News

Landlord issues owners of ‘Fuckoffee’ café with legal threat over ‘offensive’ sign

By on
57

South London coffee shop told to remove sign from exterior of building immediately

Lead

Owners of South London-based café “Fuckoffee” have been issued with a legal threat by their landlord, demanding the immediate removal of their “offensive sign”.

The letter — that was issued by London firm SA Law on behalf of the property owner — has now appeared on social media courtesy of the café’s official Twitter account.

The legal threat, received by the Bermondsey café owners earlier this week, claims the rude sign that appears to have been erected without the landlord’s permission constitutes “trespass”.

The strongly-worded letter continues, requesting Fuckoffee owners to:

…immediately remove the sign above the Property shop front “Fuckoffee” and make good any damage caused to the exterior of the building.

If the café owners fail to do so? Well it appears the landlord is happy to go to court, with lawyers telling the coffee shop proprietors:

…our client will have no option but to remove the sign themselves or issue court proceedings seeking an injunction requiring you to remove the sign.

Support for the café has already gained momentum online, with a petition being hastily set up to save the sweary-sign and the British sense of humour more generally.

It’s not clear how “Fuckoffee” owners intended to proceed, but with a crudely drawn penis covering the law firm’s letter head, it would appear they’re taking the matter seriously.

Read the letter in full:

Lead

57 Comments

Anonymous

“Fuckoffee” is just unimaginative and crude.

They should have gone with “Fucoffee” – takes the swear word out of the name and is more ambiguous.

On the basis of their pig’s fart like behaviour in putting the “k” into the name, I agree with the landlord.

(29)(11)

Crudely Drawn Phallus

Whilst agree with your opinion that ‘Fucoffee’ would be somewhat more elegant, I think you’re wrong to agree with that prudish little pinhead of a landlord.

Judging by the reaction this is getting online, no one but that guy is offended by that sign, so I think he oughtta keep collecting the rent and shut up. Fuckandlord.

(20)(5)

Mortified of Tunbridge Wells

I love it! It’s so clever and hip. Gosh you Londoners really know how to push the boundaries! Please tell me how to grow a beard like the one you inevitably have and could you tell me where you got your right arm decorated so tastefully?

Yours fuckaithfully (am I doing it right?),

Linda

(54)(3)

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells

Dear MoTW,

Cease and desist passing off immediately.

Yours sincerely,

DoTW

(10)(2)

Chippy Chazza

Loool congrats on being a chippy you little amusing bogan.

No one forces you to live outside of London sweetie, there’s plenty of room for you to see us hipsters up close.

(4)(15)

Anonymous

I wonder if the proprietors are Australian

Ozemite

stfu or imma rek u weak beta fggit

Anonymous

Can we get a “report” function for comments like this please LC?

Ozemite

Fggt.

Fuckoffee Barristah

You’re so funny, I think you deserve the ‘Funny Kunt of the Year’ award by LC. Can someone please mail it to dear Linda?

P.S. Fuck off.

(3)(2)

Lord HAWHAW

oooh you’re well ‘ard

Oz so hard

Fggt.

Steven

Surely the sign itself isn’t actually rude, we all know what it is supposed to say but it doesn’t actually say it. Also, who gives a s**t, I mean if people were really that offended they simply wouldn’t use the cafe, problem solved. If people are using the cafe then the only person who is offended is the landlord. The law firm is just doing their job and they are hardly going to advise their client that ultimately this sign is not going to impact on their business and perhaps they should, in future, work a little more closely with their tenants. I don’t agree with the coffee shop owner, the name is just puerile but I don’t agree with the landlord, life is just too short to get hot under the colour about stuff like this.

(3)(2)

Robin Tudge

“if people were really that offended they simply wouldn’t use the cafe, problem solved. If people are using the cafe then the only person who is offended is the landlord.”

No, the landlord AND the people who as you’ve said WOULDN’T use the cafe because they’re offended – as well as anyone in the locale who wouldn’t go to any such cafe but think ‘what the Hell is this?’

(1)(1)

Anonymous

The sign is on the outside you baboon. It matters not whether you go inside or not.

(8)(0)

Anonymous

I like FORCOFFEE

(1)(1)

Anonymous

U For Coffee?

(0)(0)

Subunderlease

Embarrassingly badly drafted letter. And the solicitors should have saved their client some money by telling the client to get the London Borough of Southwark to deal with it.

(17)(0)

Anonymous

Pursuant to which authority? Not challenging this, just curious. Excuse my ignorance.

(1)(1)

Subsubunderlease

Section 225F, TCPA 1990.

(1)(0)

Planning pedant

s.225 only applies to advertisements displayed in contravention of the Regulations (the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007). Those Regulations provide broad classes of advertisements which do not require the specific consent of the Council. I strongly suspect that unless the sign is illuminated, deemed consent is given under these regulations, and the Council would have no planning powers to take action.

