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28 Ways To Make The Person Making Your Sub At Subway Hate You

Next time you’re getting Subway for lunch keep these things in mind. Last thing you want is to get screwed on meat/toppings. All tips found on the very funny, Subway Problems account.

1. Ask about 8” subs.

Ask about 8" subs.

2. Understand the differences between lettuces.

Understand the differences between lettuces.

3. Point at the cookies from the other side of the counter.

Point at the cookies from the other side of the counter.

4. Scream vegetables before bread.

Scream vegetables before bread.

5. Have a list.

Have a list.

6. Order a meatball flatbread.

Order a meatball flatbread.

7. Really, the flatbread just seems like a nightmare.

Really, the flatbread just seems like a nightmare.

8. Order at the cash register.

Order at the cash register.

9. Ask for avocado AFTER the sub is made.

Ask for avocado AFTER the sub is made.

10. Be really dumb about the meal deal.

Be really dumb about the meal deal.

11. Order multiple sauces.

Order multiple sauces.

12. Mumble.


13. Say “yes” when there are multiple options.

Say "yes" when there are multiple options.

14. Say “and” between each topping you order.

Say "and" between each topping you order.

15. Not realize that the regular bread is Italian bread.

Not realize that the regular bread is Italian bread.

16. Stay on the phone the entire time while ordering.

Stay on the phone the entire time while ordering.

17. Order a shitload of mayo.

Order a shitload of mayo.

18. Ask really dumb questions.

Ask really dumb questions.

19. So many dumb questions.

So many dumb questions.

20. Answer with really dumb answers.

Answer with really dumb answers.

21. Wear headphones.

Wear headphones.

22. Point at shit.

Point at shit.

23. Say everything all at once.

Say everything all at once.

24. Not listen.

Not listen.

25. Ask for advice.

Ask for advice.

26. Ask how big a 12 inch sub is.

Ask how big a 12 inch sub is.

27. Shove your cards in their faces.

Shove your cards in their faces.

28. Ask if it’s still five dollar footlong month.

Ask if it's still five dollar footlong month.

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A Subway Worker Used The Oven To Dry Her Wet Socks

The first rule of doing something gross when working in the catering industry: Don’t post it to social media.

If you’re going to put your wet socks and gloves in the oven at work, it’s probably not a good idea to tell your Instagram followers about it.


The food chain are now investigating complaints.

2. Jessica Hinton, a regular customer at the Subway store in the St John’s area of Worcester, spotted the image online and complained.


The 29-year-old was then offered vouchers by the store manager – who called her the next day.


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Report: Subway Has Had The Most Wage Violations Of All Fast Food Companies



While McDonald’s has been the name on many people’s lips when it comes to wage disputes and underpaid workers, a new report places Subway at the top of the pile of wage violation offenders. Though it’s worth nothing that with 26,000 U.S. locations, Subway has the most stores of all the companies, as well.


CNNMoney cites data collected by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which it says amounts to more than 1,100 investigations into individual Subway franchisees between 2000 and 2013, more than other companies like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. Those came in second and third in the tallies of wage violations like pay and hour rules, respectively.

Those 1,100 cases found about 17,000 Fair Labor Standards Act violations combined, and amount to about $3.8 million paid out to Subway workers over that span of years.

Common incidents include employers making workers deduct 30 minutes for a lunch break even if the worker didn’t take a break, forcing workers to pay for a company uniform (which is a violation if the worker’s hourly rate falls below minimum wage after accounting for that expense),  or failing to pay workers for time spent doing things like the nightly closing routine.

One franchise also illegally deducted money from employees’ wages to cover cash register shortages, repeatedly. That location was ordered to pay $9,900 in back pay to 72 employees.

Although Subway would likely distance itself as a corporate parent from these franchisees, the problems were bad enough to spur a partnership with the Department of Labor last year to boost the company’s compliance efforts last year.

“It’s no coincidence that we approached Subway because we saw a significant number of violations,” a Department of Labor spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts both issued statements placing themselves far from their independently operated stores. Fast food companies are wont to do that, because while each location bears the corporate name and look and use the same business guidelines, they’re essentially small businesses in their own right.

That’s partly why it’s so tough to crack down on wage violations — the DOL has to investigate each location individually, which takes time, and can’t bring about sweeping changes to the whole company.

Subway didn’t comment for CNNMoney’s article, but McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts did.


McDonald’s and our independent owner-operators share a concern and commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald’s restaurants. Whether employed by McDonald’s or by our independent owner-operators, employees should be paid correctly. When McDonald’s learns of pay concerns in restaurants which we own and operate, we review the concerns and take appropriate action to resolve them. We trust that our independent owner-operators do the same. McDonald’s and our owner-operators employ separately but in total over 750,000 workers in the United States, and we caution against drawing broad conclusions based on the actions of a few.

Dunkin’ Donuts:

The Department of Labor report represents a very small percentage of cases per year involving the Dunkin’ Donuts system, given that there are more than 7,700 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants independently owned and operated by our franchisees who employ approximately 120,000 crew members at any given time across the country. However, we and our franchisees, who are solely responsible for all employment decisions at their restaurants, take these matters seriously and are committed to the well-being and fair treatment of all crew members.

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