Now Subway Has to Make Sure Your Footlong Is Actually a Foot Long
Ever feel inadequate when it comes to length? Well, if you're talking about your Subway Footlong, you can finally lunch with the confidence of knowing you'll get all 12 inches of your sandwich as promised, now that a judge has finalized a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the the massive sub chain. For any other inadequacies, you should probably see a therapist.
Following preliminary approval last October, a judge signed off on the settlement late last week, which requires Subway to cough up $520,000 in attorneys fees, according to a report by the Associated Press. Under the agreement, Subway promised to take steps over the next four years to make sure its bread measures 12in long as the Footlong monicker advertises, potentially requiring workers to use measuring devices.
The 2013 suit alleged Subway sandwiches regularly failed to measure up and demanded Subway ditch what they deemed to be a misleading name for the sandwich or ensure customers get a solid 12in of their Cold Cut Combo, according to a report by Eater. Each of the 10 plaintiffs in the suit will receive $500 from Subway, but the settlement doesn't include any further monetary damages because, as one of the attorneys admitted, "It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence."
In a statement to the AP, Subway said it has already started to implement steps to ensure its sandwiches are the promised length. In case you were wondering, Subway stores make their sandwich breads using sticks of dough that arrive frozen before they're baked, which could lead to unfortunate variations in size, per reports. Obviously, missing out on a half inch of bread isn't the end of the world, but the things had damn well be a whole foot now that they're $6 instead of $5.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and can see how getting 11 inches of sandwich after paying for 12 inches could be disappointing. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.