A Parody Starbucks Is Now Open For Business In Los Angeles
Parody twitter feeds are one thing, but opening a parody business takes spoofing to a whole new level. A store called Dumb Starbucks opened this weekend in Los Angeles. Everything about the coffee shop is identical to a real Starbucks except the coffee is free and everything — including the menu and the CDs — has the word “dumb” in front of it. Although no one is taking credit for the “work of art parody,” a FAQ letter that hung inside Dumb Starbucks claimed that legally, the space is not coffee shop but an art gallery:
“The ‘coffee’ you’re buying is considered the art. But that’s for our lawyers to worry about. All you need to do is enjoy our delicious coffee!”
Naturally, real Starbucks made a statement assuring customers that they are in no way affiliated with Dumb Starbucks. “We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark,” said a Starbuck’s rep.
If Dumb Starbucks’s coffee is better than real Starbucks, then I’m in. [USA Today]