The high cost of business: Subway ends “everyday” five-dollar footlongs in San Francisco

posted at 6:10 pm on March 30, 2012 by Steve Eggleston

The San Francisco Weekly reports that the Subway sandwich shops in San Francisco have dropped out of the “every day” portion of the $5 footlong program:

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.

The “higher cost of doing business in San Francisco” is, in large part, the aforementioned highest minimum wage of $10.24/hour, $2.99/hour higher than the federal minimum wage, $2.24/hour higher than California’s state minimum wage, and $1.20/hour higher than the highest state minimum wage, found in Washington State. Never mind that the cheap, if annoying, feature of Subway is responsible for Subway’s growth during the recession and now tepid recovery. Never mind that a couple of those subs are actually relatively healthy dietary choices. The leaders of San Francisco have decided that the always-elusive chase for a “living wage” must remain at full tilt, even as those who would otherwise benefit from not being forced on the treadmill have to spend more for basic necessities like food.

There is some “good” news – the “monthly” $5 footlong promotion is still valid. Unfortunately, if one does not like tuna, one is out of luck this month, while those who prefer to not have breakfast after noon are going to have to dig a bit deeper next month.

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we’ll getcha those extra inches ::snaps::
/san francisco/

ted c on March 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

“Subway should give their sandwiches away for free!”

-lib

Bishop on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I don’t see why Subway can’t offer a living wage to its workers and still provide a tasty sandwich within my budget.

Sorry. I was channeling a libtard.

Cicero43 on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I hear you can get a footlong for free in the Castro District.

Kataklysmic on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

More businesses should point the finger at real cost and results of dumb policy.

kurtzz3 on March 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I hear you can get a footlong for free in the Castro District.

They’re only free in the short run.

Cicero43 on March 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Hey, That is what the citizens of San Fransisco GNAT.

They vote for higher prices, higher taxes and higher costs of living.

Could it be that they are doing so to keep out the “minority population’?

Opposite Day on March 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It may not be the greatest thing on sliced bread, but mediocre…sometimes those things really hit the spot.

Even while quasi-defending them they had to take the shot.

Real 0bama-esque of them.

cozmo on March 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

As the ultimate ILLEGALS sanctuary city, labor costs in SF have got to next to nothing. So clearly there is some other reason than costs why Subway is stopping the $5 subs there. (Have you seen one of those subs – you need an electron microscope to find the imitation meat, and all you get are cheap vegetables and a lot of bread.)

TeaPartyNation on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Why not just charge $25.00 for the $5.00 foot long. Problem solved./

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Maybe just try a 5-dollar ten incher in the city by the bay.

Greek Fire on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Sorry. I was channeling a libtard.

Cicero43 on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Calling her that is an insult to the mentally challenged.

I prefer libtart.

cozmo on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Damn spell check. WANT, not GNAT!

Opposite Day on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Maybe they should unionize!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

A) Cause
B) Effect
C) Some assembly required.

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Maybe just try a 5-dollar ten incher in the city by the bay.

Greek Fire on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Weeener is working in SF ?
Hmmmm…

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Cool! It only costs me $5 in gas to get a $5 footlong!

John the Libertarian on March 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

So now that sandiwches are more expensive, it’s time to raise the minimum wage so people can afford them right? Amiright? /facepalm

CapnObvious on March 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

O/T,Speaking of money,Bank #16 Failure!

Michigan’s Fidelity Bank is 16th US failure of 2012 – @MarketWatchStory

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canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Everybody doesn’t get ice cream?

tom daschle concerned on March 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Maybe’s they were putting foot-longs in plastic bags!
(sarc).

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Here is the game California and many of its cities play:

They can not openly discriminate against specific businesses but what they can do is offer special exemptions from taxes and regulations to certain fair-haired operations. So what they do is create a generally business hostile environment and then pass a series of exemptions for the businesses they want to succeed. So they are prohibited from explicitly picking losers (specifically penalizing specific businesses) but they can pick winners (give certain businesses a leg up through exemptions from taxes and regulations).

Twitter was going to leave SF, too, until SF gave them special tax exemptions. Solyndra was given hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax breaks by the state. There are a bazillion examples.

If you are considering locating a business here, DON’T DO IT. It could be the most costly mistake you have ever made.

crosspatch on March 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I am surprised they had 5 dollar subs there in the first place. I suspecdt the only one available was the lettuce sub.

CW on March 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I am rereading Atlas Shrugs and just got to the part where the Looters in Government were demanding a hiring wage for the workers, that business hire more workers and charge less for their services. Economic reality has eluded progressives for generations.

Grunt on March 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Try dis again!

