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Dutchess_III's avatar

Why do you suppose Subway won't put the veggies and mayo on the side?

Asked by Dutchess_III (36237points) 2 months ago

I always get a 6” sliced turkey, provolone (extra cheese of course) lettuce, tomato and mayo. When I get home I cut it in half and have the rest for my meal the next day.
Well the veggies and mayo make it kind of soggy and nasty the next day so I once asked if they’d put it on the side so I could broil the other half of the sandwich the next day and add the toppings after that.
They said on the side was not allowed. I can’t figure out why.
What do you think?

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Zaku's avatar

Corporate mindless rule-oriented thinking, is my guess. Deviation from the proscribed protocol may only be authorized by higher echelons.

johnpowell's avatar

Did multiple people tell you the same thing? It could just be that the one person didn’t want to do it or didn’t really know how to do it. Maybe they just didn’t know what to put the sides in. I wouldn’t be shocked if Subway inventories the shit out of every little container.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Could be just the one. Good.question.John.

jca's avatar

I’d either email to customer service or call the place you were in and ask for the manager. Not to get anybody in trouble, because you’d not be pointing to one particular person, just to say this is what I was told and I’m just curious why. Then he’d either explain why or tell you that’s not the policy and the person was mistaken.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

That’s the typical response from a clerk who is thinking “don’t complicate this for me it’s just a f-ing sandwich” I just don’t add the stuff that makes it soggy

Muad_Dib's avatar

Because that’s a salad and they can charge you more for that.

janbb's avatar

Maybe fast food places aren’t the best places to get custom orders but I would ask the manager when you go in next time if that is the policy.

At one bite a day, I would think a 6 inch sub would last you several days, Dutch!

Dutchess_III's avatar

But that’s what Subway is…a custom order sandwich place. I just want the crap on the side. It lasts two days @janbb.

I want the stuff that makes it soggy on there @ARE_you_kidding_me. I don’t want to eat a plain, turkey and cheese sandwich. I want the lettuce, tomato and dressing. It doesn’t make it soggy right away. It takes a few hours.

snowberry's avatar

I guess you need to collect mayo packets from other sources (fast food places) and add them yourself.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I could put it on at home too. But its not just the mayo. And what if I want to eat my first half at the restutaunt.
I will double check with them. See if it was really policy or the girl just didnt know WHAT to do!

janbb's avatar

Yeah – check with the “restutaunt.”

Brian1946's avatar

Yep: Subyaw is the ultimate sorce!

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK, I called. Asked if I could put lettuce, tomato and mayo on the side or in another container, and she said, “Yes “Ma’am!”
So it must have just been that one dotard.

dxs's avatar

No, this isn’t the only person who wouldn’t do it. I used to ask this all the time and multiple people said no. I don’t think it’s policy though, just the workers. The most common response is “then we’d have to charge you for a salad.”

What I’d recommend doing is asking to get the veggies on the side in one of the cookie bags. When I worked at Subway, we’d have to account for all of the food and containers. But not the bags and papers.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Subway kinda sucks now. They barely put any vegetables on their sandwiches anymore. Obviously, trying to save money. If you put the veggies on the side, you would probably get more quantity. Or, if they just give you the normal amount it would be bad presentation, as it would be pretty obvious that they’re cheap.

I agree with those above, who stated that it was probably just that employee….

anniereborn's avatar

Burger King will also make your “sandwich” with the stuff you want, but try asking them for that stuff on the side. Subway is still a fast food place. Imagine if everyone in line asked for their veggies and condiments in little baggies and containers. That would be nice and long.

BellaB's avatar

I generally have baggies (and plastic cutlery) in my knapsack for this type of situation. I order things without sauce, go to the side with my sandwich, put the toppings in my baggie, and then reconstruct and add sauce when I’m ready to eat. No soggy lettuce. Takes me about 15 – 20 seconds longer than just walking out of the shop.

