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Monmouth County Man Joins Subway Footlong Lawsuit

Jason Leslie of Marlboro says the sandwiches are not really 12 inches.

When Jason Leslie of Marlboro saw a photo online with a measuring stick and a Subway Footlong sandwich, he decided to conduct his own experiment.

Leslie ventured to a local Subway restaurant and found he was getting less than the advertised 12 inch sandwich. In fact, five percent less.

According to The Asbury Park Press, Leslie filed a class action suit on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey with his lawyer Gerald A. Marks of Marks & Klein in Red Bank.

Leslie told The New York Post that he's eaten 50 Subway sandwiches per year for 14 years.  

“The sandwiches are anywhere between a half-inch to an inch shorter . . . I feel cheated," he told the NY newspaper.

According to the APP, Leslie has bought the now infamous $5 Footlong Subway sandwiches in stores around Monmouth and Middlesex counties, including Freehold, Marlboro and Howell.

Subway made $11.4 billion in 2011, according to the Quick Service Restaurant Trade Journal. It has not been reported how much Leslie is seeking from the class-action suit.

A statement released by Subway said, “We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve. Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches.”

Leslie told The New York Post he felt "like an idiot" for falling for the footlong advertisement.

“They advertise in all these commercials, ‘Footlong, Footlong, Footlong,’ and now I feel like an idiot. I can’t believe I fell for that trick."

aspin January 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I wonder if any person in this lawsuit has ever baked bread. It's pretty impossible to get them to be completely uniform every time even if using dough measured by weight. Not to mention Subway is an international chain meaning their bread is cooked all over the world at different altitudes. $5 for anything these days is a bargain but I guess people will find something to complain about in every situation.
Larry Smith January 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM
This is just what is wrong in our country. This idiot along with others who have or will follow the lead are just looking for a reason to sue. Not to mention the lawyers who will probably start running ads saying "if you have eaten at subway you may be entitled to money". Mr Leslie said he felt like an idiot for falling for the foot long ads. Well I will concur with him but in that he is just simply an IDIOT. I am glad he is not a friend of mine because he would be befriended.
Randall January 28, 2013 at 02:13 AM
we recently ordered a 6ft sub for a get together we were having with family, upon picking up the sub, in a six foot box, we opened it to find four feet 2 inches worth of sub, i have filed a complaint with the store and the corporate offices at subway. there is no way that was due to "baking reduction".
Fred M January 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
What happens if the sub is 13 inches long? Will the plaintiff sue again? Of course not..
Fred M January 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM
If Subway is going to make sure all subs are 12 inches, then what happens when they are bigger then 12? Some nut will find a lawyer to sue again.
Junbug January 29, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I'm a bread baker with a major restaurant chain and baking bread has alot of different things that can affect its uniformity. Temp of location you are baking at, equipment calibration, proofing procedures, ingredient reaction and not to mention the human element. I mean, let's face the facts here, we are talking about bread...the meat and cheese are served by portions already weighed, they would and should be consistent - he should be checking that in case they are not, he has a better chance of winning.
Fred M February 04, 2013 at 01:13 PM
What if they called the sub a Cadillac? Does this mean somebody expected to buy a automobile?

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