Monday, May 26, 2008

Subway Is Not My Way

I love Subway. They're cheap(er), healthy(er), and have a wide enough range that my children can each indulge their personal tastes and be happy with their end product.

And now I can't eat there ever again, because of this clause in their latest children's storywriting contest rules:

"2. ELIGIBILITY. Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted."

All I can say is, Subway, you suck.

I don't know who wrote that in, or why, but I think you are going to lose a lot of business over it.

Homeschoolers may be one of your most loyal markets. First of all, we actually have studied biology and therefore understand why vegetables and low fat foods are better for us than a starchy bun with a charred piece of cholesterol on it. We are all about processes, so we don't mind waiting and watching you make the sandwich. It takes longer than watching an employee grab a paper bundle from under the warmer, but we know it produces a better product--just like homeschooling.

While the libertarian in me recognizes your right to act in a discriminating manner, I am going to exercise my right to vote with my checkbook by NEVER visiting a Subway again. Nor will my parents, or my siblings (there's six of us), nor any of the friends I've told about this so far.

Homeschoolers are a growing group and our families tend to be large and on the go. If you don't want us to come to your party, you're excluding a rather substantial and growing group. Not good business sense, but that's not my problem. I've heard Quizno's is better anyway.

Here's a petition to show Subway what we think about their contest rules, if you also think they suck.


Shannon said...

I signed the petition, not as a homeschooler, but just on principle. I hope they will reconsider their position... we had similar issues with the Public school vs a Charter School that my Dad was teaching at. It was messy...