From my perspective, Subway, not McDonald’s is the enemy of consumers.
McDonald’s seems to spend a lot of time in the spotlight for making Americans fat, making children unhealthy, and worse, I’m sure.
Subway, on the other hand, seems to slide under the busybodies’ radar. Perhaps it’s because their food is so stinkin’ healthy (after all that’s what their advertising tells us, so it must be true. Heaven forbid we should choose food because it satisfies our hunger and happens to be tasty!).
While we were out today, my daughter needed something to eat. She likes the sandwiches at Subway, and asked for one. At Subway, the grown-up combo comes with a bag of chips and a soda; the kids’ combo comes with juice or milk and apples or yogurt. Usually Katelyn gets some of the chips from my combo and we save the yogurt or apples for a snack later on. Today, since it was just Katelyn getting food, I asked if we could substitute chips for the side. The cashier shook her head and said that she couldn’t do that unless we paid extra for the chips.
For a while now, McDonald’s has allowed parents and kids to choose whether they want fries or apple slices with a Happy Meal. Recently, they announced that all Happy Meals would include a smaller portion of both items (no doubt to appease the nutrition Nazis).
Who’s responsibility is it to oversee childrens’ diets? Not McDonald’s, not Subway, and certainly not totalitarian dietitians. For consumers, more choices are always better. I’m less inclined to patronize a Subway because they are less inclined to give me what I want for my money. It’s as simple as that.
In the end, the clerk at our local Subway offered a compromise: I could get a cookie instead of apple slices, and still have the pleasure of purchasing the extra chips. Thanks so much, Subway, for looking out for me.