Mar 3, 2010 10:18 AM by Associated Press

Colorado bikini ad for Perky Cups coffee bothers some

Officials say a bikini and the First Amendment provide enough coverage for a model advertising a suburban Denver coffee shop called Perky Cups.

Aurora City Council member Molly Markert calls the picture on the 10-by-20-foot banner "degrading to women," but she says it's legal. Markert says she had city employees measure the banner, and it conforms with city size restrictions.

Robert Rogers, a city attorney, says the content is protected by the First Amendment.

Perky Cups owner Jason Bernal says people have come into the shop to complain, but one stayed to buy a burrito and coffee. He says the sign has been great for business but he's not sure how long he'll leave it because of the complaints.

He says he wants to be a good neighbor.


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