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Wed., July 17, 2013, 8:22 a.m.

Bikini Baristas Prompt Cover-up Talk

Jessica Etchart, 23, right, and Niqui Kukel, 25, prepare drinks for customers during an afternoon rush Tuesday at XXXtreme Espresso. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

On Monday, Mike Fagan passed around a list of anatomical definitions to members of the city’s Public Safety Committee, including fellow Spokane City Council members, the police chief and the police ombudsman. The words on the list – “perineum,” “areola” and “anal cleft” – were meant to help the committee understand Fagan’s latest ordinance, a push to crack down on so-called bikini baristas. The proposed ordinance, Fagan said, gives the owners of the stands a choice: “You move your business to a certain zone, or you put more clothes on.” “I’m OK with bikinis. I’m OK with lingerie,” said Fagan, a libertarian. “But when it comes to pasties and G-strings, in regards to safety, what’s going on is a little overboard”/Nicholas Deshais, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with attempt by Councilman Fagan to force Spokane bikini bars to cover up more?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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