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Subway (restaurant) - too hard?

Discussion in 'Whatnots' started by Arkite, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. Arkite

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    I was buying a sub for lunch, there was an older guy in front of me, I got the sense it was his first time buying a sub, so I stood well back so as not to make him feel rushed and the woman preparing my sub seemed to slow down too. However the guy who owns the place (around 50ish) and was serving the older guy, I've seen get impatient before, and he was in fine form today, the older guy's sub was getting away from him and he asked "can I get some meat on it?" to which the owner replied curtly "I asked you earlier if you wanted meat", the older guy then, clearly frustrated, said "it's too hard" and walked out.

    The owner looked at the back of the older guy as he walked away with a blank stare, looked at the woman preparing my sandwich next to him, looked at me, "he said it's too hard" I told him "Oh..." said the owner, looking mystified. "It can be intimidating if you haven't done this before" I added. "I suppose so... with all the choices..." the owner said.

    I know that first and foremost I witnessed some less than stellar customer service, but it got me thinking, last time I went to subway with my old man he just asked for "everything on it, just everything", thinking back... I can't say that I've ever really seen a lot of people (who I'd estimate to be) over 70 in Subway. But like I said to the guy who owned the place, it is intimidating, the first time I went to a Subway I did the same thing my Dad does now, just asked for a sub with everything on it because I didn't want to hold up the people behind me.

    I thought I'd send my thoughts to Subway, went to their site, I guess then it occurred to me that I'd never seen any Subway advertising pitched at the older crowd, or seen a single older person in any of their media/advertising.
    Anyway what I'm getting at is, apparently Subway is ignoring an entire section of the market (over 60s), and if Subway put in a little effort with better/bigger/bolder signs/directions (and possibly some basic sub templates, e.g. ham & salad sub, chilli chicken sub etc) they could ease first time customers into the whole process, instead of frightening them away.
     
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    Wait. It's been a while, but doesn't Subway have loads of sub "templates" to which you can add various condiments? That's how it was the last time I was there. You can just get the plain sub, or add whatever condiments you like.

    I suppose I don't get why you'd go to a sandwich shop if you didn't know what goes into a sandwich you'd like...
     
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    The whole depiction of the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld was really over the top. But it did hit on a certain truth. That whole order the first few times is indeed intimidating you begin going to a place that requires quickly making your order to keep the line moving. It was for me too the first time I went to a Subway. But now, the odd time I still go, I know exactly what I want and rifle it off. In fact, now I'm the one who has to slow down to let the ladies behind the counter keep up.
     
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    I hate fast food restaurants, you almost always gotta rush your order so as to not hold up other people behind you, and everyone expects you to magically know the exact quirky name of every meal on the menu.

    Some time ago I went to MacDonalds and while placing my order I told the young lady behind the counter to give me a chicken burger (mind you there was only one kind on the entire menu in that particular restaurant), and she gives me this look like I've just asked her to solve a string theory equation for me. "You mean a McChicken?" What the hell else could I possibly mean? Do you need me to draw you a picture? It's not like the classic chicken burger isn't exactly the same everywhere. :nolike:

    Luckily, I like cooking, so I don't frequent these places much.
     
  5. Blades of Vanatar

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    Anyone who can't handle a subway order probably should stay out of NYC, Jersey or Philly. Ex. - Pat's Steaks in South Philly has a nice long line all day as they have awesome Cheesesteaks. If you take more than 2-3 seconds to relate your order, you'll get a very loud "NEXT!" in your face and then if you stand there like a deer in headlights, your are told to move or be moved. I **** you not. When I lived there, I would walk up to the window and say "Provy Wit". I then coughed up the dough(6-7 bucks) and rec'd my Cheesesteak with Provolone and Friend Onions within seconds. Automation wouldn't be faster and that is how they make their money, tons of sales.
     
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    In my opinion it is very dangerous for health to eat in such places!
     
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    The folks at Subway down here will not let you continue until you pick what type of sub you want. They keep a very strict bread->meat->spreads->toppings->sauces format. Luckily the folks at the one at school like me so when I ask for peppers or spinach to go on the sub before toasting, they'll do it without the funny looks. As a matter of fact, once I asked for it, they tried it that way and decided it was awesome.
     
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    Had the same. i always just look around first, decide what I want, and then ask it. Ik was a small Subway place. most here are not busy.
     
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