Odd news from Subway, the ubiquitous sandwich chain distinguished by its sickly-sweet bread stink, its perpetually fogged-over windows, and that galumphing pitchman who reverentially lugs about his old, much-bigger pants from commercial to commercial like they're some relic of the saints. Subway is no longer peddling its $5 footlongs in San Francisco because people here aren't as cheap-ass as ingredients.
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.