Subway takes Pork off the Menu in some UK locations
I'd never sign a petition such as you suggest. More power to the Subway stores that have taken this bold step. If you don't like it, shop elsewhere.
Also, your subject line is not true. Pork will not be banned in the UK. Some stores in a franchise will not carry pork products. That's a far cry from your subject line.
Hi BaconPatrol...welcome to the forum
Do you live near one of these particular Subway restaurants? I can certainly see how this would be frustrating to other customers who frequent these stores. They have certainly got a legitimate complaint...and should make their voices heard.
But I also don't know what the population is like near these stores either. I'm not educated on the life of a Muslim or what Islamic traditions may entirely be, but I don't think the needs of the community can be overlooked. It seems obvious why Muslims wouldn't buy food at an establishment that was using pork as a product within their store, especially at the same work stations.
If the majority of patrons entering the store are Muslim I think it would be foolish not to cater to your customers. Businesses tailor the services to their customer all the time, and frankly I think that's a good practice for any business. If this is a business decision that's hurting their profit margin then they have a few choices. Either restructure and change the services they provide or stick with it and see if they can find a way to be profitable over time.
Either way I applaud any business that will make a choice to provide a better service to their community, and if that means not catering to my preferences...so be it.
I do love bacon...but I believe the owners need to find a balance of what they want to provide and if it's sustainable at each particular location. (I'm assuming that Subway doesn't have any moral issues with pork themselves, because they have no problem serving it at their other stores.)
Go bacon! <----- speaking solely for myself :)
Down in the south hot dogs are big business. We had the best dogs growing up. But since I moved to NY all I can find here are kosher dogs. Frankly (no pun intended ) I can't stand all beef kosher dogs. Once in a while I'll run into a real frankfurter in the grocery store and stock up for my freezer. But otherwise I hardly ever eat what was once a beloved food. The fact is though that nobody around here is crying over not having my business - nobody here would ever even want a hot dog like the ones I like.
Off I go now, dreamin of a real hot dog with yellow mustard, raw onion, spicy chili, topped with fresh creamy cole slaw.
Note that the original poster says "some" Subways. To me that means their customer base is such that not serving pork makes more economic sense than does including it. Basically, a business decision that is nobody's concern except the franchisee.
The idea of petitions, and newspaper editorials, and all that hoopla just leaves me cold. If you don't like that policy you merely cast a dollar-ballot. It's just that simple.
All that aside, if you read the original post carefully it's just a sneaky way the poster used to tout his own website. Now, then, if there's anything that needs to be stopped it's that sort of insidious spam.
If you don't like a company just don't patronize it. If enough people do the same, the company will either change or go under. That's what happens when people take individual responsibility instead of depending on big brother.
It takes work, care, and precision to make sure you're not cross-contaminating, in terms of a person or culture's rules. But taking that care and precision, you can try to keep both customer bases. If someone at that point still complains about a product I'm selling, they are free to stay away and to take their business elsewhere. As it is, while we don't certify anything, I try very hard to make sure that I am not mixing ingredients that might violate someone's personal code. That being said, I don't know all the gritty details of an individual's dietary choices, but I do the best I can.
However, in the case of a chain like Subway, if they ban pork products only in specific stores (v. in all stores in a given area) they can still in a way appease both customer groups.
That certainly would imply gubmint involvement. Who else would do the banning?
little sarcasm never hurt anyone
Oh, I missed your reference to Kuan's post.
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Well, looks like this guy got the attention he (or she?) craved. I think there are actual crises in the world that need someone like him/her shouting for people's attention, rather than a majoritarian feeling as if s/he were trampled on because some fast food chain is catering to their local customer base.
Touche Mezzaluna ... and I fully agree let's not sweat the small stuff as there are bigger issues in the world at hand.
by the way I have a hang nail...LOL
The majority of Celiacs live in Ireland ......and they never blew anything up? The IRA might have a different opinion on that one lolololol........... just saying
I've never cared for Subway or Mr Sub for that matter. Their deli meats are sliced too thick for my liking and the breads aren't the best either. I had Quizno's a few weeks ago and even that didn't impress me too much. The best subs I have ever had come from a local place.. Bonanza Bakery. For $2.50 you get a sub on a bakery bun filled with thinly sliced good quality meats, lettuce and tomato and cheese. You can get it with mustard and mayo or plain and add your own dressing to it. Being allergic to eggs I always get mine plain and add sundried tomato and oregano dressing to it once I get it home. This place also has a hot lunch table during the week and the food is all made from scratch on the premises. I like their pizza alot as well as their lasagne with spicy tomato sauce.
Speaking of celiacs... when I worked at the cafe we had a lady who came in for the first time who was celiac. After speaking with her I did let her know that if there was something on the sandwich menu that she was interested in, I could easily top a salad with it for her and give her an olive oil and balsamic vinagarette to go with it. She was so happy that I was willing to alter the menu to meet her needs and she became one of our regular customers. I'm always very aware of the gluten issue when I make soups at work and if I have to use a roux I make sure the servers know that the soup contains wheat flour and that they let the customers know.
These were born a few months ago, we are finishing the one on the left, and he will be processed in a few weeks. The other two will stay around to make more little piggies. When I process the pig, and have some wonderful tasting cuts of pork, I may have to crack open a beer when I'm smoking some butts, and Salute all the pork loving people in the world................Chef Bill
A friend of my mother in law's had a pig farm and she would always buy her pork from him.. it was the best pork I have ever had! He made his own sausages too and they were out of this world. His son has taken over the farm now and does just as good a job as his dad.