The current web trend of exposing Starbucks clones worldwide has finally landed in Shanghai, where the Pudong airport has not so much a Starbucks knockoff, but a very poor attempt to cover up what once was a real Starbucks (we think). Gridskipper comments on this Flickr photo:
The most heinous entry yet in our litany of international Starbucks heists: a pre-existing Starbucks in the Shanghai Airport was forcibly removed, though the nameless new coffeshop decided to keep the “COFFEE” part of the Starbucks sign. Observe how the letters have been inexpertly moved to the center and crowded together, then topped with what appears to be a giant coffee photo plate. Both shameless and shameful.
UPDATE: Shanghaiist reader Stephen claims this photo is from Shenzhen, not Shanghai (see his comment below). The photo was tagged “shanghai” and “pudongairport” by the guy who took the photo. What do the rest of you say?
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