So Andrew and I were on our weekly date and had an interesting conversation. For some time now I have been pondering the fate of the barista's at our local Bikini Coffee Co. It's bad enough that they poor girls are really just eye candy for oogling men who need a caffeine fix. Ick. But, I also feel they are really putting their midsections in danger. My concern is that their bare skin is in close proximity to hot steaming milk. One false move and you've got a major burn and there goes your pretty midriff for the coming summer not to mention the risk of infection if the burn is not cared for properly. I wonder, do they get to do their training in a one piece? Maybe they work up to a bikini once they're more experienced.
If you look at any successful coffee company (Starbucks) you'll see that they wear aprons and not just the little waist aprons, the full front long ones that really protect your clothes. Yes, they also wear clothes. Not the girls at BCC. They wear, as the name implies, bikinis, or at least bikini tops. I'm not really sure because I refuse to support a business that would demean a good cup of coffee like that. It's pretty gross for the consumer to be buying a beverage from a partially clothed server. Honestly, I want as little of you near my mocha as possible.
So our discussion began with this subject and moved to what I've been wondering. What is the dress code for a guy that wanted to work there? Would he have to wear a bikini? Weird. Would he go topless? Ewww... think of the hair! It seems there would be no place for him there without a serious health code violation. Do they make full body hair nets? So, to me, the Bikini Coffee place just seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, either for burned barista bellies or for bummed out boys with body hair who are refused a position.
Then we discussed other similar jobs where the focus is sexual appeal paired with food or drink. Do guys work at Hooters? We've never been there so we don't know. Do they wear tight shirts and short shorts? Again, eww! Andrew thought maybe they'd work in the back or as the grunt workers letting the girls do the flirty stuff upfront to get people in the door. Ya, that seems right, but hardly fair, I bet the guys get to wear comfy shorts.