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Neighbors react to bikini barista bust

EVERETT — Illegal activity at some bikini barista coffee stands is not a new problem.

expressoCities in Kitsap, Pierce, King and Snohomish counties have been dealing with it for years.

Along with busting places like this, local municipalities have approached this problem with new laws and new ordinances that limit where these businesses can locate and what behavior is legal, but with so much money at stake, investigators say, still, there are those willing to risk getting caught.

Young women from Marysville to Maple Valley doing what most would consider the unthinkable, alleged lewd sex acts, even prostitution inside an espresso stand, even as families and children pass right by.

“I’m all for free enterprise but it’s not something that I would incorporate the two together. I just think I want to get coffee when I want to get coffee and let other people go to those places,” neighbor Paul Franklin said.

In spite of best efforts to clean it up businesses like this keep popping up.

In fact neighbors say a little more than an hour after this Java Juggs in Everett was raided, the open sign was back on.

“Nobody likes to see that kind of business.  It’s family friendly up here, down there it’s not,” Broadway Coffee barista Jennifer Darling said.

Darling works right up the street at Broadway Coffee.

They’ve been doing business the right way at the same location for more than a decade.

She says illegal espresso stands are bad for business and for society.

“I think they’re giving kids, young ladies the easy way out. To make money it requires hard work and going to school and get better grades, get good jobs versus taking their clothes off if just not the right way to do it, not the right message to send,” Darling said.

Joe Fisk gets his cup of joe at Broadway Coffee five times a day.

He supports local government intervention to clean things up and say he refuses to spend his money where the law is being broken.

“I don’t agree with it. They need to shut them all down.  That’s not good for the neighborhood, not good for the people or anything,” customer Joe Fisk said.

Now the baristas involved were detained but not arrested and charges are being referred to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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6 comments

  • HairOnFire

    I agree with Joe Fisk- they all just need to get taken out. If you want to see a naked girl and give her money, hire one and take her to your private residence. I don't want to see the little hoe shacks around town.

  • NAVYTOWN

    The solution is very simple. Install signs at all of these 'illicit' coffee stands saying: 'All customers must be over 18 years years old to patronize this business. Anyone who is easily offended by the female body should take their business elsewhere.'. Then the cops can stop playing these cat-and-mouse games and go back to catching REAL criminals like rapists, child molesters, kidnappers and armed robbers.

  • spdychevygrl

    Great plug for "Broadway Coffee" Q13…too bad with their self-righteousness I'd rather not patronize EITHER place and just get my coffee elsewhere, oh, wait, it's still a semi-free country and I can do that!!! LOL

  • Two Cents

    These places should be shut down and the owner put behind bars for years. It's been going on too long and they have come right back after each bust. It needs to be a permanent bust, like they did to Honey's several years ago.
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    Re Broadway Coffee: I get my coffee there too and not just because the girls are fully dressed, but because they are nice and they make great coffee. :)