Will Comedian Behind 'Dumb Starbucks' Get Jail Time? THR
The star of a Comedy Central series reportedly faces the possibility of jail time in connection with setting up a coffee shop that was a parody of Starbucks. The shop, Dumb Starbucks, drew crowds to its Los Angeles location, as we reported this week.
Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Nathan Fielder said he learned that the penalty for operating a coffee shop without a health permit is up to six months in jail, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fielder, the star of the Comedy Central series “Nathan for You,” opened the shop to tape segments for his program.
"Yesterday I did a press conference to talk to the media. Meanwhile -- and this is totally real -- the health department came at that exact moment and shut us down for selling coffee without a health permit," Fielder said.
He added, “We have to deal with the health board right now; we had to meet with them today. I really just found this out that the penalty is up to six months in jail -- so we are trying to be very nice to them."
Fielder said he’s interested in expanding his shop to a second location in Brooklyn -- after dealing with legal issues.