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2013-01-18 06:53:37 PM

had98c: Subway is 100% correct here. It's a trademarked name, not a description of the sandwich.


Aside from there commercials that use either 1' or 12" in reference to their trademarked name sandwiches...
 
2013-01-18 06:54:31 PM
Ohh I get it, footlong is just a term, sounds reasonable...so why does your online order form show this mr smartypants?

BLT

6" Sub 3.25 | 12" Sub 5.00 | Flatbread 3.25 | Salad 4.25

Veggie Max


Not that I care, I just find it funny they took that angle instead of the "uncooked measurement" that is widely used and accepted.
 
2013-01-18 06:54:46 PM

theFword: I would start eating Subways 11" foot longs if they brought back the v-cut.


These whippersnappers don't understand the functionality and beauty of the V Cut.

TEAM V CUT!!!
 
2013-01-18 06:57:46 PM
In french-speaking canadian ads, there was a very annoying jingle for two whole years for the 5$ footlong

Douze pouces, Cinq Dollars
Twelve inches, five dollars
it's hard to cheat when the units are smaller... I need to bring my tape measure next time i got there.

Other sub shops don't use lenghts. Quizno's never did, it's only 3 sizes officially. Then they can apply the magical shrink ray to the food.
 
2013-01-18 06:58:06 PM

A Terrible Human: Holy shiat is this thread angry over an inch of a sandwich.


Hey, do you know how many times I ate a Subway Footlong and ended up feeling only 11/12ths sated? Now that I know the truth, I realize that I did not so much eat those footlongs as I was buttfarked by them.

Subway, you are now my enemy.
 
2013-01-18 06:58:29 PM

vudutek: Jackson Herring: this is literally the saddest thing I have ever seen anyone up in arms about

yeah, false advertising, who cares, right?


Have you ever sent back the extra inch if you got a "footlong" that was actually 13" long because you are honest?

Look: Despite what the "advertising" says, what you are paying is $5 for a SANDWICH. Subway is selling big sandwiches, called "footlongs" for five dollars. It's not like they have other sandwiches of shorter length for other prices; they have the "footlong" for $5, the 6-inch for $3.50, and that's it. You're not paying by the inch. If you were, then you might have an argument here; like when you pay $3.75 a gallon for gas, you better get an actual gallon. But at Subway, you're paying for a whole sandwich, not per inch.

Of course, if it turns out a "footlong" is really seven inches long, so that the thing is the same size as the 6-inch, but almost twice as expensive, then there would be an issue; but it isn't. It is really twice as big, or almost. The fact that it's a little bit shorter is irrelevant, since you're not guaranteed a 12" long sandwich by the advertising.

And unless these idiots can prove that there are not 13" and 14" sandwiches out there, ffs people, get a real problem.
 
2013-01-18 06:58:45 PM
Sounds like another one of Subway's dirty corporate tricks:
polentical.files.wordpress.com

/technically, he's only a week old
 
2013-01-18 06:59:06 PM
I knew it. I told my wife when this whole thing started that "Subway is going to say something to the point of foot long is a name not the size of the sandwich".
 
2013-01-18 07:00:31 PM

Gyrfalcon: And unless these idiots can prove that there are not 13" and 14" sandwiches out there, ffs people, get a real problem.


for a fat person this is a real problem, for us normies it's just something to poke fun at
 
2013-01-18 07:01:13 PM
My ordering experience is even worse than most:

Me: I'd like a footlong whole wheat cold cut combo with everything but jalapenos to go.

Subway: What kind of bread?

Me: I'd like a footlong whole wheat cold cut combo with everything but jalapenos, to go.

S: What kind of meat?

Me: I'd like a footlong whole wheat cold cut combo with everything but jalapenos, to go.

S: What vegetables?

Me: I'd like a footlong whole wheat cold cut combo with everything but jalapenos, to go.

S: Do you want jalapenos?

Me: I'd like a footlong whole wheat cold cut combo with everything but jalapenos, to go.

S: For here or to go?

Etc.
 
2013-01-18 07:04:02 PM

snowshovel: UsikFark: Subby:

"foot is not a unit of measurement"

TFA:

" 'SUBWAY FOOTLONG' is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway® Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length."

Let me show you how to properly misquote that passage to suit your headline:

"[A foot] [...] is [...] not [...] a measurement of length."

This better not be an English Major submission.

"Free Beer Night" is a registered trademake term as a descriptive name for Tuesday Nights at Joe's Bar, and is not intended to imply that there will be free beer served.


Yes, but the quote on the Bar's FB page said "Freedom Beer Night." See how you left off part of a word, kind of how subby left off the "LONG" part of "FOOTLONG," which isn't even a farking word, it's a marketing-induced compound of "foot long." Marketing is bullshiat, which is why there is always a little annotation at the bottom saying "Trained sandwich artist under controlled conditions; SUBWAY is not liable for damages resulting from the use of our sandwich as a measuring tool and does not endorse or condone the behavior portrayed in this commercial or any literature or promotions distributed as part of this advertising campaign; always chew responsibly."
 
2013-01-18 07:04:43 PM

gunga galunga: lennavan: boozehat: I farking hate Subway. The employees there do not have the ability to follow directions. My experience, every time I had to eat there was like this:

I farking hate customers. Customers do not have the ability to give instructions. My experience, when I used to run a hot dog stand in high school was like this:

Customer: Gimme a hot dog with everything except ketchup.
Me: Peppers?
Customer: Nah no peppers.
Me: K. Cucumbers?
Customer: No none of that either.
Me: Pickle relish?
Customer: No, I don't like that.
Me: K here you go.
Customer: Aww dude, onions? Damn I meant to say no onions. Can you make me a different one?

Yeah, there's a reason this was your experience:

boozehat: Me: Salami sandwitch please
Employee: Sure, would you like mustard?
Me: Sure, everything but tomatoes please.
Employee: Mayo?
Me: uh... yeah, everything but tomatoes.
Employee: Lettuce?
Me: ........ 8-|
Employee: Sir, would you like lettuce?
Me: I'm sorry... I thought I was talking but you couldn't hear me. Sure, Everything execpt tomatoes.
Employee: Would you like tomatoes?

Here's my pet peive. Employees who can't tell the difference between "for here" and "to go". And it's not just Subway. I have this issue at a lot of places. And the two things don't even sound alike. How the hell is that so confusing for so many people?

Employee: Will that be for here or to go?
Me: That will be for here.
Employee: Okay. To go.
Me: No. For here.
Employee: Huh?
Me: For. Here.
Employee: But I thought you said "to go".
Me: No, I said for here.
Employee: *sighs as he corrects the order*

Then later when he hands me my "to go" bag.

Employee: Here's your order.
Me: I said I wanted that for here.
Employee: You said you wanted that to go.
Me: I said at least three times I wanted that for here.
Employee: *sighs as he pulls out a dine-in tray*


Always get it "to go". In California you don't pay tax on "to go" orders. If you ask for it "for here" you pay tax. Get it "to go" save 9% and pull it out of the bag and eat it there. Go ahead, no one is going to stop you.

/also no one wants to mention that at TOGO's Sandwiches the large ones are 9"? That's a real rip off.
//good sandwiches though
///great soups
 
2013-01-18 07:07:00 PM
People are dying across the globe, wars are being waged, lives ravaged, and you numbnuts are outraged that a sandwich from some mega-chain might not be exactly 12 inches long.
 
2013-01-18 07:07:43 PM

Jackson Herring: vudutek: Elzar: Dear fatties,

Go be fat somewhere else...

Sincerely,

Subway Management and the rest of us who don't like seeing/smelling your fat fugly asses.

Dear troll,

Some of us get two meals out of a 'footlong', and would really prefer that it actually be a foot long, as advertised.

Sincerely,

Non-fatty

I am sure you are going to miss that extra quarter inch in each of your two meals


For some of us, a quarter inch means a great deal!
 
2013-01-18 07:08:00 PM

gunga galunga: How the hell is that so confusing for so many people?


At that point you are free to assume the employee is smoking some serious doobies.
 
2013-01-18 07:08:13 PM

had98c: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: had98c: Subway is 100% correct here. It's a trademarked name, not a description of the sandwich.

So when GE gets a billion dollars back from the IRS, or a company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, or pays so little as to force their full-time employees on the public teet, are you okay with these? Technically, they are "100% correct". No wonder the corporations get away with everything. Even if this particular issue is just a bit of sandwich, the attitude of letting them get away with it is unhealthy. Give 'em an inch....

Yeah I'm okay with those. There's no need to "let them get away with" anything since they aren't doing anything wrong.


You've a very naive definition of "wrong", and worldview overall.
 
