‘Dumb Starbucks’ Likely To Hear From Real Starbucks Lawyers

Coffee giant says it is "evaluating next steps" over trademark violation

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Starbucks doesn’t think the “Dumb” Starbucks parody store in Los Angeles is all that funny.

“We are aware of the store, it is not affiliated with Starbucks. We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark,” a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement.

The store–which looks just like your average Starbucks–opened last weekend offering drinks like the “Dumb Caramel Macchiato” and the “Dumb Chai Tea Latte.” The store’s owners say it is a real business, but describes it as a work of parody art to avoid litigation.

Unfortunately for them, Starbucks’ lawyers are not dumb.