'Sexpresso' Stands: Does Big Shots Espresso Take It Too Far With 'Topless Tuesdays'?
NORTH SPOKANE, Wash. - Something's brewing in a north Spokane neighborhood and it's more than coffee. Several espresso stands with provocatively dressed employees have opened in the City of Spokane, including a few stands where baristas cover their breasts with little more than stickers. Big Shots Espresso, a bright pink kiosk on the corner of Francis and Lidgerwood, took the hot coffee trend one step further with "Topless Tuesdays."
And it's got one group of people especially steamed.
Emily Swenson's morning jolt is not from her cup of coffee, but the woman who serve it at the espresso stand just below her window.
"I see that. The ladies are not dressed. I think it's nasty," she pointed out of her third-floor apartment window to the women in the kiosk below. "I have kids and I don't like it cause they can see that."
At Big Shots espresso, the women walk the line between skim milk and skimpy outfits. The line is often several cars long with customers eager for a jolt of java.
Customer Dale Mason explained, "It's a pretty fine place. They make good coffee and in a little while I'll be zinging around."
Customer Shane Schilling said, "I don't spend much time talking to the girls, I just get the coffee and enjoy the view."
But other neighbors at Swenson's apartment complex right next store believe the women working at Big Shots are brewing up a real brouhaha.
"They're practically prostituting for coffee; that's what I think it is," Robin Musgrove said, who lives at the adjacent apartment complex and is offended by the coffee stand branding.
The girls at the stand have long-since shown off lingerie, but recently they touted a new trend "Topless Tuesdays," women wearing nothing more than panties and pasties.
"It's pretty nasty and inappropriate for the kids and it's disgusting," Musgrove continued. "The law needs to put a stop to her and make her wear her clothes because that's just totally gross."
Spokane Police Spokesperson Officer Jennifer Deruwe explained, "There's nothing that we've found that's illegal about it."
Police have taken some complaints from some in the area but said the stands are legal because baristas cover just enough skin.
"I think they should leave them alone," Schilling said. "if that's what they want to do , that's what they want to do."
For now, changes at this Big Shot espresso stand are a tall order.
At this point, if people want to see changes, Spokane Police encourage people to put pressure on city council members in order to change city code. KHQ did call several city council members to get their take on the issue. We did not hear back from them before air time.
KHQ gave the women and their manager ample opportunity to talk on camera but they declined.
This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter & Anchor Chelsea Kopta
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