HUFFINGTON POST
11/07/2012 03:23 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2012

Subway Makes A 'Verizon Math' Fail, Offers Subs For Less Than A Penny

A Subway store made an embarrassing error on one of its promotional posters, offering a very special Sunday meal deal, Consumerist reports.

The banner advertised that for every full priced 6-inch sandwich purchased, customers could order a second 6-inch for just .99 cents. Presumably, the store meant to write 99 cents, but as it stands, the second sandwich was being sold for less than one penny.

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The math error was reminiscent of the famous "Verizon Math" incident of a few years ago, in which Verizon wireless customer George Vaccaro recorded his frustrating phone conversation with service representatives at Verizon Wireless, both of whom did not understand the difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents.

The ensuing conversation, which was posted online, climbed to the top 50 in YouTube’s comedy section at the time, according to The New York Times.

Subway's math fail, now immortalized by a quick tipster, will probably not reach the same level of infamy. The hugely successful chain could probably afford to give some subs away for free, regardless. In 2012 there were over 37,000 shops globally, generating $16.6 billion in revenue, according to Forbes.

But, as Consumerist points out, it only takes one quick-witted customer to "try to pay for that second sandwich with a penny and make a sandwich artist’s day really crappy."

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