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Yakima barista faces indecent exposure charges

YAKIMA, Wash. - Some espresso stands are known for their coffee and some, like many in Yakima, are known for their baristas and the outfits they wear.

Police say 'Dream Girls' barista Alyssa Hernandez crossed the line, wearing an exposed thong to work.

Hernandez covered up in court Friday morning where she faced indecent exposure charges. Her boss says authorities are over-reacting.

"We are shocked that Yakima Police have chosen to focus on this issue instead of more important issues in the community," said Dream Girls owner, Cheryl Clark.

While the baristas are shocked, many community members aren't. The controversy comes down to what you can see inside of your car. While the owner says you can't see much, some people say you see too much.

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Barista Alyssa Hernandez and Dream Girls owner Cheryl Clark

"A g-string, pasties and a fishnet body suit," said a Yakima Resident.

'Dream Girls' isn't alone and some residents say all the so-called "bikini barista stands" are out of line.

"Bending over, sticking their behind up... ringing a bell toward the men, toward the public," said another resident.

Parents also have a problem with the baristas and say their children are exposed to their actions and outfits without even going to such a stand.

"It's not right. I don't want my daughter to think its okay to have a job like that," said a Yakima resident.

Baristas and owners say they follow the laws and don't step out of their stands wearing inappropriate clothing, but a group of Yakima residents aren't so sure.

The group plans to take this issue to council and force these girls to cover up.

The group is working on launching a web site with video they took which attempts to capture alleged indecent exposure.

Hernandez and the owner of Dream Girls will be in court for their next appearance in late February.  

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