‘Dumb Starbucks” Already In Trouble With Real Starbucks

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-10 10:27:58-05

02-10-14 Dumb StarbucksNEW YORK (CNNMoney)(Beb. 10, 2014) — Starbucks to Dumb Starbucks: You can’t use our trademark

The real Starbucks isn’t happy with the parody coffee shop calling itself Dumb Starbucks that’s popped up in Los Angeles, and wants the faux baristas to drop the act.

“We appreciate the humor but they can’t use our name,” Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told CNNMoney. “It’s a protected trademark. It’s our trademark.”

The shop called Dumb Starbucks opened its doors this weekend in L.A. and the baristas gave away free coffee until they ran out, according to news reports. Located in a strip mall next to a laundromat, the shop reportedly mimics the Starbucks menu, but places the word “dumb” in front of every product.

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