Set does a related thing with fries in fast food places. A friend gave us the trick. Ask for the fries without salt – for health reasons of course. They clean out the area they usually put the fries after the fryer – fry the fries – give you your perfectly hot and fresh fries. You then go out and add your salt. Everybody’s fries are better when they’re super-fresh.

There are good hacks for most fast food joints and situations. I don’t want Big Macs. They’re too big. I order kiddie burgers dressed like Big Macs, with extra pickles. Takes about 2 minutes longer but they’re brilliantly fresh and perfectly prepared.

Muad_Dib's avatar

^ Everyone at the fast food place hates “No Salt Guy”. Just FYI. We know you only want the hot fries, and it holds up the line for everyone and is a ton of extra work for the fry cook, and stop it.

jca's avatar

It wouldn’t be possible that there’s somene who wants fries without salt, perhaps for health reasons, @Muad_Dib ? Not that fries are healthy in the first place, but perhaps someone was told specifically to keep their salt intake down but they feel like having some fries.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Yes, occasionally people do have legitimate health issues that prevent them from eating salt. Those people know they are restricted from eating salt and thus order predictably salt-free food. When you have 4 Big Macs (1,007mg sodium EACH) on your order as well, and no salads, and then salt-free fries, we know your “low salt diet” is as legitimate as your “service animal” chihuahua.

jca's avatar

I get it, @Muad_Dib. Just possible the Macs are for someone else and the person ordering is having the fries. It’s possible. I don’t assume.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Look up – there’s literally someone telling you they’re ordering no salt fries just for the hot fries.

I’ve worked a fast food window and had “no salt guy” ask for extra salt packets more often than not.

It’s no secret.

jca's avatar

I’m sure it is possible and very often the case, but it’s also possible it’s just someone who wants to put their own amount of salt or no salt. Just pointing out that it’s possible.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Yes. I’m aware.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@BellaB Funny you called McD’s little burger a “kiddie” burger. When they opened up, for the first decade, at least, that was the only burger they offered at least through the 60s. When we ate there, we all ate the same burger, including my dad and mom.
And then people started crying for BIGGER BURGERS!!! So they made bigger burgers.
Then people stated crying “MCDONALD’S IS MAKING ME FAT! I’M GONNA SUE THEM!”

The “kiddie burger” is the only burger I eat from there. I can’t even eat a whole big Mac or Quarter Pounder, even though they’re good.

@Muad_Dib Do they ask for salt free burgers and everything else? If it’s really for health reasons you would think they would. But I bet they don’t.

@jca then they need to go avoid fast food places, and go home and make their own fries just the way they want them.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It’s a lot like the double patty bacon burger, large fries and…. a diet coke. I got that all the time when I worked fast food. I realize that some people just like diet coke but damn.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Well, that’s a sugar thing, and it doesn’t hold up the line. (I prefer diet soda. Regular is so cloyingly sweet it sets my teeth on edge.)

Muad_Dib's avatar

The thing is, at McD’s at least, you never have fries that are over 7 minutes old. After seven minutes they throw them away. In the middle of a lunch rush, your fries are FRESH.

There’s no reason to add a 10 minute delay for the whole line because you read on a LifeHacks blog that asking for salt free fries gets you hot fries.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I hate diet drinks, they taste like chemical soup. I don’t even drink soda though. There were plenty who would order ice cream with a diet coke. I hated the no salt on the fries thing too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I only drink diet coke. Almost never any other pop. I eat in moderation too. @jca has another name for it though, I think!

jca's avatar

@Dutchess_III: They should go home and make the fries at home so they can have it the way they want? You never heard of “have it your way?” No different than wanting extra pickles on a burger, or no onions, or no sauce.

Muad_Dib's avatar

I think we found another No Fry Guy

Muad_Dib's avatar

It is different, because no pickles doesn’t mean everyone else has to wait 15 minutes so you can be pretentious.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I can understand both sides of that. But those who do things like that bother me. It gives me the impression that they think they are better than everyone else. They certainly don’t care about the people behind them, that need to get back to work (or whatever reason they’re at a fast food place for.) Or the workers who have to deal with it. When people have to wait longer than they want to, they complain. When the corporate folks look at ticket times, drive through times, they interpret the longer times as ineptitude by the employees. Get enough random people who think they’re special, and someone could literally lose their job.

