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The parody coffee shop, erected for the Comedy Central show Nathan For You
, was shut down by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Monday for serving food without a health permit.
"The penalty is up to six months in jail," he told Kimmel, "so we're trying to be very nice to them."
But, like a lot of information surrounding Dumb Starbucks - which remained a mystery through the weekend, with some folks guessing that it was some kind of anti-corporate art installation - that claim was thin on facts.
Kimmel continued the folly by saying, "I'll put in a good word with the mayor for you."
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L.A.'s mayor has no jurisdiction over what the county health department or the District Attorney's office do.
In the case of operating a phony coffee shop without a health permit, the punishment is being closed down and staying closed, the Department of Public Health told us.
In extreme cases the department can take a case to the District Attorney's office for recommended prosecution, but for the most part first-time offenses can be remedied by negotiation - in this case closure - - and fines, the department says.
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On Tuesday the department had a hearing with the folks behind Dumb Starbucks and came to the agreement that Dumb was done, we were told.
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Comedian Nathan Fielder told Jimmy Kimmel this week that he could face six months behind bars for his Dumb Starbucks stunt in Los Feliz.