(2)(1)

Subpedant

I respecfully disagree. The sign is offensive and, if Southwark receives enough complaints about it, it will do something about it. The Met Police might even do something about a sign like that.

Lord HAWHAW

What’s embarrassing is the sign. I mean really, I could get behind them if the name was funny, intelligent or generally well done but “Fuckoffe” is just so cringey, lazy and angsty. There is no effort behind it and when I hear it I just imagine some ‘whiter than sour cream’, pimply, sheltered suburban teen, coming up with that name while listening to copious amounts of Linkin Park.

(2)(1)

Fuckoffee Inc.

Fggt.

(1)(2)

Pantman

Do you really think there is a clause in the lease that bans offensive signs? If not, surely they just need “sign”.

Reminds me of the judge who requested that a juror be dismissed on the basis that the latter was wearing a FCUK t-shirt.

(5)(0)

Anonymous

Awful ‘banter’ shown by the owners with such a crude name. Its not funny and looks stupid.

(11)(2)

Anonymous

Damn good coffee though.

(2)(0)

Anonymous

Its most likely a cup of milk and sugar with a dash of caffeine.

(2)(1)

Anonymous

So a coffee then…….

(2)(2)

Chippy Chazza

Keep drinking your Costa-brewed shite then, redneck.

(5)(0)

Anonymous

Cop coffee is real coffee. Should be like rocket fuel.

Caffeine Connoisseur

Is that a café, ‘Cop Coffee’ or do you just mean the greasy guff they serve at a local Texaco station? Genuinely interested.

Anonymous

Coffee shop made “cop coffee” rather than instant shit poured by a till operator.

Sandman

Leases will usually have an “immoral purposes” clause. I would have thought that using the exterior of the building to place an offensive sign might amount to an immoral purpose.

Alternatively, if the sign itself is illegal (I assume there some kind of law against displaying offensive signs in public), then the tenant may be in breach of a convenant to only put the property to lawful use.

(1)(1)

Gumbril

The hipster pursuit of edginess is certainly a contemptible purpose, not so sure about immoral.

(1)(0)

Thom

Those who think the coffee shop owner is a bearded hipster could not be more wrong. He is an avid hipster basher as his twitter account attests

(2)(0)

Cereal Cafe Custodian

I wouldn’t pay any attention to them mate, they’re just a bunch of chippy rednecks.

(2)(0)

Hollie

Clearly this landlord doesn’t have real problems to deal with in life. Oh how nice that must be <3

(2)(6)

Pantman

Apart from looking after his business interests, obviously.

(7)(0)

Anonymous

Why is the letter addressed to somewhere in the BVI?!

(1)(2)

Anonymous

Good opportunity to evoke the response given in Arkell v. Pressdram

(2)(7)

Anonymous

Thanks Mr Hislop!

(1)(2)

Robin Tudge

It’s a canny bit of attention seeking, but I’d guess their customers for their coffee and buns would come without this adolescent aggression, while others will not patronise such a place. Why would you come to an area with the intention of upsetting anyone?

(0)(0)

Sheikh Rahtul Ahnrol

Drink much coffee. Nervous pupils and trainees especial!

(0)(0)

Disgusting of Tunbridge Wells

Someone should write to the PM about it.

(0)(0)

Victor Meldrew

If you happen to be taking your kids past this and they read it at ages 6 & 7 then you will understand why it is daft. Why not just call it C*ntCoffee, where is the line to be drawn?. We have rules in society and it is just to help us all live together without conflict. I think this causes harm.

(3)(3)

Father Ted

I don’t believe it

(1)(1)

Flogg

Don’t have kids then, idiot. They’ll only cost you anyway.

(1)(0)

Steve R

I can’t find a company that comes close to that on the letter but Akara Building, 24 De Castro Street, Wickham Bay, Road Town, Tortola, BVI has 18 companies listed so it looks like the lawyers have addressed it to the wrong people in the first place. I agree with the first poster about being more subtle with the sign would be far more appropriate but given that the instructions have come from a company in genteel Kent, owned by 2 people, aged 58 and 60 who I doubt have any sense of humour. Since the sign is quite small the coffee shop could move it inside their window and thereby “satisfy” the terms of the lease and still have their sign, whilst making their point to the lawyers heavy handed approach.

(0)(2)

Father Ted

Down with this sort of thing!

(1)(1)

Dougal

Careful now……

(0)(1)

Mrs Doyle

Anyone for tea?

(0)(2)

Father Jack

That would be an ecumenical matter

(0)(0)

Steve R

Not quite which action your are down with but I’ll get on my knees and pray 🙂

(0)(1)

Anonymous

Not sure if you’re up to the banter here old chap.

(2)(0)

MalcolmX'sMum

everyone’s stupid except me

(1)(0)

Kuzka's Mother

They do good coffee.

(1)(0)

Comments are closed.