Subway Kills Five-Dollar Footlongs in S.F. Due to "Higher Cost of Doing Business"

Categories: Business, Food
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Jim Herd, SFCitizen.Com
Telling them the commercial jingle is stuck in your head won't get you a $5 footlong in the city
It seems you can have the nation's highest minimum wage and a $5 footlong -- but you can't have them both.

San Francisco Subway patrons hoping to gorge themselves on too much of a mediocre sandwich are being greeted by signs like the one above noting that "due to higher cost of doing business in San Francisco" obtaining a $5 footlong will require a trip over a bridge, through a tunnel, or onto the Peninsula.

Unless you like tuna -- that's the $5 footlong of the month, and that's all you can get in this city for five measly dollars.

Calls to Subway's corporate headquarters have not yet been returned. But half a dozen San Francisco Subway workers said this recent move was explained to them as a reaction to San Francisco's minimum wage ordinance. Per the will of the voters, minimum wage is calculated each year based on the "August-to-August change in the Consumer Price Index." On Jan. 1 of this year, it jumped from $9.92 to $10.24, apparently pushing Subway execs to revoke our county's cheap sandwich privileges. As the minimum wage rises higher, perhaps Subway will be forced to scrap Jared Fogle for parts.

Again and again, Subway workers cited the city's minimum wage as the driving factor in this decision. That said, this is an expensive place to do business in general.

"The rent, the food -- the owner says it's everything," said one. "Business costs are high," said another. "Minimum wage went up so we can't afford to give the $5 footlongs anymore."

Subway workers were unsure if ours is the only county to opt out of the $5 footlong deal. They did stress, however, they still offer the aforementioned sub of the month.

"We got tuna," said one. "You want one?"

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106 comments
Fuk10inchfootlongs
Fuk10inchfootlongs

Fuk10inchfootlongs...A lawsuit about short sub caused us all to pay another dollar for a bullsh*t sandwich worth about a $1.46 worth of bread and processed meat. Thank you EPA...!;~{{

alyciamoore
alyciamoore

Fine by me. If they're not willing to pay their employees a "liveable" wage and still offer reasonable deals to the public as they do for the rest of the nation - then I won't be a continued customer. There's too much good food in San Francisco anyways, Subway is only a last minute desperate attempt when there's nothing else in the vicinity. 

They really should be paying their employees $14-$15 an hour to compensate for the ridiculously high cost of living. And for those that are like "But they're just making sandwiches!!1" - take a look at In N' Out [California fast food chain]. Delicious burgers that are under $5 and they start all of their employees at $15 an hour (Even the burger flippers) and gives full health benefits. The better you treat and pay your employees the happier they'll be and the more productive they'll be. 

Adamhanson90
Adamhanson90

How did this go from talking about subway to all of you retards arguing over the dumbest shit. All of you are just as dumb as the ones your trying to insult and you all need to stfu cuz internet fights are for panzy bitches who only have the balls to say something when the other is miles away.

R
R

In the last 18 months, the minimum wage in SF has increased 3%. Commercial rents in SF have increased 30%. Which of these is doing more to drive up the cost of doing business?

Payton_vege
Payton_vege

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Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

When I moved to SF there were less than a dozen fast food places total in the entire city.  We had lots of great food from delis and we didn't eat out of trucks.  Everyone could afford to sit down and eat off china. 

jdubya_az
jdubya_az

Ha ha San Fran! Your stupid socialist ideals, Orwellian-Nanny state control of businesses to satiate your foolish socialist ideals, and you morally bankrupt concept of sanctuary to people who could care less for the life of other individuals has now left you to this:

Control of minimum wage for your precious crap infested jungle of transients and drug infused maggot bags.

Stay classey! I will not visit that fecal smear ever again.

bigg b
bigg b

It seems like you might have some problems with emotional development. Like, that it's been stunted. 

<< Work at home, $55/h, link
<< Work at home, $55/h, link

 The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled

joseph wysocki
joseph wysocki

I LEFT CALIFORNIA YEARS AGO, THE PEOPLE ARE SHEEP TO MANY LIBS RUNNING THE JOINT AND TO MANY SHEEP JUST FOLLOW THEY GET WHAT THEY PAY FOR.,FLORIDA IS THE PLACE TO BE.

