Subway’s footlong comes up short

January 25, 2013

Olivia Gorsuch, a freshman secondary math education major and sandwich artist for Subway, constructs one of the shop’s famous footlongs. - Photo by Derek J. Amaya


Staff Reporter


Give them an inch; they take a mile. In this case if you don’t give them an inch they won’t take the sandwich at all.


The controversy of a photo posted by an Australian man to Subway’s Facebook page showing a famous footlong sandwich measuring as 11 inches has caused uproar around the globe.


It has some Tech students questioning whether they are getting what they pay for when visiting restaurants, while others do not see why there is such a focus on the scandal.


Tania Johnson, a sophomore communication design major, said she is not surprised about the sandwich being shorter than advertised.


“They aren’t the only company cutting the corners,” Johnson said. “That’s why we shake the handle before we hang up the gas pump. I say if you’re going to get 11 inches you should dine in and get some extra refills. Like Madea says, ‘I gotta get them before they get me, cause if they get me, everybody getting got.’”


Although Johnson expects shortcomings like this from businesses, her roommate Acqunette Nathan, a senior family and child studies major, said she does not think the sandwich measuring shorter is worthy of the attention it is receiving.


“I’m sure the length of the bread isn’t 12 inches every time but is this really something to raise a ruckus about?” Nathan said. “People get cheated at restaurants all the time. At McDonald’s, I’ve ordered a 10-piece chicken nugget and only got nine. I am sure I’m not the only one it has happened to and I don’t see people going crazy about that.”


The Tech Talk was unsuccesful in getting an employee to go on record to discuss the issue.


Similar to Nathan’s response, an employee at a local Subway restaurant, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that the incident could happen if a worker is not doing his or her job according to restaurant procedure.


“The bread pans are molded to only bake 12-inch loaves,” the Subway worker said. “The only way it could come out shorter is if a worker doesn’t let the dough sit, so it can self-rise.”


The worker said he has not encountered any complaints since the story broke.


“Business has been normal,” the Subway worker said.


Business will continue to flourish with students like Victor Saber, a junior business management major, who said he gets what the problem is, but he does not think people should be so caught up in the issue.


“Personally, I get what the big deal is but I don’t think we should be making too much of a big deal out of this,” Saber said. “I mean to me, a sandwich is a sandwich, no matter how long, short, big or small it is. It’s still a sandwich.”


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