Skip to comments.Subway Kills Five-Dollar Footlongs in S.F. Due to "Higher Cost of Doing Business"
Posted on 03/29/2012 1:14:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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.
Unless you like tuna -- that's the $5 footlong of the month, and that's all you can get in this city for five measly dollars.
Calls to Subway's corporate headquarters have not yet been returned. But half a dozen San Francisco Subway workers said this recent move was explained to them as a reaction to San Francisco's minimum wage ordinance. Per the will of the voters, minimum wage is calculated each year based on the "August-to-August change in the Consumer Price Index." On Jan. 1 of this year, it jumped from $9.92 to $10.24, apparently pushing Subway execs to revoke our county's cheap sandwich privileges. As the minimum wage rises higher, perhaps Subway will be forced to scrap Jared Fogle for parts.
Again and again, Subway workers cited the city's minimum wage as the driving factor in this decision. That said, this is an expensive place to do business in general.
"The rent, the food -- the owner says it's everything," said one. "Business costs are high," said another. "Minimum wage went up so we can't afford to give the $5 footlongs anymore."
Subway workers were unsure if ours is the only county to opt out of the $5 footlong deal. They did stress, however, they still offer the aforementioned sub of the month.
"We got tuna," said one. "You want one?"
They ought to call it the Bernanke Special
$5 + 15% per annum special.
Obviously, they need to have price controls on food./s
It’s working so well in Venezuela.
“...All Subway Restaurants in SF County...”
That would be Marin County, not SF County. Schmuck libs.
I know... let’s raise taxes, that’ll solve everything.
This is what liberals want. They think higher prices are a good thing.
Okay, the City and County are the same place. My error.
Twelve Dollar foot longs....
(because the gub'ment thinks they can raise the water on one side of the bathtub only...)
Well, San Francisco is very very liberal.
Their local government has put policies in place which drive up the cost of doing business.
This is a result of S.F. policies which burden business.
The people their see that there is a price to pay for the costs placed on businesses.
In 2011, more *reporting* businesses (254) quit California than the year before (202), which was a high-water mark over 2009 (51).
Importantly, only about 10% of businesses are required to report to the state government on leaving the state, to insure there are no pending liens, that creditors are fully aware of the departure, etc.
This means that 90% of the businesses that leave California can just pack up and go, and will only be missed when their annual tax returns and reported for however long in the fiscal year they were in the state before leaving, for which taxes are still owed.
In turn, this means that the only real statistic for business departures will be obtained once a year by their state bureau of taxation.
Why anyone should concider opening a business in SF is beyond me, unless, of course, the company is “progressive” and if so, they can suck-it-up, and the patrons as well.
A college professor once told me that by adding to costs, minimum wage laws could encourage businesses to be more productive. And we all know laying extra burdens on people’s backs has motivated them so well in the past.
So why doesn’t Subway patent an automated $5 footlong maker, or something? They have all the economic incentive in the world!
Well if you wanted to open a "men only" communal bath house bid'ness I am thinking opening in San Fran would be the best plan!
I used to get angry at people who didn’t understand the effects of raising the minimum wage, but now I just laugh (and cry) because they never understand no matter how you explain it. They always think that everyone is going to get richer, when instead, they ended up staying about the same, and everyone else gets poorer. =(
The thug mediot drips of elitist condescension.
Pray for America
It’s San Francisco. Triple the price, dress ‘em up a bit and sell ‘em on the Tenderloin.
Ron Jeremy is content with living in L.A.
Most cities discourage pan-handling.
SF sells them a license as a “Street Performer”, so they can abuse people while they stand in line or try to walk down the street.
So, in Libtard-ville; if a person pays the city some cash - they have the right to make you miserable and there is nothing you can do about it.
In San Francisco, they’d pay alot more than $5 for a foot long.
The $5 subs are $6 in Hawaii and at some locations; $6.50.
Yes, they automate or offshore their production and eliminate US based labor costs entirely, bypassing the minimum wage laws. Not really an option for small businesses though, they simply higher fewer people or close the doors.
Maybe a medical business which focuses on certain men’s issues would do well? One which treats afflications often found in gay men?
The government must provide foot longs at 5.
its worse than that..
lets take a basic closed economy example
Guy1 makes $50,000 a year and guy2 makes $200,000 a year. A good house costs $200,000
The rich guy can buy a good house in one year, the poor guy can buy one in 4 years.
After a numbe of years inflation increases the costs for everything, so the cost of living has risen 100%
So guy1 now makes $100,000 a year and , and guy2 makes $400,000. A good house now costs $400,000.
The situation with the house is exactly the same.
The rich guy still can buy one in one year, the poor guy still can buy one in 4 years.
But instead of making $150,000 a year more than the poor guy, the rich guy now makes $300,000 more.... and thats evil!! The rich got richer!
In San Fagsicko, you can get a foot long with two $3 bills...
I mean, they love them and all, just don't want them in THEIR county. Can't blame 'em for that...
I was there 2 weeks ago as my GF attended a medical convention. The prices for McDonald’s and Starbucks are almost triple that of the ones in L.A. We noticed it’s like the prices in the international airport at boarding.