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canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If you are considering locating a business here, DON’T DO IT. It could be the most costly mistake you have ever made.

crosspatch on March 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I’m so glad I got the he11 outta that crappy city .

burrata on March 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Speaking of doing business….oops!

.@politico reports Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar repays federal treasury $14,000 for hotel bills

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canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Why anyone would have a business there, is a mystery to me.

Rebar on March 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

And I’ll wager the guy making your sandwich at $10.24 /hr isn’t some inexperienced kid at his first job. Where are they supposed to go to work?

Sekhmet on March 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Speaking of doing business,Kinda Dirty,er,Kinde Durkee gets caught Part 2!!
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canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Digging their own economic grave.

Count to 10 on March 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Maybe if they changed from “Footlong” to “Magnum” it would be better, ahem, “received.”

pain train on March 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Opposite Day on March 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Why to San Franciscan liberals hate the poor? What did the poor ever do to them? A bunch of haters.

chemman on March 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Ugh,double FDIC Posty,sorry!

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Sekhmet on March 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

CCC camps anyone. They will have to do something about the yut who can’t get a job now that the compassionate (?) nanny staters have worked their magic.

chemman on March 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

My guess is that wages are only part of it. Higher rents play a role as do the higher cost of buns, meats, vegetables and regulations.

Why companies continue have headquarters in the “Golden State,” particularly in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas is beyond me.

bw222 on March 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I hear that subs are free in New York.

PrettyD_Vicious on March 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

John the Libertarian on March 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

A walk to the Subway will do you good. It will burn off those calories before you even eat. //s

chemman on March 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Squeezing the margins even further in the $5.00 cost of that sandwich is the Healthy SF tax to fund healthcare services for any uninsured SF resident without regard to immigration status, employment status, or pre-existing medical conditions. San Francisco residents with an income at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (for one person $54,480; for a family of four $111,720) are eligible to receive these benefits.

GeoffK on March 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

“I’d like to move to San Francisco because I like to see overweight, elderly males naked in the streets while I’m pushing my toddler in a stroller”

“I’d like to move to San Francisco so I can see freaks in the street, the whacko’s at Berkely (sp?) and Sandra Fluke begging for free condoms”

“I’d like to move to San Francisco because they were the first to make Rice-A-Roni (rice mixed with macaroni), The San-Francisco treat!”

“I’d like to move to San Francisco because I can like, um, be unemployed and um, collect unemployment and um, study rat genetalia and live near Nanzy Pelosi”.

someone should start a twitter.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Glad to see you frontpaged, Steve.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Reading atlas shrugs huh?

Rusty Allen on March 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

OCCUPY SUBWAY!!!!

Maybe if they changed from “Footlong” to “Magnum” it would be better, ahem, “received.”

pain train on March 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Rimshot!!

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Subway should just ask SF for a subsidy. Libs are all about the subsidies, right?

Problem solved!

Odysseus on March 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

If you think this is all about the minimum wage, you’ve obviously (a) never run a franchise and (b) never looked at rental prices in San Francisco. I’d strongly suspect that a 32-cent wage hike is the least of their concerns.

calbear on March 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

That’s Big Sandwich for you. Keeping the poor man down.

Rip Ford on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

That’s why in WA state, we get “Any Pizza $10″ at Pizza Hut for “Any Pizza $11″ to cover the minimum wage increase.

ihasurnominashun on March 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

There is also a 2-3% “healthy foods tax” or or some such nonsense added to your dining bill in SF.

Bobby Maurice on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I hear you can get a footlong for free in the Castro District.

Kataklysmic on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

With a side of HIV.

Dack Thrombosis on March 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The snotty attitude of the SF Weekly “journalist” is par for the course. The fact that their middle class and family population is disappearing is, of course, completely coincidental.

azkag on March 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Oh course they would be in rebellion mode if they got rid of “six inchers” …

ChuckTX on March 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Once again, America — point and laugh at California if you like. Chuckle at cities that go bankrupt. Shake your head in amazement at non-enforcement of immigration laws. But learn from our mistakes. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS A PERMANENT DEMOCRAT / PRO-PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNION MAJORITY.

L.N. Smithee on March 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

San Fran Nan…”Bless their hearts!”

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

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.

Emphasis added.

They simply cannot stop their bias from seeping through no matter what they do. LOL! :) :) :)

Theophile on March 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

L.N. Smithee on March 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Alan Smithee. Nice moniker. How many movies have you directed now? :) :) :)

Theophile on March 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

The snotty attitude of the SF Weekly “journalist” is par for the course. The fact that their middle class and family population is disappearing is, of course, completely coincidental.

azkag on March 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

As a lifelong resident, I can live with that kind of snottiness.

