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Voters could decide how much baristas must wear

The brewing debate about how much clothes must be worn by baristas could be decided by voters.

Spokane resident Beth Solscheid this month filed an initiative proposing to create a law making it a misdemeanor crime to expose at least half of a female breast, or any part of female areolas or nipples or any part of male or female genitals or anus at any place the general public has a right to be or see.

The initiative has an unlikely ally in Sarah Birnel, the owner of Devil’s Brew, the local espresso stand chain that sparked calls last summer for rules forcing baristas to cover up as a result of the “topless Tuesday” promotion. That’s when baristas wore only G-strings and pasties. Birnel recently changed the name of the stands to Devil’s Brew from XXXtreme Espresso.

Birnel said she likes the idea of letting voters decide nudity standards. She also has a Devil’s Brew location in Spokane Valley, where that city’s City Council recently approved nudity restrictions that are the model for the initiative.

“I’m not too keen on seven people saying yea or nah,” Birnel said..