Outrage Over Subway Sign Message Used To Sell Sandwiches

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A “distasteful” sign at a Subway restaurant in Rincon, Georgia, recently drew criticism for appearing to allude to the submersible OceanGate Titan’s explosion in the Atlantic Ocean.

The four words on the sign that appeared in the suburb of Savannah causing controversy, read “Our subs don’t implode,” WTOC 11 reported. A store manager told the news outlet that the sign has since been removed.

On June 18, five individuals perished while traveling in the submersible to view the Titanic’s wreckage.

On board were Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman, together with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, Hamish Harding, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Hamish Harding.

One Twitter user called out the sandwich shop on Twitter, saying, “@SUBWAY this is at your store in Rincon, GA. Not only is it distasteful, it’s just sad. Do better.”

Another demanded that the person in charge of the sign be fired.

“Fire the person responsible for this sign and do a cooperate apology, thats super inconsiderate,” the user wrote.

“They should never refer to anything on their menu regarding that situation,” another added. “Shame on Subway.”

Subway provided a statement to Fox News outlining their position on the signage.

“We have been in contact with the franchise about this matter and made it clear that this kind of comment has no place in our business,” Subway told the outlet. “The sign has since been removed.”

Subway was not the first company to experience criticism for bringing up the submersible disaster.

Just days after the disaster, the video streaming service Netflix added James Cameron’s 1997 movie “Titanic” to its library, drawing criticism from some, according to Variety.

The date, according to the outlet, was a coincidence because the deal had been planned for many months.


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