Over the weekend, many Thai newspapers had a picture similar to this one of soldiers protesting in front of the ASTV offices on Phra Athit Road in Bangkok. It wasn’t the fact that soldiers were out protesting that caught my attention. It was the logo of a coffee shop in the top right hand corner. Does that say Starbucks or Starbung Coffee?
It does in fact say Starbung Coffee. This Muslim vendor was in the news last year as he had received a “cease and desist” notice from the lawyers of Starbucks. Not surprising as the resemblance is very striking. Obviously nothing came out of it as he is still there today. So, if you fancy a “slighty cheaper” coffee, then head down to Phra Athit Road (see map).
Have you seen any other shop or vendor in Thailand breaking copyright laws? I don’t mean selling fake products as they are everywhere. Have you seen a shop pretending to be something that it isn’t? I once saw a 7-Eleven logo on a mom and pop store in the middle of nowhere!
Since I posted this blog, Karl Dahlfred, a friend on Facebook sent me a picture of another Starbucks wannabe. This one is called Star Wars Coffee. This is what he said: “Starwars coffee isn’t even really a shop but it is woman selling coffee, etc. out of the back of a van (permanently parked outside of 7-11)”.