Two men filed suit against sandwich shop Subway this week, claiming that the length of its famous footlong subs isn’t cutting the mustard.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New Jersey on Tuesday, comes on the heels of an embarrassing post on the company’s Facebook page which showed one of the so-called footlong subs not measuring up to the length of a ruler that went viral last week.
After the photo appeared online, the company issued a statement saying that although the there are strict corporate standards with regards to sandwich length, each individual franchise does not always reach them. Company spokesman Les Winogad told MSN
"The company will reinforce its policies and procedures to ensure its sandwiches measure up, adding "We are committed to providing a consistent product delivering the same amount of bread to the customer with every order.”
The lawyer who is representing the two men in the suit, Stephen DeNittis, said he had sandwiches from 17 different Subways measured and that each one of them failed to measure up to its advertised length. He is seeking class-action status for the suit and may also file a similar action against Subway in a Pennsylvania court.
The Subway $5 footlong sandwich has been a huge part of the company’s marketing scheme in recent years and has helped it become one of the most well-known and popular fast-food franchises in the world.
Denittis is asking that his clients be awarded compensatory damages and is also seeking to get Subway to change its practices.
“The case is about holding companies to what they deliver,” he said.