Dumb Starbucks shut down

Welp, that didn't take long. A 'parody' coffee shop bearing the familiar name and logo of a certain famous coffeehouse chain was shut down by the Los Angeles health inspectors four days after its grand opening. The 'Dumb Starbucks' coffee shop opened its doors at 1802 Hillhurst Ave. to much fanfare as customers queued in long lines to sample the coffee with names such as "Dumb Espresso" and "Dumb Frappuccino."

The mysterious owner -- who turned out to be television comedian Nathan Fielder -- said the shop was perfectly legal because he used the word "dumb" in front of 'Starbucks'. Felder insisted he didn't need a permit to operate the business because the space was being run legally as an art gallery and the coffee products were art, not beverages.

"By adding the word 'dumb,' we are technically 'making fun' of Starbucks, which allows us to use their trademarks under a law known as 'fair use,'" read a notice on the front counter.

But, as People.com points out, the LA health inspector disagreed. The health inspectors shuttered the shop and placed a "notice of closure" by the front door.

Starbucks corporate brass also took notice of the new kid on the block. A spokesman for the Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. expressed her disapproval of the misuse of the company name.

"We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark," said Laurel Harper in an email to USA Today.

Unlike copyrights, which can be used in cases of parody or editorial news, a registered trademark has different protections.

  • Just Looking

    :tea: <<<< Dumb Overpriced Coffee

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    coffee products were art, not beverages
    --------
    :huh: What was the point of this shop forreal tho :shrugs: Starbucks got that work in it tho :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    They were really looking for an infringement suit, huh?

  • Matchsticks

    I still don't get the "joke" tho... :shrugs:

  • Beta

    :|

  • Smonae

    People put so much time & energy into dumb shyt :coffee:

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    The "joke" was on us in that he make some "dumb" money on this bullchit.

    Reminds of "McDowells" in "Coming to America." :lol:

  • Trendsetter

    :blink:

  • weFukNorNah

    White ppl

  • Matchsticks

    weFukNorNah says:

    White pp
    ________

    You said it....I thought it...

  • cteastcoast

    I'm still trying to understand why this is news

  • http://www.ashland86.com TheRealAshland

    Dummy

  • Just Looking

    Ummm over the weekend the coffee was free :shrug: The new and USA today reported that.

  • weFukNorNah

    Ummm where's Washington Post with the beyobama or baryonce story? ??

  • Smonae

    I still want the story on Keyshia Cole & Boobie :shrugs:

  • flsun99

    :offtopic:
    Who died and made Steve Harvey a relationship guru!? Why are all his shows about relationships? I use to record him on my Direct TV DVR but I had to delete the series. He is milking this relationship ish.

    OAN: I work for a power company. I'm on Storm Duty. I can't go home until Thursday night....and they got THEM sleeping on the floors. Ain't that some ish? My hubby is bringing me a blow up mattress. I don't do floors.

  • Just Looking

    *news

  • weFukNorNah

    Idk..I don't take advice from a man who wore a lace front face... and you pretended it was yours...u the reason these hoes have trust issues..just like Tyrese can't tell me how to make a relationship work when you can't keep one of your own

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    It’s snowing here :woohoo: :cold:
    Wait.. I am still at work :wails: They are talking about it might not stick so they will play it by ear. TRICKS :cry:

  • weFukNorNah

    This shyt in atl won't stick..I'm claiming it..need my valentine watermelon

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    Who died and made Steve Harvey a relationship guru!? He is milking this relationship ish.
    _______________________

    :rofl:
    :yes:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    Nori you are going to get some snow and it gone stick nah hush :spank:
    Nah I need it to clear up by Thursday night… I am headed that way :steer:

  • Just Looking

    MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

    It’s snowing here :woohoo: :cold:
    Wait.. I am still at work :wails: They are talking about it might not stick so they will play it by ear. TRICKS :cry:
    __________
    if it does not stick, will they take you home? Fucckas

    I don't play that. :nono: If they call for snow, I walk in my Directors office and be like, I'm working from home. He smiles and says me too. He live 1.5 miles from the office.

  • weFukNorNah

    Lol. I don't want it to stick tho..out of all the times..

  • weFukNorNah

    I'm working from home :tea:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    I know they say people without kids can give parental advice, unmarried women/side pieces can tell you how to keep a man and that obese people can tell you how to diet. Be cause they can tell you what failed them :shrugs: While there may be some merit to it… it kinda makes you think they are a hyprocrite. Steve and Tyrese irk me because they act like they got the answers
    STEVE YOU AIN’T GOT THE ANSWERS :rules:
    TYRESE YOU AIN’T GOT THE EDUCATION :lame: You slow

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    People in the South are going to learn to stop playing with snow and freezing conditions. This is my third winter living in the Midwest, but I know that the snow isn't the issue. It's the ice that makes driving dangerous. When cars drive on snow, the snow melts. If there is nothing to lower the freezing point of water (salt, sand, gravel, etc.) ice forms. It sure would be a work from home day for me :coffee:

  • OutsidetheBox

    :confused:

    Ever feel like.. I just dont get it? :| I wanna get it... :|

  • OutsidetheBox

    :phew:

    :biggrin: <---me.. cause yall dont get it either! :hug:

  • OutsidetheBox

    :huh: Did I miss the L&HH post? :waiting:

  • weFukNorNah

    I don't have kids but I give advice. .. If you gonna beat them don't leave bruises

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    I haven't seen it yet, Bey, but I have been in and out. Did Carrington ever say when Joey is going to spread his wings and leave the coop? :D

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    @OTB

    I'm waiting on the L&HH post too.
    :coffee:

  • OutsidetheBox

    The “joke” was on us in that he make some “dumb” money on this bullchit.
    Reminds of “McDowells” in “Coming to America.” :lol:
    ___________

    :lightbulbs: :eek: You is smart. And important to your mama :hug:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    I’m working from home
    ______________________
    Shut your face :rofl:
    NORI YOU AIN'T GOT NO JOB :rules:

  • cteastcoast

    Nope but I'm waiting on LHHNY post :coffee:

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    @OTB
    "The “joke” was on us in that he make some “dumb” money on this bullchit.
    Reminds of “McDowells” in “Coming to America.”
    ___________

    :lightbulbs: You is smart. And important to your mama
    _____________________

    :squinteye: at OTB.

  • OutsidetheBox

    :hahaha:

  • Smonae

    Tyrese & Steve both do too much :yes:

  • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

    Why yt people love pretzels so phuckin much?
    :facepalm:

  • weFukNorNah

    Shirley temple died. .I thought she passed a long time ago...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    :newpost:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    OTB :waiting: I want that LHHNY post right nah... While I can talk about it...
    peter last night :crying1: People can say it is scripted but that ish was real! Amina said she didn’t want no secret baby and she wanted it out in the open. Peter would’ve told her to dead that baby and she wanted to be strong enough (for once) to let pole know before he could. He did not want any more kids and now he went from Tara who at least kept a roof over their kids with school aged kids to a brand new baby :pacifier: and a struggling artist …. :facepalm: Them was real tears :lol:

  • OutsidetheBox

    !!!!!! :rofl: Our counter is FULL of pretzels and sesame sticks rat now! Peanut butter filled, cheese filled, plain :rofl: LMAO

  • http://facebook.com/lyfeizajourney ricanlbc

    w**** people have nothing else to do with there $$$. Damn shame!