'Dumb Starbucks' can't outsmart health inspectors

Updated: Wednesday, February 12 2014, 12:53 AM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The brains behind the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop generated a lot of buzz with their publicity stunt - but they couldn't outwit health inspectors, who shut the store on its fourth day for operating without a valid permit.

The television comedian who opened the shop had insisted he didn't need a permit because the space was legally an art gallery and the coffee was art, not a beverage.

Los Angeles County health inspectors disagreed, and by Monday afternoon told the shop to stop serving coffee before posting a "notice of closure" by the front door.

Canadian comic Nathan Fielder told a crowd Monday afternoon that he was pursuing the "American dream," before acknowledging that he planned to use the bit on his Comedy Central show "Nathan For You."
'Dumb Starbucks' can't outsmart health inspectors
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