BREMERTON, Wash., June 27 (UPI) -- Officials in a Washington county said they want to classify "sexpresso" stands, coffee shops featuring scantily clad baristas, as "adult entertainment" venues.
Larry Keeton of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development said he has received numerous complaints about the five "sexpresso" stands that have opened in the past year and he wants them classified as "adult entertainment," which would keep out customers less than 18 years of age, KATU-TV, Portland, Ore., reported Monday.
"So now you have to have someone checking the cars as they go through the line making sure all the occupants are 18 (if the regulations are approved)," Keeton said.
Workers at the Espresso Gone Crazy stand near Bremerton said business has been booming.
"Sex sells, and we're the busiest coffee stand in Kitsap County," barista Vanessa Olson said.
Espresso Gone Crazy owner J.J. Wilson said the proposed regulations would hurt business.
"There's a smaller minority of people trying to speak for a large majority," he said.
"There's a lot of vendors we all use, too. This just doesn't touch those in the stand, but out of the stand as well," he said.