Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Battle of the baristas

Seattle. When people hear that city's name they automatically start thinking of other things they associate with Seattle--rain and coffee--are amongst the top.

There are coffee drive-in shacks every half mile on our main roads. I think they look VERY tacky--all set up in a parking lot with their silly names and menus, "Cool Beans," "Big Foot Java," "Zipperdoodle," to name a few. They are drive-in style, like I mentioned. In the morning there are LONG, LONG, LONG lines of cars full of people with the pre-caffeine jitters. I know we are free to choose--so they are all free to choose their morning beverages. BUT, service is no longer good enough served with a smile. No, now many of these coffee shacks are sporting baristas.

Barista is an italian word for bartender. Baristas prepare and serve coffee with a smile. But now many of these baristas are serving coffee with hardly any clothes on!

I am married to a wonderful man. He told me about a new distraction on his way home from work. He was so disturbed by the outfit one woman was wearing (or hardly wearing) that he decided to not drive that way anymore. Her coffee shack was right up next to the street and the window faces traffic where everyone can see her. (I've driven past this place myself).

Yesterday my husband was talking with some of his employees. One of them is a single mom with four sons. She told everyone how embarrassed she was when she pulled in to one of the drive-ins with her 12- year-old and the lady walked over to take their order, and she was wearing a teeny negligee. The co-worker was shocked and tried to cover her son's eyes. She later told everyone that she had recently found a pornographic magazine in her house.

This led to further discussion on the matters of morality and my husband mentioned how much he didn't like all these baristas and that he'd even chosen to go a different route to and from work. Most of his co-workers are female and they thought he was so cute and sheltered. Oh, yes, a good little Mormon boy. My husband tried to explain to them the link between getting comfortable with viewing soft porn (baristas, for example) and that it's the same addicting path leading to stranger and more disgusting pornography (and actions).

They thought he was wrong, "Oh no!! Some people are just wired that way!" "You've lived a sheltered life," etc....

He disagreed. They expressed more opinions. He told me that they eventually ended the conversation, with everyone agreeing that they have differences, but that they are still considerate of each others' rights to their own opinions.

The scripture in 2 Nephi 28:21 reads, "And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell."

You may call us goodie-goodies. You can call me whatever you want. I will take all the name barraging you can throw at me because I am trying to avoid evil--in any form.


Eileen said...

Amen to that! And it's getting harder and harder as we are being more surrounded by sly evils that creep in slowly.

Melissa said...

What a disgusting display. I wouldn't want my husband daily driving past either. Good for him that he is being so careful.

Micaela said...

Wow! Crazy. I've heard of the salons where the girls are in bikinis and such, but at least you don't really have to see them if you don't go in... How sad that they couldn't see how harmful this is, especially when most of them are women! Why do women think it's OK to dress like that and that it's alright to sell stuff using your body? Oh and how scary would it be to be dressed like that, thinking you're not doing anything and then you've got a stalker/rapist/murderer watching you... Yeah, ok. I guess I've got opinions on this... :)

It really is scary how Satan knows how to lull people into thinking they are safe.

SuburbiaMom said...

Micaela--I totally agree that if you dress liked that some dude would just wait around 'til you got off work and not good things would happen!

Unknown said...

oh the coffee baristas!! i remember when we first moved to seatlle i thought it was so strange h ow nearly every parking lot on every corner had a little drive-up coffee hut. and then over the last year these nasty baristas started popping up! 99 got so bad--just driving to walmart you pass like six. i don't know how sex and coffee got associated with one other, but i agree it is very disturbing. kudos to your hubby for taking a stand against them. i'm a little shocked his co-workers being ladies didn't agree with his side a little more.

Shea said...

I didn't even know this existed. I think it's good that he can have these discussions with his coworkers and respect each others opinions.

Faith Penningtons said...

WHAT???? It is sickening. I loath the fact that sex sells. It is sick how much the morals of the U.S. have sank since even the 50's. Can't we go back? Even the bathing suits then were modest.