Are Subway Footlong Subs A Foot Long?


1. How many inches are in a foot?

2. How many inches are in a ‘footlong‘ sub sandwich?

3. How many inches are in a “Subway Footlong”® Sub sandwich in one New Jersey franchise?

If your answer was “12 inches“, you were only correct two out of three times.

So much for being good at math.


A New Food Franchise Lawsuit?

Two dudes from New Jersey are suing Subway®, the largest franchisor in the world. The reason; they’re saying that Subway® shorted them on their ‘footlong‘ sandwiches by an inch or so.

I’m not kidding.

These guys feel shorted.

According to an article over at, “Subway’s justification is that each footlong loaf is formed from exactly the same weight of dough but the inconsistencies of kneading, rising, shaping and proofing entail that on occasion some loaves fail to measure up.”

So, I guess that they at least weigh the same.

Now, I’m not a Rocket Scientist-I’m a King, but I was thinking…

Would a “Subway Footlong®” end up weighing the same in Cleveland, Ohio as it would in Denver, Colorado, since Denver is the “Mile-High City?” (The air is thinner.)

As I said, I’m not a Rocket Scientist. I may be wrong about how much things weigh a mile up vs. how much things weigh at sea-level. (Feel free to school me on this in the comment section, below.)


Subway® Footlong Subs: Does Length Really Matter?

Hey…it’s either 12 inches or it’s not 12 inches, right?

And, if you’ve been chomping down “Subway Footlong®” sandwiches for years, and the subs haven’t been 12 inches long…

You’ve been losing around 45 cents every time you’ve purchased a ‘footlong‘ sandwich at Subway®.

Speaking of math, that 45 cent estimate…it’s not mine.

It’s from the attorneys for the plaintiffs.

Read about the lawsuit.

And, use your darn calculator if you decide to measure a few Subway® Footlong Subs.
*Image courtesy of Sterlic, on Flickr




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  • johnfurst

    Hey  Joel!

    The article makes me smile about the flaw in all legal systems. E.g. in the US who can sue and receive millions in compensation for a little cause. In Europe you get little even for a huge problem. Business is risky! No matter what you do. And being a consumer is risky, too.


    • The Franchise King

      Thanks for commenting, John

      Do they have lawsuits like this on your little island?



      • johnfurst

        Not that I know of. But the business could have to pay a hefty fine if this is picked up by authorities. Another business might sue and claim damages for unfair trade practices. But that’s about it. Doesn’t pay off for consumers to sue about such a case.

  • Rodsmith

    Hi Joel,
    As a point of interest this actually happened in Australia and went viral within days. The US lawyers just had to find someone gullible enough to file a lawsuit. I am sure they had a line up of people willing to do just that. The only ones who are going to win on this is the lawyers. 

    • The Franchise King about the down-under debate over inches.