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Fact-or-Fake Friday: Take the Subway

June 20, 2014

Here are three weird news items about a very popular sandwich shop. Two of them are quite true…and one isn’t, because we made it up. Can you guess which one is the fake one? (The answer is at the end of the post.)

A.

A South Carolina woman went to a Subway restaurant and ordered a “Flatizza”—a personal-sized flatbread pizza. The “sandwich artist,” however, messed up one minor detail, and used marinara sauce (the kind Subway uses on meatball sandwiches) and not Flatizza-specific pizza sauce. Subway wouldn’t refund her money…so she called 9-1-1. The woman intended to just simply file a disgruntled customer complaint with the police, and then call a local news station to investigate. Instead, she was arrested and charged with misuse of the 9-1-1 system, and was later released on $2,000 bail.

B.

A man and his family entered a Seattle area Subway location. The family ordered their food, while dad went to the bathroom…where he stayed for a very long time. He was, in fact, still in there by the time his wife and children had ordered their sandwiches and received them wrapped up and ready to go. Eventually, they left without him. A few minutes later, Subway employees saw the man dart out of the bathroom carrying a large trash bag. They went in the bathroom and realized that the man had used the bag to steal and abscond with the toilet tank.

C.

Subway recently made headlines when it came to light that its bread products contained azodicarbonamide, a food additive approved by the FDA as a bleaching agent. A public backlash ensued, and Subway removed the chemical…which is also used in yoga mats and shoe rubber. Now there’s another food additive scandal at Subway, or rather it’s what’s not in the food that has people upset. A study by the Consumer Food Protection Office concluded that the roasted chicken used in Subway sandwiches contains very little meat. According to the CFPO, the cutlets consist of 40 percent corn byproducts, 40 percent soy, 3 percent food dyes (to create grill marks) and 7 percent actual chicken.

Want more fakes? Check out Uncle John’s Fake Facts. (Really!)

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