FBI Surveils Bikini Baristas, Sergeant Busted in Sex Sting! Don’t Cops (and Feds) Have Better Things to Do?!

Good law enforcement agencies know to take their time when staking out bikini barista establishments suspected of operating prostitution rings. It’s important to pose as customers to witness lewd acts first hand and it’s absolutely crucial to spend many months pouring over surveillance footage. In fact, you might want to call upon federal agents to provide some extra surveillance footage.

In Snohomish County, Washington a very thorough bikini barista investigation has spanned approximately nine months, involved at least two local police departments (Everett and Kent) as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI, and yielded multiple arrests for prostitution and related offenses. Among those caught in the sting operation was Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell O’Neill, who would allegedly warn bikini baristas about undercover officers in exchange for sex (yes, even while in uniform).

But c’mon, don’t cops (and feds) have better things to do?!

The Sheriff’s Department recenty formed a special task force devoted to catching violent offenders, and during a recent sweep, officers spent three whole days catching bad guys. Not a bad idea. In fact, maybe officers should spend less time staking out (and having sex with) bikini baristas and more time hunting down violent criminals--after all, many are still on the prowl.

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  • Dweebston||

    Better yet, can we put the lot of them on vice detail so they're not shooting dogs or forcibly feeding women pavement? I'll take fewer knockers serving me coffee if it means serving fewer knockless warrants.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    "Don't Cops (and Feds) Have Better Things to Do?!"

    The rhetorical question that launched a thousand comments...

  • Paul.||

    FBI Surveils Bikini Baristas, Sergeant Busted in Sex Sting! Don’t Cops (and Feds) Have Better Things to Do?!

    Remember, nothing can be cut! Nothing! The government is bare bones! We don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem!

  • PH2050||

    We can't have people doing what they want with their genitalia! It'll be total anarchy!

  • Major Pain||

    "it’s absolutely crucial to spend many months pouring over surveillance footage"

    Bad (and very weak) pun? Bad editing? Unchecked spell checking?

    "Poring." Not "pouring."

  • Seriously?||

    I seriously never knew that.

  • JWatts||

    Me neither. Every day I learn something new is a good day.

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