Los Angeles – A store called “Dumb Starbucks,” with no affiliation with the actual Starbucks chain, has reportedly opened in Los Angeles. According to the Wall Street Journal, the store opened, offering free coffee, on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The storefront looks similar to the storefront of an actual Starbucks and has a similar-looking mermaid logo with the words “Dumb Starbucks Coffee,” and the lettering “Dumb Starbucks Coffee” is also displayed over the front entrance. The products all reportedly have the same name as Starbucks offerings with the word “dumb” in front.
Ownership of the store, which on Saturday had two employees who did not give details of their employment, is unclear. However, customers were given a handout stating that for legal reasons the store is considered a work of parody art and the coffee being served is art. The handout also stated the store is not an attempt to call Starbucks dumb and that the owners view Starbucks as “role models.”
A Starbucks spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the company is investigating the matter.