They should have smelled this prank from a mile away, which is exactly how far away you can smell Subway's sugar-drenched bread.
First, the Onion published a fake Subway coupon advertising two foot-long subs for $9.11.
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“From the Structural Steel Melt on Tower 7–Grain bread to the Twin Chowers cold cut combo with Ground Zero–Carb vinaigrette on a Let’s Whole Wheat Roll, we’ve got something for everybody this Subtember 11," the promotion promised.
Actual Subway was not amused, tweeting:
Like everyone, we are deeply offended by the fake story and ad created by The Onion.
— SUBWAY Restaurants (@SUBWAY) September 6, 2013
But one Subway restaurant didn't get the message re: being offended. As Gawker reports, in the video above, a prankster and his friend successfully convince Subway sandwich artists to accept the coupons as legitimate.
I played a prank on my friend and convinced him that The Onion's satirical 9/11 deal was a real promotion, and when he and my other co-worker (who was in on it) went to grab the food Subway actually honored the promotion. I gave my co-worker a blown up version of the picture that The Onion made for their article and they accepted it. I have a receipt showing a subtotal of $9.11 before taxes. My mind was blown.