappropriate.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 2:27:25 PM EST (GMT-5)


Although I don't agree with it, I don't think it should be banned. I just wouldn't go there. I'm not interested in supporting cheap gimmicks.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 2:41:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
These coffee shops aren't forcing anyone to go there. There's absolutely no basis for banning them. If you don't like it, don't go there. What's next? Banning Hooters because some people are offended?
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 2:47:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 3/2/09 - 12:09:59 AM KikiPeepers wrote:
Okay now THIS is definitely crossing a line... [link]

Why? It's better than going to a strip club. You get coffee and you don't have to tip as much.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 7:46:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sex sells.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 9:09:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why? It's all a marketing ploy and if it works, more power to them.

Just think...boobs CAN boost the economy.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 9:13:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Should women just start wearing shirts to the beach?
Seriously, it's their business, let them do what they want (within the law), and if it sells, hey, that's the customers who go and buy from them.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 9:32:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, it's trashy and indecent for a business. But I don't think the government has the right to ban such a thing.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/2/09 - 11:41:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
i have a strong urge to start drinking coffee
12 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 9/29/09 - 11:01:48 AM EST (GMT-5)

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