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Hooker baristas exposed? Yes, really — coffee shops busted in huge prostitution sting

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A "bikini barista" poses outside of Java Juggs Courtesy of Yelp
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Java Juggs coffee stand in Everett, Washington, after several individuals were arrested for their alleged participation in a prostitution ring Courtesy of ABC News
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Sgt. Darell O'Neill, a 30-year veteran of the county's sheriff's office, faces charges of conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct  after allegedly accepting sexual favors in exchange for details about an undercover investigation. Courtesy of Police photo
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Sgt. Darrell O’Neill

Breastaurants may be all the rage these days, but several Washington state bikini coffee shops have lost all support after a feeble attempt at covering up. Not that covering up was on the menu for their baristas.

The ​bikini baristas brewing up controversy are the servers at Java Juggs Espresso, who have been accused of stirring more than just coffee to perk up their customers. Allegedly complicit in a prostitution ring, six of these Washington waitresses were taken into custody along with owner of the coffee chain and alleged madam Carmela Panico. Snohomish County Sheriff Sgt. Darrell O'Neill — a 30-year veteran of the force no less — was also arrested after police discovered he was allegedly exchanging information about the ongoing investigation of Java Juggs for sex with Panico.

Sexual perks were allegedly off menu items — ranging from flashing for cash to sex for cash. One barista reportedly earned $100,000 in "tips" last year.

The big bust happened last week, and details are still skimpy.

Not that the basic concept behind the business — coffee served by bikini clad young women — was at all fishy to begin with. The company's official slogan? "Some Like It Hot."

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