A coffee shop modeled and named after Starbucks opened in Los Angeles this weekend, calling itself “Dumb Starbucks” and claiming its right to exist under parody law.
“Although we are a fully functioning coffee shop, for legal reasons Dumb Starbucks needs to be categorized as a work of parody art,” the café’s FAQ page reads. “So, in the eyes of the law, our 'coffee shop' is actually an art gallery and the 'coffee' you’re buying is considered the art.”
Dumb Starbucks looks the same as any other Starbucks chain and even sells the same drinks, although apparently their coffee isn't of the best quality.
According to an unnamed patron who spoke to KCAL9, the lines to get into Dumb Starbucks are an hour long and the coffee isn’t nearly as good as the real thing.
Other patrons suspected that the coffee shop was some sort of TV stunt, claiming they saw cameras in the coffee pots.
The real Starbucks, which is notorious for being protective of its copyright, commented that the company is looking into the matter.
“Do not expect the Los Feliz location to be there for the long haul,” a Starbucks spokesperson reported.