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Offbeat Sub Club Cancelled!

WTFNation

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Not that this is an important issue, but fucking stupid kiddies with scanners and printers have ruined a great programme. It was only a matter of time I suppose!

http://www.snopes.com/business/redeem/subway.asp


Sinking the Sub Club​


Claim: Subway is ending its long-running Sub Club promotion due to the prevalence of counterfeit stamps.

Status: True.

Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

Today I went to my local SUBWAY franchise, and was horriied to discover that they will no longer be doing the SUBWAY CLUB stamp program. The cashier at the store told me it was because some kids in California had stolen a roll of stamps and tried to sell it on eBay. He showed me a small in store display that explained that they would no longer be issuing stamps and would honor existing stamps until June 30th, 2005.

Origins: Regular customers of the Subway chain of sandwich shops, which operates more than 23,000 restaurants in 82 countries, are familiar with one of longest-running promotions in retail history: the Sub Club. Ever since the 1980s, Subway customers have received a stamp for every six-inch sandwich purchased (two stamps for a foot-long); filling up a Sub Club card with the requisite number of stamps entitles the customer to a free sandwich. Alas, by the end of September 2005 the Sub Club will be no more, another victim of technology which makes counterfeiting coupons and proof-of-purchase stamps on home computer equipment all too easy.

Coupon fraud has exploded in the last few years as counterfeiters using high-quality printers have not only created phony coupons for their own use, but have also sought to profit by offering millions of dollars' worth of false coupons for sale to others through on-line auction sites. In some cases grocery stores and other retailers have even stopped accepting legitimate coupons distributed on-line and printed at home because manufacturers have refused to honor counterfeits.

Now, with thousands of Sub Club cards and stamps (real, stolen, and counterfeit) available for sale through auction sites, and Subway franchise owners increasingly discovering counterfeit stamps among their redemptions, the company has decided to pull the plug on the decades-old free sandwich promotion. Although each Subway restaurant can set its own timeframe, the Sub Club will be phased out company-wide by 1 October 2005. Subway is designing a replacement for the Sub Club, but details of the new promotion have not yet been announced (although some outlets are now using centrally-stored information retrieved via Subway cards with magnetic strips).

Last updated: 2 June 2005
Damn it I want my free sandwiches! How else am I going to be like Jared?

Cheers,

WTFN
 

Slacker

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we all want our free sandwhiches. LoL
 

BRiT

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WTFNation said:
Not that this is an important issue, but fucking stupid kiddies with scanners and printers have ruined a great programme. It was only a matter of time I suppose!
You're thinking too high-tech on this one and they're blaming the wrong people. It has more to do with corrupt employees... I know people who have entire rolls of the subway stickers.
 
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NOOOOOOOOOO
i want mi frickin free sub too!!!!
its free!!
 

breakology

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Ok, well now instead of counterfeiting "subway stamps" to get free subs, they will just have to start counterfeiting $5 dollar bills. In a twisted sort of way, Subway is contributing to the deliquency of minors. :rolleyes:
 

Jung

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BRiT said:
You're thinking too high-tech on this one and they're blaming the wrong people. It has more to do with corrupt employees... I know people who have entire rolls of the subway stickers.
You're probably right. The one girl I know that works at Subway always hooks us up with huge amounts of stamps. I doubt most people would go to the trouble of counterfeiting Subway stamps.
 

Sinamon

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Eh I never really liked the place. But my daddy and my brother are gonna be pissed as hell :confused: