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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima City Council voted to start drafting rules to regulate bikini espresso stands as adult entertainment.
     
The rules would be based on ones adopted in Snohomish County to control so-called "sexpresso" stands.
     
Police have reported pole dancing and $5 booty shakes at some of the four coffee stands in Yakima.
     
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('Dream Girls' Barista Alyssa Hernandez and 'Dream Girls' owner Cheryl
Clark. Hernandez is facing indecent exposure charges after allegedly
wearing an exposed thong to work)


Yakima barista faces indecent exposure charges

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.

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

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