What’s Subway Trying To Hide? Customer Told To Stop Taking Pics And Get Out

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“I was yelled at to stop taking pictures and told to leave the store.”

Irene Jiang, Oct 8, 2019

Business Insider – The top three sub chains in term of sales in America are Subway, Jimmy John’s, and Jersey Mikes, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

I went to all three and ordered the same meal at each one to see how they compared.

First I went to the Subway in Manhattan’s Financial District just steps from the office.

It was a narrow, grimly lit space with sky-high ceilings. It’d been a few years since I’d been to a Subway, so I kind of forgot how to order.

Subway doesn’t really have instructions; they’ve been around for long enough that they just sort of assume you know how.

“By the end of the week … the lettuce is just a massive problem. I can’t eat the lettuce, and that’s a problem, and I’ve told them. They’re just not listening.” –Subway manager’s comments on toppings provided (sometimes only one delivery per week) by the company’s food distribution centers 

I went to Jimmy John’s in Jersey City, New Jersey, at about 11 a.m., right after it opened for the day.

Compared with Subway, Jimmy John’s had cozy digs. There were only two guys behind the counter and only two seats in the shop.

Though the space was small, it was clean, brightly lit, and welcoming.

The store manager explained to me proudly that Jimmy John’s used local produce and all-natural deli meats.

He was very proud of the fact that the store used Hellman’s Mayonnaise, and by the looks of the shelves in the kitchen, it used a lot of it.

Jersey Mike’s had just opened a location in Hoboken, New Jersey. A line extended out the door.

Inside, it was packed, noisy, and a little confusing. But the staff seemed to know what they were doing.

At Subway, I asked my sandwich artist whether I could take pictures, and then I ordered a 6-inch Subway club sandwich on nine-grain honey-oat bread.

I was pretty disappointed by the meager two slices of turkey and beef each. I felt rushed through the line without having time to decide what to put on my sandwich.

Subway is the only sandwich shop out of the three that offers to toast your sandwich. I got mine toasted.

But as my sandwich was toasting, I was yelled at to stop taking pictures and told to leave the store.

I’d obtained consent from my sandwich artist, but fair enough … Read more. 


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