While Yakima has had an ordinance to regulate "sex-spresso" coffee stands and what their baristas wear on the job for some time now, the issue came up recently in front of the Spokane city council.

On Monday, the Spokane council voted down a proposed ordinance that would have made "bikini baristas" wear more clothing on the job.

The most significant piece of the public exposure ordinance would have had clear language that employees wearing only pasties to cover their breasts and thong underwear would not be allowed.

Though they had several concerns, the constant argument made by proponents of that ordinance was that something must be done to protect the children.

City councilman Mike Fagan drafted the ordinance after getting public input for several months. Fagan said "I believe we will be ringing the dinner bell to a proliferation to a similar type of coffee stand as well as who knows …mom getting her hair done by Sergio in a jock strap?"

City council president Ben Stuckart said that he and the council were not elected to be a morality squad. "I think regulations are okay if they deal with the environment and physical harm, and some people think it's okay to regulate morality, but I think people have different morals so there's a problem there."

The proposed ordinance failed on a 4-2 vote.

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