The_Pony
The_Pony

You and Florida deserve each other. - ex-Floridian living in SF for 15 years now.

bigg b
bigg b

I take you more seriously because you write in all caps. 

skisly
skisly

florida?

skisly
skisly

Florida, where innocent 8 y.o.black kids are shot on their front porch by marauding bands of hyper armed white men!  I don't think so!

skisly
skisly

I was just excited to use "hyper".

Here's a real question?  Is it probable that the MSM is truthful in all else?

CanofSand
CanofSand

Forgive us if Leftist-mocking sarcasm is hard to detect. They're self-parodying these days; it's hard to tell the difference.

skisly
skisly

Yes, Martin case.

Sarcasm. My version only slightly worse than the professionals, seen this weeks People magazine?  Think "Duke LaCross".

Silly
Silly

Seriously?  Are you talking about the Martin case?  If so, you are horribly uninformed.  Not 8 years old, not shot on front porch, no "marauding bands", not "hyper armed (unless you consider a single pistol registered for CC to be CRAZY DANGEROUS), not a white man, etc. 

Please tell me you were speaking of another case that only you know about.

LuisArroyo
LuisArroyo

Typical liberal San Fran. Make it impossible to open, let alone run a business without having to charge high prices to break even.I think the next step will be Subway closings all over San Francisco.Or even a complete exit. Of course THAT is'nt likely. They'll keep the most busy ones.

The_Pony
The_Pony

Yay! Screw Subway if they can;t pay a living wage in SF.

the_dude
the_dude

Frisco is for gays anyways. Would you want some gay making your $5 sandwich??? I know I wouldn't....might catch some gay disease like gay bowles syndrome or something. Yuk!

davboz
davboz

How is this a slam on Subway? Of course it isn't. To the intelligent it shows the price paid by fascist liberals for being in denial of free(er) market concepts and that we are in a fight to allow them to regain dominance in this looney-run, New-Democratic attempt at imposed "utopia".

Kevin Kwok
Kevin Kwok

If they get rid of the $5 foot longs they will see a major decrease in sales then they will REALLY have a much LARGER problem in paying wages. 

Noah Zark
Noah Zark

 Are you advising Subway that what they would lose selling footlongs  for $5 they will make up in volume?

If so...you're a typical moonbat!!

Ya see....if they have a larger problem in paying wages, Subway will lay off people.  Or maybe close up shop entirely.   They are not in business to ensure that anyone holds a job, at any wage.  They're in business to make money, not lose it.

Get it?

The_Pony
The_Pony

Can't you comment on the weekly in your town? Oh yeah, there isn't one.

CanofSand
CanofSand

People who go to Subway usually buy one sandwich. ONE. You can't even argue that the $5 footlong would be a loss leader -- if you even know what that is, and I've no reason to believe a business illiterate like you does (unless you Wikipedia'd it just now). If they aren't making a profit, then IT'S NOT WORTH SELLING. If that means they attract fewer customers, I guess that's just how it's going to have to be and maybe they'll have to FIRE SOMEONE because you IDIOT SAN FRANCISCANS don't know anything about economics.

Anon
Anon

The first sentence in this article i read and I saw that the person who wrote it needs fired.

"It seems you can have the nation's highest minimum wage and a $5 footlong -- but you can't have them both. "

Replace the "and" with an "or".

Joe Eskenazi
Joe Eskenazi

Anonymous pedant --

Your sentence would have worked better than mine. Mine depends on a loose definition of the word "you."

When railing for my firing over poor grammar, it'd be better if you didn't structure your sentences like Yoda while leaving out a verb or two.

Best,

JE

bigg b
bigg b

He's right, though. The sentence makes no sense. And I can't figure out what the "you" has to do with anything.

Joe Eskenazi
Joe Eskenazi

  Anonymous pedant --

Your sentence would have worked better than mine. Mine depends on a loose definition of the word "you."

When railing for my firing over poor grammar, it'd be better if you didn't structure your sentences like Yoda while leaving out a verb or two.

Best,

JE

Joe Eskenazi
Joe Eskenazi

 Anonymous pedant --

Your sentence would have worked better than mine. Mine depends on a loose definition of the word "you."

When railing for my firing over poor grammar, it'd be better if you didn't structure your sentences like Yoda and leaving out a verb or two.

Best,

JE

jobewan
jobewan

Good business is where you find it, which for Subway is apparently, not in SF.

Darkproduct9962
Darkproduct9962

who cares wahhh now all the gays cant get a footlong get over it

Denis Drew
Denis Drew

 The $10/hr minimum wage hurts San Francisco fast food stores -- only -- because San Francisco is so affluent that raising the minimum wage doesn't raise demand at the same time.  In my more typical Chicago middle class neighborhood a few years back, a quick rise from $5.15/hr to $8.00/hr saw business in my local McDonald's visibly pick up (others agreed with me) mostly in the Mexican end.

A nationwide jump to $15/hr (doubling!) would add all of 3 1/2% inflation* (about what we grow every two years, normally!) and give half the country a raise -- a good time to invest in McDonald's.

http://ontodayspagelinks.blogs...

Anon
Anon

You cannot create demand where there is none. I think it breaks down to somewhere around 95% of the US population works above their local minimum wage. Wages are naturally rising as the dollar becomes worth less and the demand for labor increases.

All increasing the minimum wage does is cause the young to lose their jobs (if they get one at all) and make the poor feel less impoverished even if, ultimately, their financial situation didn't change.

 

Another way to look at it. I have $900. You have $100. The wages are artificially increased. Now I have $1800 and you have $200. Did the situation really change? No. Now that first $100 is simply worth half of its original value.

Ianbiassed
Ianbiassed

This is a gimmick to cry and moan about the "highest minimum wage." Yes, it's higher than say, Peoria, IL, but guess what? This is the most expensive city to live in, has the highest rents, and so on. EVERYTHING is going to be pricier here, and it's not like people are living like kings on the "highest minimum wage." Also, McDonalds still has the dollar menu, so clearly they figured out a better way to do business and keep the discounted goods. Hmm.

Jangoonow
Jangoonow

If you can't afford to live there, then you can't afford to live there. Move out to somewhere with better opportunities. My great grandparents came over from Europe a hundred years ago; my grampa moved halfway across the country with seven children. And John Steinbeck's Okies moved to California and made the state what it used to be, before the socialists took control. There are neighborhoods in my area in DC I'd like to live in, but I'm not complaining that I don't have enough wealth to live there. So what I have to say is work hard/ smart, make a living , and move up like the Jeffersons. Enough said. And I know that DC has a high cost of living. When I worked for DC Parks and Rec, I had co-workers with children who were making out just fine on a $9.50 an hour lifeguard jobs- live with boyfriend/girlfriend/ parents/ roommate. And they have disposable income to boot- order out for lunch, new phones, etc! So if you're able-bodied, get moving. Work harder, if you need to. Make smart choices with your money.

Eric Krietlow
Eric Krietlow

Would we all live like kings if we were granted a deliciously cool $1M/hour?  

If you can answer that with any sort of intellectual honesty, you'll know why you're digging your own hole with any sort of minimum wage, much less a 25% higher one.  

backwater83
backwater83

I am actually writing from Peoria, Il., and am amazed that you can't see the connection that you've just made here.  Why do you suppose that the cost of living is so high in S.F.?  It's because you ass holes are inflating your own economy by voting your minimum wage to over ten dollars per hour.  Seriously?  10 dollars per hour...to put french fries in a grease vat?  You people get everything you deserve.  I can see the mentality of S.F. every time I look at what's going on on Capitol Hill.  You are the one's responsible for continually infecting the rest of this country with Nancy Pelosi.

bigg b
bigg b

But who are the "one's" responsible for the army of enraged right-wingers constantly commenting on every Web site on Earth with bad spelling and grammar?

There are valid arguments to be made against the minimum wage (and for it, too). Why not just make those arguments like sane people? Why do you have to get all emotional and upset about it and call everyone who disagrees with you a "socialist" and "libtard" and so forth, like children? Why do you not have any control over yourselves?

WOSG
WOSG

This is what the culture of greed of the working class has done, and the politicians who cater to them has done. Who does this hurt? The homeless and poor, whose food stamps can't be stretched as far during the month, when spent here. That's right, 99% EXCEPT the homeless... or it's not the job of the working class to care about the homeless. Stick that social concern, along with the taxes and every other burden on the middle class.

Subway should've refused to open there. Let that nasty place be the hell hole it wants to be.

Peter
Peter

Right, because the real problem with America is that poor people have too much money.

CanofSand
CanofSand

Non sequitur. But hey, it sounded vaguely like an echo from the liberal echo chambers, so Like Like Like!

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