Bikini Baristas Charged With Prostitution

Girls at Grab-n-Go coffee shop gave customers a little extra
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 4:32 PM CDT
Some coffee baristas are under arrest and charged with lewd conduct.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Five bikini baristas at a Washington coffee stand were charged with prostitution today after an undercover police investigation. Police say the women sold extra services from the stand—quick flashes of nudity, licking whipped cream off their co-workers, allowing customers to grope them, etc. That kind of for-pay touching, the Herald reports, counts as prostitution. And the coffee stand's name? The Grab-n-Go.

Police have received complaints about the stand—where employees are generally young and bikini-clad—since it opened, but stressed that the current matter was not about apparel. “This was about alleged conduct, not about what the women were wearing,” said a police sergeant. “They could have been wearing parkas and if they continued to conduct themselves that way, we still would have filed the criminal charges."