Cafe boss faces jail after holding barista interviews with female applicants while naked

A COFFE bar owner in northern England tried to conduct face-to-face interviews with female job hunters while he was naked.

David Richards was facing a jail sentence today after he admitted inviting three female would-be baristas to Rioco’s coffee bar in the city of York, then greeting them in the nude.

The 53-year-old sent text messages to two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, and a woman in her 30s, who were interested in a job, and arranged to “interview” them on separate days, The York Press reported.

When each applicant knocked on the door of his office, Richards was naked, Prosecutor Rob Galley told York Crown Court.

He told them he was in the middle of getting dressed but then attempted to proceed with the job interview without any clothes on.

All three of the shocked applicants fled the premises and complained to the police, who arrested the businessman.


Richards initially protested his innocence, but on the day of his trial, he changed his plea and pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent exposure.

Judge Stephen Ashurst ordered probation officers to assess the risk Richards poses to other women before sentencing takes place later this month.

He said of the three victims: “Each was effectively tricked into going to his work premises.”


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