In the latest development to convince you that California is now a commy enclave, residents in the town of Chico are complaining about female baristas wearing little more than lingerie or swimwear.
Bottoms Up Espresso, aka the “bikini coffee shop,” is planning to expand in the town, adding to its six other locations in the state, but locals aren’t too keen about the idea of scantily clad baristas, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record.
Among the critics is Sarah Schneeweis, the owner of a nearby dance school.
“The concern is that Hype Dance has 300-plus students coming in and out weekly and their exposure to the business is out of the kids’ control. This is their home, where they feel safe and comfortable,” Schneeweis said.
“This dance studio is full of impressionable children,” she added.
Company founder Nate Wilson of Modesto told the newspaper the attire worn by the women is no different from beachwear.
“It’s not anything you wouldn’t see at a swimming pool, or beach,” Wilson explained.
The owner said women make up a large part of their clientele “because it’s a fun, outgoing business,” adding that some even bring their children.
Wilson also stressed that there was a strict dress code.
“We’re trying to keep it classy, not trashy,” he told the Enterprise-Record. “There are no G-strings. We have a handbook and employee policies. Those policies help keep employees presentable.”
Chico Mayor Sean Morgan isn’t exactly cheering for the coffee shop’s success.
“It’s unfortunate someone would come from out-of-town and put a business like this on one of our busiest intersections,” the mayor said in an email. “Because the business doesn’t violate any City Code — they make money selling coffee — there isn’t anything ‘immediate’ that government can do.”
And he certainly didn’t endorse Bottoms Up Espresso.
I can’t imagine the people of Chico will support such a concept, especially in that location,” Morgan continued. ” I expect the business to flame out and do so quickly as Chico already has a number of very successful, tasteful, well-run coffee houses.”
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