Here’s why: Every metropolis has its own leftist tabloid that is largely supported by back-page advertisements for sleazy escort services and/or medical marijuana dispensaries. San Francisco has two: The SF Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly. SF Weekly is more intellectually honest than the Guardian; it’s like the difference between NPR and Pacifica Radio. The Weekly rarely gets into the business of right-bashing because in Northern California, there are few righties to bash; there are no self-identified Pubs in city governments, and there is so much local scandal and incompetence to highlight and expose, party or ideology labels matter little.

For example, SF Weekly writers have taken on the task of a regular feature (begun in 2009) called “The Worst Run Big City In The U.S.”, referring to San Francisco. Here is the first edition, featuring a Recreation & Parks honcho who fought the city’s controller when it was recommended that he make sure people employed by the department kinda, y’know, show up for work. After over three years of his nonsense, he and the city finally parted when a female subordinate got tired of him telling her that her clothes were too revealing (and that she needed to find Jesus). After she turned over to the city letters the Wreck-Park dude wrote her (LETTERS!) then-Mayor Newsom and he had a talk, and he agreed to resign — $91,000.00 later.

That’s just the beginning. From the same article:

The city’s ineptitude is no secret. “I have never heard anyone, even among liberals, say, ‘If only [our city] could be run like San Francisco,’” says urbanologist Joel Kotkin. “Even other liberal places wouldn’t put up with the degree of dysfunction they have in San Francisco. In Houston, the exact opposite of San Francisco, I assume you’d get shot.”

L.N. Smithee on March 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM

If you think this is all about the minimum wage, you’ve obviously (a) never run a franchise and (b) never looked at rental prices in San Francisco. I’d strongly suspect that a 32-cent wage hike is the least of their concerns.

calbear on March 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Try a $2.24 per hour wage hike. It’s $2.24 higher than Califriknia’s minimum wage, not .32 cents….What’s profit margin on a $5.00 sub?

Tim Zank on March 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The dog is chasing his tail.

Give the chumps 10 bucks an hour and the price of dogs goes up accordingly. Good thing there is no one left in San Francisco with a brain or they might figure it out.

I suggest they pass a law fixing the price of foot longs at 5 bucks. This could be done if they leave out the meat. They could also pass a law reducing a foot to 6 inches. This is more fair anyway, and reduces size envy

entagor on March 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I love the Tuna Melt… Could almost eat that day after day…lol

Can’t wait for Romney to help Subway only be able to offer the Tuna Melt in the rest of the country by auto adjusting minimum wages… There is nothing more severely conservative then auto adjusting minimum wages…

Auto Adjusted Mandated Minimum Wages 2012…

Y314K on March 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Unfortunately, if one does not like tuna, one is out of luck this month

lmao……way too easy.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM

First they came for the Happy Meals. Then they came for the Subway Footlongs. What is next?

Subway actually began charging $5.50 for their “$5 Footlongs” in San Francisco a few months ago.

And yes, Canopfor, Subway does serve its footlongs in plastic bags in San Francisco.

I am glad that Subway is raising the issue of San Francisco’s much too high minimum wage.

With relatively new Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco finally has a Mayor who has shown that he understands commonsense.

There may be hope that Mayor Lee might set some limits on San Francisco’s ever increasing minimum wage and other high costs of doing business in the city.

On the other hand, the ILLEGAL aliens need their Sanctuary City to have a high minimum wage so there is enough room for the ILLEGALS to undercut the American workers while still getting a “living wage” themselves.

wren on March 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Reason 1,254,754,454 why I hope a giant earthquake will wipe San Francisco off the face of the Earth forever. It would be a blessing in disguise to the rest of the U.S.

Myron Falwell on March 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Living wage is dying wage.

Reality.

Sherman1864 on March 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I hear you can get a footlong for free in the Castro District.

Kataklysmic on March 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

And with a good helping of chili on it too.

Red Creek on March 31, 2012 at 4:52 AM

The local Italian deli here offers what Subway sells for $5 for $4 every day.

And the cool part about it isn’t that the sandwich maker carefully weighs the meat and then pulls off stuff until the weight is exact (like at Subway)… At the local shop the scale is for a minimum — if the amount goes over, you get it. And the guys (it’s family owned) are generous.

Result: A better sandwich at a lower cost.

unclesmrgol on March 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

There is also a 2-3% “healthy foods tax” or or some such nonsense added to your dining bill in SF.

Bobby Maurice on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

-
I don’t know about that but some SF restaurants change an additional fee for their employee’s health insurance.

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/04/03/in-san-francisco-health-care-shows-up-on-the-restaurant-bill/

diogenes on March 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM