We're now open for business! Visit us at 1802 Hillhurst Ave in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/WnVefrYM9b— Dumb Starbucks (@dumbstarbucks) February 7, 2014
Dude created a "Dumb Starbucks" store in LA. Tons of people visited it. The guy who created the store is Nathan Fielder (a Comedy Central comedian).
The store is literally - quite nearly - indentical to an actual Starbucks store. In a promotional video, Nathan says he can copy Starbucks in this way because it is meeting the minimum requirements under US law for parody.
A Starbucks spokeswoman says the dude can't use the Starbucks name because it is protected by copyright.
Sadly, the store was shutdown yesterday by LA health inspectors. They said the "Dumb Starbucks" store was operating with out a permit (aka: Starbucks alerted the LA health inspectors to the lack of permit).
News out today that this whole thing was just a stunt for Nathan Fielder's Comedy Central show. Bravo, good sir, bravo.