‘Hangry’ woman allegedly started fight at Subway over portion size

More and more Subway customers are unhappy with the chain's rising prices, shrinking portions, and 'mystery meat' food quality ... | PLUS: Is Subway's tuna footlong really worth $9.99?

(ABC 6 News) – A Minnesota woman faces charges of 5th-degree assault, 4th-degree burglary, and terroristic threats after a disagreement over the size of her Subway sandwich turned physical.

According to Olmsted County Court documents, police responded Thursday, Aug. 25, to a fight at a Subway restaurant located at 1507 Highway 14 E. in Rochester.

Vanessa Wright, 33, told officers that when she confronted an employee about her sandwich being too small, the employee assaulted her and attempted to lock her in the store.

However, when police officers obtained security footage of the incident, they observed employees telling Wright to leave as she told a worker she planned to grab and “beat” him.

Wright was also visible on video striking an employee with a gift card holder on the counter, according to court documents.

“Fast-food restaurants are rethinking their value strategies, reports CNBC. They’re cutting back on portion sizes, raising prices and pushing more digital deals to entice people to sign up for rewards programs and download their apps.” – Association For Convenience & Fuel Retailing, Aug 9, 2022

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Other video segments showed employees pushing Wright out of the store and shutting the door, after which she fought her way back in to continue the physical alternation … READ MORE. 

Aug 24, 2022

Subway sells out of Footlong Pass subscriptions

Tuna footlong now goes for $9.99,  but what’s actually in it? 

Axios – The days of Subway’s nationwide $5 footlong deal are long gone, but the chain is launching its first sandwich subscription that will cut prices in half for September.

Why it matters: Fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, have said consumers are hungry for deals and rewards as inflation has taken a bigger bite out of their budgets with recent food price increases.

The big picture: The $15 “Footlong Pass” subscription offers 50% off a footlong each day in September when ordered on Subway’s app or website with daily digital codes. The pass is not available in Iowa and limitations apply.

“The concept of ‘shrinkflation’ has been in the news a lot lately. As the price of food [rise], both casual and sit-down restaurants have been shrinking portion sizes. Sandwich chain Subway decreased the amount of meat in its rotisserie-style chicken sandwiches.” Jackson Progress-Argus, Aug 31, 2022

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10,000 passes went on sale starting at 8am ET Aug. 24 through a special website for Subway MyWay Rewards members.

The passes sold out in six hours, Subway told Axios.

Several Twitter users said they experienced issues trying to buy the pass, including error messages and the page resetting.

Between the lines: Businesses like Subway are looking to drive loyalty through deals to increase online sales and build larger customer databases, which helps them get more data and customize offers.

By the numbers: Subway prices vary by location and by sandwich, meaning the potential pass savings also vary, but in some cases, subs will cost less than $5.

On the chain’s app, a tuna footlong cost $9.49 at a New York City restaurant and $9.99 in a Coral Springs, Florida, location … READ MORE. 

A U.S. judge rules that Subway can be sued over its ‘100% tuna’ claim

BILL CHAPPELL, July 13, 2022

NPR – A federal judge says a woman’s lawsuit against Subway can move forward, refusing the restaurant chain’s request to dismiss the suit that alleges its tuna sandwiches “partially or wholly” lack tuna.

Plaintiff Nilima Amin of Alameda County, Calif., says Subway misled her and other consumers by saying its sandwiches and other products contain “tuna” and “100% tuna.”

Amin’s lawsuit cites a marine biologist who analyzed 20 samples of tuna offerings from 20 different Subway restaurants and found “no detectable tuna DNA sequences whatsoever” in 19 samples. But, Amin says, the samples did contain other types of animal DNA, such as from chicken and pork.

Subway asked U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar to dismiss the case, saying in part that its tuna sandwich routinely includes other ingredients, such as mayonnaise (which contains eggs).

Subway also says a reasonable consumer watching a “sandwich artist” prepare their order would recognize that there’s a chance for cross-contact between various ingredients.

But Tigar recently ruled that Amin’s lawsuit should continue, saying the facts at the heart of the case aren’t settled. He also noted that some of the allegations “refer to ingredients that a reasonable consumer would not reasonably expect to find in a tuna product.” … READ MORE. 


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