FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — The fight over the nearly-naked bikini baristas in Forest Grove continues to heat up days before the issue will be discussed at the city council meeting.
The mayor’s office said they’ve been overwhelmed with outraged parents who claim the attire is not appropriate and too close to kids.
Mayor Pete Truax told KOIN 6 News he didn’t know the bikini baristas would be so scantily clad. He said he’s concerned with both parents concerns and with First Amendment rights.
Leah Sizemore, the owner of the coffee shop, said she did not mislead the city by calling the business “DG LLC” on the business application. She also said she was not required to list the business as a bikini coffee kiosk.
Business is doing very well, Sizemore said.
So is a petition to shut the place down. The group is expected to go to the city council meeting on Monday. The concerned mother who began the petition has hired a lawyer and said she’s sure the pasties and G-strings the baristas sometimes wear have got to go.
Oregon law allows a person to walk down the street naked. To be arrested for public indecency requires someone to display sexual intent.
Commercial law is different.
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