Subway sued over “footlongs” that aren’t
The suit may be the first legal filing aimed at the sandwich shops. The embarrassment went viral last week when someone posted a photo of a footlong and a ruler on the company's Facebook page to show that the sandwich was not as long as advertised.
At the time, the company issued a statement saying that the sandwich length can vary a bit when franchises do not bake to the exact corporate standards.
Stephen DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he's had sandwiches from 17 shops measured - and every one came up short. He points to how McDonald's quarter-pounders are advertised as being that weight before they are cooked.
Even though the alleged short of a half-inch or so of bread is relatively small, it adds up, he said. Subway has 38,000 stores around the world. Nearly all stores are owned by franchisees and its $5 footlong specials have been a mainstay of the company's ads for five years.
Critical thinking challenge: Should Subway get sued, or is this silly?
Define these words: alleged, franchise
- Posted on January 23, 2013