Subway Worker Reveals How To Get Free Food (And Why You Should Avoid The Meatballs)

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That’s lunch sorted.

Everybody loves free stuff and it’s even better when that free stuff is free food… although maybe not that great when it’s Subway. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love Subway, but as it’s slowly crept into every single nook and cranny of the country, you’ve got to admit that despite their motto being ‘eat fresh’, the quality of the food has dropped dramatically.

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Having said that though, you do sometimes get that hungover craving for the Italian BMT with the southwest sauce, so next time that happens, bear this nice little trick in mind and you might be able to get your sub for free. According to an American Reddit user who claims to have worked in the fast food outlet for over a year, this is how you do it:


Look really distressed and disgusted with how they’re making your sandwich. Order something, and take it to your seat, open it… walk back and tell them it’s not made right.

Nine times out of 10, they’ll just make you a free courtesy sandwich. This won’t work everywhere, but at our store, we’re trained to not argue back and to just give them a second sandwich for free.

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If you don’t feel like being such a dick, there’s another way too.

Start a lot of casual conversation and engage the sandwich artist. Then when he’s ringing you up, look into your wallet and exclaim “Oh shit, I thought I had more cash! I won’t have enough”. Ask him if he can “hook it up”.

Again, it’s a gamble, but if you play your cards right, you’ll get a discount of some kind.

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Damn – I was hoping it would be a lot easier than that and there was actually some kinda secret code to get hooked up. This sounds like quite a lot of effort and if you actually want a free sandwich then you’ve got to be a class A jerk to the guy serving you who probably already hates his job anyway. Still, if you’re desperate, I guess it’s worth a try.

He also added that you should probably avoid the meatballs as they’re the items that go bad the quickest:

Early mornings, ask if the meatballs are fresh. You’ll be told “yes” no matter what but if they have to check, it’s actually a guaranteed no.

They’re checking to see if they can pass as fresh. Trust me, meatballs are annoying to prep – we know damn well if they’re fresh or not without needing to check.

That’s the last time I buy a meatball sub.

For more of the same, here’s how to get free food in 17 different chain restaurants in the country. Nicely done.


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