Subway footlongs, now have to be a foot long
The length of Subway's sandwiches is of great concern to some people. Not the weird moistness of them, mind you. Anyway, some people have sued Subway over one inch of bread, after they measured their foot long butty and it came up short.
Well, in Australia, a consumer rights champion and sandwich maniac took it to the food vendor, to see to it that Subway sandwiches are correct in length.
Last week, a judge granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit which had been filed against Subway, after a teenager posted a picture of his sub on Facebook, showing that it was only 11 inches long.
This saw the assembled press of the world were horrified and excited, getting their tape measures out and looking at the length of footlong subs (no, we're not exaggerating for comedic effect here - even the New York Times went outside and started measuring butties).
A judge had given preliminary approval to a settlement between Subway's parent company Doctor's Associates and plaintiffs' attorneys, with the final approval granted on February 25th. So what does that mean? Well, part of the settlement means that Subway has agreed to bring in practices for the next few years, to ensure that their bread is at least 12 inches long.
And the ten people who brought the class action to the table? $500 each, thank you very much. Hilariously, Thomas Zimmerman who was the co-lead attorney for the class-action suit, said: "It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence."
Subway meanwhile, said: "This allows us to move forward, without distractions, on our goal to provide great tasting sandwiches and salads, made exactly as each guest likes. We have already taken steps to ensure each guest receives the Footlong or six-inch sandwich they order."
Now, Subway staff will start using an instrument to ensure that sandwiches are a foot long. They'll be doing it as you order too, so you can see with your own eyes. So there.