Topic: bikini baristas
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October 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM
EVERETT (AP) — Police say the service at a bikini espresso stand in Washington state was too hot.
Officers arrested three baristas Wednesday at the Hillbilly Hotties coffee stand in Everett.
Spokesman Aaron Snell tells KOMO that police received complaints the women were exposing body parts and behaving inappropriately.
A 20-year-old and 21-year-old are facing charges of violating the city’s adult cabaret law. A 33-year-old was arrested for investigation of lewd conduct.
August 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM
EVERETT (AP) — A woman accused of using her espresso stands in Everett as drive-thru brothels is suing the city to recover $250,000 she says was wrongfully seized by police.
Carmela Panico owns the Java Juggs and Twin Peaks “bikini barista” stands. She was arrested in June and accused of promoting prostitution, but she has not been charged. The cash was seized in a search of her home in Snohomish.
The Daily Herald reports the lawsuit was filed after Panico was notified that the city planned to keep the cash as proceeds from criminal activity.
Coffee shops in the Seattle area introduced bikini baristas several years ago, hiring attractive young women to serve up steamy espressos and lattes while wearing as little as a G-string and pasties.
June 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Police have arrested a Snohomish County Sheriff’s sergeant for allegedly helping bikini baristas elude an investigation into whether they were peddling sexual acts in addition to coffee.
Sgt. Darrell O’Neill, a 30-year sheriff’s office veteran, was taken into custody Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct, officials said.
Everett police made the arrest after a three-month investigation revealed evidence the sergeant was “providing sensitive information” to the owner of more than a half dozen coffee stands in the Puget Sound area, including a description of an undercover patrol vehicle and advice on how not to get caught, said deputy chief Dan Templeman.
It is unclear what, if anything, O’Neill was allegedly getting in return, Templeman said.
Police also arrested the owner of the coffee stands, a 51-year-old woman; her manager, a 22-year-old woman; and at least two female baristas in their early 20s, Templeman said.
“We have detained at least five individuals, and we are attempting to interview them about these allegations,” he said.
The investigation began in March when the Kent Police Department obtained information about the potential criminal activities and notified the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which turned the investigation over to Everett police.
As part of Everett’s investigation, detectives “observed both in-person and through on-camera surveillance not only lewd conduct but sexual activity at these stands,” Templeman said.
The FBI also assisted with the investigation, he said.
On Tuesday, officers from the Everett, Edmonds and Lynnwood police departments conducted coordinated raids on seven barista stands in Everett, Edmonds, Snohomish and Kent, all belonging to the same owner, Templeman said.
After the arrest, O’Neill was placed on paid administrative leave pending criminal and internal investigations, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton.
March 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Everett Police arrested two owners of Grab-N-Go coffee stands this morning for investigation of sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony.
Bill Wheeler Jr. 29, was booked into Snohomish County Jail and his 27-year-old co-owner was released while prosecutors decide whether to charge him, said Everett Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell. Detectives searched and collected evidence this afternoon at two of the business’ locations: 2030 North Broadway Ave. and 333 S.W. Everett Mall Way.
The 16-year-old Everett girl police allege the owners sexually exploited was arrested last month along with a 29-year-old Seattle woman and 21-year-old Shoreline woman on suspicion of giving adult entertainment at a business not licensed to do so. All were released, but misdemeanor charges were referred to Everett Municipal Court.
Another 23-year-old woman investigated in the undercover operation pleaded not guilty to seven charges today at an arraignment, according to Kate Reardon, a spokeswoman for the City of Everett. Her jury trial date is set for April 29.
Everett detectives worked less than eight hours altogether over a six-week period in their investigation of bikini-barista stand businesses, according to a City of Everett release.
“Detectives quickly learned the alleged criminal conduct could be seen by drivers and passersby,” the release said. “For the North Broadway stand, this included school children who could view the conduct at the stand on their way to and from the nearby middle school.”
Everett police have investigated and charged women for performing lewd acts several times in the past. Kent police have also been investigating bikini coffee bar stands since October and arrested two women last week.
February 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM
Kent police detectives who have been investigating bikini-barista behavior since October arrested two women suspected of committing lewd acts at a drive-through coffee stand called Twin Peaks Espresso.
The women allegedly performed the lewd acts at the stand at 24013 104 Avenue S.E. for coffee tips that ranged from $10 to $25.
According to Kent police, undercover investigators used site surveillance and drive-up contacts to build their case. Several other bikini-barista stands in Kent were investigated but were found to be compliant with local ordinances.
A 23-year-old Mountlake Terrace woman was arrested at the stand Wednesday morning and a 19-year-old Lynnwood woman was arrested later that day at another coffee stand in the Edmonds area. Both were booked into the Kent Corrections Center for violating Kent’s Adult Entertainment ordinance.
Kent police say they plan to charge several other bikini baristas for the same violation.
“These arrests do not signal the end of this investigation,” Kent Police Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said in a statement.
Everett police also recently arrested bikini baristas suspected of lewd acts, but those women were released. That department has investigated the behavior of bikini baristas several times in the past.
February 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Three baristas suspected of serving up adult performances at two Grab-N-Go Bikini Hut coffee locations were arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Everett police.
“We received numerous phone calls alleging more than coffee was being served,” said Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell, after the department’s two-month investigation. “If you drove past sometimes, some said you could see the activity, and I think people were concerned about that.”
Video surveillance allegedly found that some of the coffee business’ customers at two locations, 2030 Broadway Ave. and 333 S.W. Everett Mall Way, paid for performances by the three women but nothing else. Those women include a 29-year-old from Seattle, a 21-year-old from Shoreline and a 16-year-old from Everett.
The business’ Facebook page isn’t shy about advertising its scantily clad employees. The caption for the photo of one woman only wearing underwear, a tie and pasties reads, “Come see Melina Monday – Friday from 4 A.M. – 1 P.M. at Everett Mall Way.”
A job opening posted in November says, “Grab-N-Go Bikini Hut is hiring beautiful woman with great personalities! Must have a car, phone, and open availability. Resume and photos are a must!”
The baristas were specifically violating Everett’s adult cabaret law by giving the performances without a license, Snell said. That law prohibits unlicensed adult-entertainment performances.
The coffee stands’ owner, Bill Wheeler, said the arrests threw him and his employees off-guard.
“I thought it was weird because I have surveillance cameras at my stands, and all [police] have to do is ask to look at it,” said Wheeler, who owns four coffee stands in the area. “If employees do anything out of question, I terminate them on the spot.”
Wheeler said the women were released after questioning Wednesday afternoon.
Snell said detectives are still investigating whether the business’ management was involved in promoting any performances.
The Everett Police Department has investigated the behavior of bikini baristas several times in the past. In 2009, prostitution charges were filed against several women. Another undercover investigation that year alleged several lewd acts were happening at the small stands, including a $20 “whip cream show” featuring a barista licking whipped cream off a co-worker’s groin and breast.
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