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'Dumb' US Starbucks closed after comic reveals stunt

Published on Feb 11, 2014 3:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US health officials closed down a spoof Starbucks coffee shop on Monday shortly after a TV comic revealed himself as the man behind the stunt, which drew media attention and plenty of customers.

The "Dumb Starbucks" cropped up in a Los Angeles neighbourhood on Friday adorned with the signature green logo and signage of the global coffee giant, except with the word "Dumb" sitting above it.

Long lines formed outside the shop over the weekend as word of mouth and social media attracted large crowds, with some people reportedly waiting over an hour to be served.

On Monday Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder, known for a Comedy Central prank show, came forward and said it was his idea.

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