While I chastised Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan for a remark he made last winter, I commend him for the action he has been taking regarding decency toward bikini espresso stands. The name “XXXtreme Espresso” implies obscenity. From the 1978 film “Spokane Story” played in the Pavilion at Riverfront Park, a line read “No, Spokane, you’re not perfect,” showing a now razed theater’s “XXX” sign.
The provocativeness and immodesty of these baristas is clearly unacceptable. Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark wrote about a topless young woman at one of these stands with only black tape over her breasts who should have been dressed far more chastely. Clark also states the “sheer silliness of this nonissue” regarding Fagan’s war against these businesses.
But it is an issue.