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People’s Pharmacy: Coffee cup lid controversy refuses to die

People often argue over contamination of coffee cup lids when a barista touches them. As I see it, germs are everywhere, and your best defense is a healthy immune system. That would mean many people would need to live a healthier lifestyle. Why not promote that instead of germaphobia?

Bikini baristas may become tank-top baristas after ruling

SEATTLE – The “bikini baristas” in one Washington city might become tank-top baristas following a U.S. appeals court ruling. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court judge’s decision to block the city of Everett from imposing a dress-code on the scantily clad coffee servers.

Spokane Valley City Council adopts ordinance on barista attire

At least one man used his smartphone to record the moment for posterity when the Spokane Valley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to enact a new ordinance aimed at regulating the attire of baristas. The vote also touched off a brief standing ovation, which stopped when Mayor Tom Towey politely asked for an end to the outburst for decorum’s sake.

Barista ordinance advances in Spokane Valley

A crowd filled the Spokane Valley City Council chambers Tuesday to hear the council vote to advance an ordinance regulating barista attire. Two people spoke in favor of the ordinance, praising the council members for their decision.

Bikini Barista issue goes to Spokane County officials

The battle over bikini baristas moved this week to the Spokane County Courthouse, as county commissioners said they will hear from the public on their own version of an espresso stand dress code. County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said she has received numerous emails from constituents asking the county to consider a minimal clothing law for servers at java stands in the unincorporated county.

Spokane Valley council crafts proposal to address barista wear

The Spokane Valley City Council seemed pleased Tuesday with a proposed ordinance crafted to address topless baristas at a coffee shop just two doors down from City Hall. The council received several hours of complaints earlier this month from people offended by baristas wearing only g-strings and pasties on some days. The ordinance stipulates that at least half of a woman’s breast must be hidden with a “full and opaque covering.” Body paint and liquid latex do not count as a covering. Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.