2013-01-18 07:08:39 PM

Elzar: Dear fatties,

Go be fat somewhere else...

Sincerely,

Subway Management and the rest of us who don't like seeing/smelling your fat fugly asses.


I highly doubt anyone actually cares, they're pointedly laughing at an obvious inconsistency.
 
2013-01-18 07:11:48 PM
I don't really give a fark that it isn't exactly 12 inches long. Just don't call it a "footlong."

This isn't that hard.

If you let Subway call an 11" sandwich a footlong, you gotta let all the other misleading advertising bullshiat go.

Believe me, if you let us (advertisers) have an inch, we'll go for a goddam mile.
 
2013-01-18 07:16:37 PM

sarajlewis83: Personally, I'm more concerned about the lettering on the order board of our local Subway that says something to the effect of "All meats are turkey-based"....

.... what?


Turkey tuna salad.... O.o

ewwww
 
2013-01-18 07:19:23 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I don't really give a fark that it isn't exactly 12 inches long. Just don't call it a "footlong."

This isn't that hard.

If you let Subway call an 11" sandwich a footlong, you gotta let all the other misleading advertising bullshiat go.

Believe me, if you let us (advertisers) have an inch, we'll go for a goddam mile.


so you're not a smelly pirate hooker?
 
2013-01-18 07:23:00 PM

optikeye: theFword: I would start eating Subways 11" foot longs if they brought back the v-cut.

These whippersnappers don't understand the functionality and beauty of the V Cut.

TEAM V CUT!!!


I agree.... VCUT FTW!!! NSFW
 
2013-01-18 07:23:14 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: sarajlewis83: Personally, I'm more concerned about the lettering on the order board of our local Subway that says something to the effect of "All meats are turkey-based"....

.... what?

Turkey tuna salad.... O.o

ewwww


It's the Turkey of the Sea.
 
2013-01-18 07:23:41 PM
Next thing you'll tell me is that a Sara Lee pound cake doesn't actually weigh a pound.
 
2013-01-18 07:23:46 PM
I bet the people leading this crusade are presidents of HOAs.

"How tall is that grass?"
 
2013-01-18 07:23:58 PM

Der Poopflinger: Smelly Pirate Hooker: I don't really give a fark that it isn't exactly 12 inches long. Just don't call it a "footlong."

This isn't that hard.

If you let Subway call an 11" sandwich a footlong, you gotta let all the other misleading advertising bullshiat go.

Believe me, if you let us (advertisers) have an inch, we'll go for a goddam mile.

so you're not a smelly pirate hooker?


Nope. See how shameless we are?
 
2013-01-18 07:24:00 PM
I only really eat the meatball sandwiches, and that extra inch sounds like a spot for an extra meatball to me.
 
2013-01-18 07:24:12 PM
We get 15cm and 30cm subs so we dont know what you guys are talking about.
 
2013-01-18 07:29:00 PM
Maybe they can slice the bread in half, like they do, and when they place the top of the sandwich back on, offset it so it's 12 inches. Then the stupid thing will be 12 inches long, and exactly the same amount of bread. The sandwich-measuring idiots will feel like they got a really amazing deal, while they eat their extra linear inch of sandwich.
 
2013-01-18 07:31:44 PM
Has anyone asked Kirk Cameron what he thinks of this?
 
2013-01-18 07:31:48 PM

Jackson Herring: vudutek: Elzar: Dear fatties,

Go be fat somewhere else...

Sincerely,

Subway Management and the rest of us who don't like seeing/smelling your fat fugly asses.

Dear troll,

Some of us get two meals out of a 'footlong', and would really prefer that it actually be a foot long, as advertised.

Sincerely,

Non-fatty

I am sure you are going to miss that extra quarter inch in each of your two meals


Just like your mom misses that extra 1/4" she ain't gettin' from you.
 
2013-01-18 07:35:13 PM

Jackson Herring: this is literally the saddest thing I have ever seen anyone up in arms about


Not really, The bit/byte Kb/KB Mb/MB war happened long ago.
 
2013-01-18 07:36:11 PM

A Terrible Human: Holy shiat is this thread angry over an inch of a sandwich.


www.pridefoundation.org
 
2013-01-18 07:37:48 PM
Psst. Home Depot sells 2x4s that aren't 2" x 4". Prime outrage fodder, right there. When they get their 12" sandwich they can be refreshed and demand that their houses (and indeed, ALL houses) be rebuilt for free.
 