When I worked for a big box sporting goods store, you could be affected by any number of “special” people in negative ways. Like, you didn’t finish the morning truck in time. That’s bad. The assumption is that I slacked off. The reality is that I had to deal with a very “needy” customer. People (customers) just suck. Often times it’s their own laziness, or ineptitude that is contributing to their respective complaints. They’re endlessly selfish, and rude to employees in such places. Often times, for no reason.

I was standing in line once at a McDonald’s, behind several people. The line was taking longer than I expected, but everyone seemed to be working, so it didn’t bother me. One employee was struggling to repair an ice cream machine. The man behind me felt it necessary to loudly declare his displeasure in waiting. I turned around and glared at him. He said “they’re taking to long,” nervous from my scowl. I pushed past him to leave, because I wanted to punch him. On the way out , I said, I hope they spit in your food asshole.

Sometimes, employees are just doing the best they can, in shitty circumstances. If you think you’re special, then be special. Don’t make life even harder on people…

jca's avatar

@Muad_Dib: Not me. I never heard of this before today, I like salt and I have wondeful blood pressure (with no medications) so I’m fine with them they way they’re made. Just playing devil’s advocate, saying not everyone has nefarious purposes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jca “Have it your way” is a Burger King slogan. If Having it your way means cleaning the whole grill first and starting from scratch then I’m pretty sure even Burger King would say “Forget you.”

anniereborn's avatar

You have a 3 inch sandwich as a…meal?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes @anniereborn. It’s plenty. If I get a 6 ” I only eat half of it anyway. I I just save the time and I cut it in half and save the other half for the next day. Well, in this case I had it for “dinner” that same day. So basically I had a 6” sub for my food intake that day. Plenty plenty of food. And a double chocolate chip cookie!

anniereborn's avatar

You must be a tiny thing. I get a foot long and usually eat it in one sitting. Mind you it’s just a veggie and cheese sandwich, but dang.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Not tiny. 5’7 and a half and 140.

canidmajor's avatar

“So it must have been that one dotard.”

Really? Is that how you treat fast food workers?
It would probably be cheaper and faster if you made your own tiny sandwich at home, and you wouldn’t have to call managers and be rude about low paid service workers. Save a bunch of effort and angst.

jca's avatar

@dutchess : I know it’s a Burger King slogan but any fast food restaurant like McDonald’s will let you have it your way. You know that. Extra this, hold that, etc.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jca, Yes they will. Of course they will. But asking for no salt, which means they have to clean the whole fryer out and start from scratch, is unreasonable. They usually dump salt all over them when they come out. If you don’t care about residual salt in the fryer and the basket, and want to wait until they start a new batch (every 7 minutes according to Seek) you could ask them to snag your fries before they dump that extra salt on them. That would be reasonable.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@canidmajor I didn’t call management about it. I didn’t bitch at all. I just asked this question and I don’t think I sounded bitchy. People were asking if it was really a standard, so I decided to double check. It is not. It was that one worker.

It would be cheaper to build a foot long here at home too. So? What does the size matter?

canidmajor's avatar

I was questioning your description of the worker, which seemed unnecessarily harsh.
The size doesn’t matter, but you are constantly going on about how little you are able to eat and how important it is to you that we understand that. <eye roll>

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. I’m out.

Nice discussion y’all.

dxs's avatar

@anniereborn Not everyone is doing that. I don’t buy that reasoning.

johnpowell's avatar

I’m just happy we are bringing dotard back into fashion.

For those that don’t suicide themself as much as I do watching the news the North Korea guy said this about Trump:

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

Dotard is defined as: An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.

Which I think Kim is correct. I’m just not sure if Shakespeare is rolling or laughing.

Muad_Dib's avatar

I find it amusing that Kim Jong Un has a better English vocabulary than the President of the United States.

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