The Latest Victim of Inflation: Subway’s “Footlong” Sub

In what has now become a series of posts on how people in the western world are being shortchanged by stealth inflation, we now find out that: “four out of seven Footlongs — purchased at Subway locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens — measured only 11 or 11.5 inches.”


Not to worry.  The stock market is near all time highs and the politburo’s statistics agencies continue to ensure us that there is no inflation.  From the New York Post:

Stingy Subway sandwich honchos are shorting customers by serving 11-inch “Footlong” subs, hungry New Yorkers say.

Four out of seven Footlongs — purchased at Subway locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens — measured only 11 or 11.5 inches, according to the test.

And that’s not the only corner Subway is cutting — the shops have sliced their cold-cut sizes by 25 percent in the past few months, a Manhattan franchise owner told The Post.

“The distributor has increased the food cost on the individual owners by 4 to 5 percent every year and provided the owners with less food,” the owner explained.

If you buy a $7 “footlong” every other day for a year, an axed extra inch adds up to a loss of roughly $100.

Now for the complimentary sheeple comment of the article:

“It’s probably good that it’s not a whole foot long — I don’t think anybody needs a full foot-long sandwich,” sniffed Margaret Zakhary, 30.

Well at least it’s not horse meat.

For other articles on my stealth inflation series see:
Inflation Rocks the UK as Beer Gets Watered Down
Swedish Consumers Get Served Fake Beef
Chart of the Day: Inflation Since the American Revolution
Inflation Hits Coffee as Brewers Secretly Swap Robusta for Arabica
Blue Shield of California to Hike Insurance Rates up to 20%

Full New York Post article here.

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  1. I wonder if the 12inch dildos bernake uses are
    Being short changed. Hey the upside of inflation
    Fat Americans eat less !

  2. “… I don’t think anybody needs a full foot-long sandwich…”

    I can’t imagine how she’d feel about people “needing” very scary-looking (mostly because they’re entirely black in color) modern rifles.

    But seriously, it never occurred to me that “foot-long” was meant to be taken so literally as to quibble about whether the (flexible, stretchable) bun measured 11.5 or 12 inches.

    The worthwhile story is the increasingly common and devious practice of shrinking the product rather than raising the price — in this case, reducing the meat by a very significant 25%.

  3. “At least it’s not horse meat…”
    But you’ll never know for sure will you?

  4. Wife cooked frozen fish last night, same brand over the past 20-years so we know what quality to expect. Have heard about the quantity in package foods being reduced and he price increasing but now the quality is noticeably being reduced. The end of each fish piece was a minimum 3/8-inch batter and the so called fish was a mush of god knows what shaped to look like a piece of fried fish. By not purchasing this processed food crap lets send a message to these big food processing and fast food corporations that we are not interested in purchasing their toxic garbage. Start with planting from seed even one row of vegetables from your backyard garden or the planter on the balcony of your high rise. Educate your children or anyone who is interested in the future of food and how the only way to beat these money grubbing corporations is to avoid doing business with them. Fight these big food processing and fast/food corporations with words and passive actions where it hurts them the most their bottom net profit.

  5. I actually asked several subway workers about this. They said that the bread size varies depending on who makes it in the morning and how diligent they are with adhering to rules. According to the workers, there have been no directives to shorten bread size. However, they were ordered to reduce the number of tomatoes- but this happened roughly last year.

  6. Next time I go I will short pay them by 10% and see what they say. Will make sure there is a big crowd and do it at lunch time. 🙂

  7. Anybody else notice that a 5 pound bag of C&H sugar has shrunk to 4 pounds, or that those cute little vending machine bags of famous Amos cookies that once held 10 cookies shrunk down to 6.

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