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Nathan Fielder Says Dumb Starbucks Could Land Him Jail Time

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Dumb Starbucks' greatest threat turned out not to be its gleeful trolling or the attorneys at Starbucks, but the county health department.

CEO and Comedy Central prankster Nathan Fielder talked to Jimmy Kimmel last night about his venture that had Angelenos waiting in line for hours for crummy pastries from Vons and mediocre coffee. On Monday, Fielder revealed that he was the brains behind the project—just as the county health department announced that it would be shuttering Dumb Starbucks.

Fielder told Kimmel, "We have to deal with the health board right now, we met with them today and apparently, I just really found this out: the penalty is up to six months in jail, so we're trying to be very nice to them."

Kimmel offered to meet up with this buddy Mayor Eric Garcetti and put in a good word for Fielder (which would probably be more helpful if the county health department was under Garcetti's jurisdiction).

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It'd be pretty silly if Fielder spent any time in jail, but we did look up the California Retail Code to figure out who can get out of being considered a regulated food facility:

A church, private club, or other nonprofit association that gives or sells food to its members and guests, and not to the general public, at an event that occurs not more than three days in any 90-day period.
A for-profit entity that gives or sells food at an event that occurs not more than three days in a 90-day period for the benefit of a nonprofit association, if the for-profit entity receives no monetary benefit, other than that resulting from recognition from participating in an event.

So maybe as Fielder considers his expansion plans (* wink wink *), he should consider running his venture out of church or donating the proceeds to a homeless shelter or something.