2013-01-18 07:38:20 PM
Now try running a bread baking company across the nation with thousands of employees making around minimum wage and ensure they all bake bread to exactly 11 inches in length.

Subway's dough in the US is prepared and shipped daily from eleven factories nationwide. Modern stores use custom Nu-Vu computer-controlled combo convection oven/proofers, with custom-made silicone pentaloaf bread molds. Ensuring consistent length would be simple, if it mattered; it just requires using enough dough. Size variation is inevitable, but with closed-ended molds and adequate dough, expansion deficiency affects the bread's height, not its length.

sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-01-18 07:38:47 PM
This kind of thing never happens at Chik Fil A.
 
2013-01-18 07:44:25 PM

Kanabiis: People calling for a lawsuit are literally the stupidest people on the planet... yes, every one of you...

False advertising my ass... I'm sure every Big Mac you have ever ate looked just like the one on TV... Did your Toyota really bring you excitement?? How many splatters of ketchup did you really get with your Carl's Jr burger?? I bet your Siri really sings you to sleep...

How about just not buying a Subway sandwich if it really bothers you, nah, Subway owes you a million dollars for hurting your feelings....


The reason for all this false advertising is that they can get away with it. There are too many dumbasses out there (not saying you specifically, but yeah, you) who just accept it as a way of life. The lean six sigma people look at that crowd and decide that cutting another 10% of the toppings, or reducing the package size from 8 to 6, is absolutely workable based on their carefully crafted Excel models.

They need to get their pee-pees smacked once in a while to keep them in line. Bravo to this guy for taking the time to do it.
 
2013-01-18 07:50:54 PM

nburghmatt: first they mess us around with 2x4s that aren't 2"x4" and now this. OOOBAAAAMAAAA!


This!
 
2013-01-18 07:53:13 PM

I_C_Weener: This kind of thing never happens at Chik Fil A.


Jesus comes down and measures every sandwich before it goes out.
 
2013-01-18 07:55:08 PM
gee, has anyone pointed out that no matter what you order they taste the same?

we have little king's here. royal treat combo, please

firehouse is also pretty good

jimmy john is a fascist whoremonger so fark him
 
2013-01-18 07:58:36 PM
I prefer D'angelo's anyways. Subway sandwiches are barely passable.
 
2013-01-18 07:59:54 PM
Is 'Subway Footlong' the equivalent to the '42" class' flatscreens ?
 
2013-01-18 07:59:59 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: Ya know what they call the footlong in Paris?


A royale with cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalepenos?
 
2013-01-18 08:00:29 PM
Meh, it's food. "Close enough" is how everything is done. Measure your "12 inch" pizza some time.

With that said, if they are consistently less than a foot (eg. 11" every single time), never more than a foot, etc. then yeah, they deserve a slap or ten.
 
2013-01-18 08:01:17 PM
Also, you're not losing any food from this. They will just use the same amount of bread except stretch it out more. That's how food is done.
 
2013-01-18 08:03:41 PM
Screw Subway.

For 7 bucks at the Plaza, University of Redlands, I can get this.

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It's almost 18 inches long, and they usually pack so much stuff in it that you walk off with about 7 pounds of sandwich.

Subway's sandwiches, fully loaded, are also about half as tall as mine.
 
2013-01-18 08:04:49 PM
So I can only get a sandwich as long as my foot? Is Subway going to start measuring people's feet now?
 
2013-01-18 08:10:05 PM
We clearly need to hold every baker hostage to the vagaries of yeast. Your bread didn't rise enough? OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!
 
2013-01-18 08:11:45 PM

Omahawg: has anyone pointed out that no matter what you order they taste the same?


That was yesterday's meme, apparently. The new one is the one about some poultry sammich shop.
 
2013-01-18 08:17:45 PM

Yes please: justtray: The marketing campaign argument is actually pretty compelling.

It would be, except they also specify six inch subs, and they'd be hard pressed to explain how they get two of those from a "FOOTLONG" piece of bread. I know, they're supposed to be cut on the diagonal, right? I'd yours wasn't, that's the fault of the individual sandwich artist, not anyone at corporate.


Came here to say that.
 
2013-01-18 08:18:34 PM
Lots of fat-sounding people getting angry over an inch of sandwich on a defective sandwich here.
 
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