Subway: 'Footlong' Doesn't Mean It's a Foot Long
'Descriptive name' not intended to be precise measurement
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 5:36 PM CST
The name "footlong" doesn't necessarily means it's 12 inches long, says Subway.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – An Australian customer's gone-viral complaint that his "footlong" Subway sandwich came up a little short prompted a response from the chain there today, reports ABC News. It must have been loads of fun for the marketing department:

  • “'Subway Footlong' is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length."
The chain swears it shoots for 12-inch sandwiches—even in locales, like Australia, that use the metric system—but they sometimes vary because of the baking process particular to each restaurant. (The New York Post found that sandwiches sometimes come up about an inch short in this country, too.)

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Jan 20, 2013 9:40 AM CST
What torques me? When I go to TACO BELL & the ad picture shows meat in the Taco, but you'd have to order 6-8 of them to get as much meat as shown in the picture! I was @ TACO BELL once & an old couple came in, had a scale, got their tacos, went & sat down & weighed them - got up, took them back & had them make them 3 ozs ea; which according to the couple is what the tacos are supposed to weigh. Since words are written pictures it would seem that there's a good a winable claim against the TACO BELL for false advertising! Don't go to TACO BELL anymore, don't like the feeling of being ripped off when eating lunch.
Jan 20, 2013 2:56 AM CST
Obviously, to some people, size does matter. (and btw, does nobody else see the excess in a foot-long sandwich? morbidly obese is the first word that came to mind)
Jan 19, 2013 9:08 PM CST
It's a mans measurement.