This comes from our news partners at My Edmonds News, involving a bikini barista stand on the Lynnwood/Edmonds border:
Edmonds police have arrested three baristas and the owner of the Java Juggs espresso stand on Highway 99 on charges including prostitution and illegal exposure.
According to Sgt Don Anderson, police launched an investigation into potential illegal activities at the espresso stand, located at the southwest corner of Highway 99 and 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds, after receiving numerous citizen complaints about baristas exposing themselves to customers. The investigation ended last week with the arrest of three baristas and the business owner, Anderson said.
Edmonds police officers working in plain clothes and posing as customers obtained video evidence of several violations during the course of this investigation. Most of the violations involved employees exposing themselves to customers for large tips, but also included physical contact with the barista in exchange for money. The investigation revealed that the business owner, a 49-year-old Snohomish resident who owns three Java Juggs espresso stands in Edmonds and South Everett, was also involved in these activities.
The stand owner was arrested and booked on June 30 on three counts of prostitution and one count of permitting prostitution. Three additional employees who were not physically arrested will be facing charges as well, Anderson said.
Edmonds police are working with the Snohomish County Health Department and the City of Edmonds Code Enforcement Office to address any other business licensing or code enforcement issues that may be associated with the business as it continues to operate, he said.