A Subway employee is sparking a major debate after sharing the supposedly “hidden” fees that the chain charges in some states.
The employee, who goes by the name babyybrinaa1 on social media, shared the extra costs in a series of TikTok videos. In the clips, she explains how customers could be charged more for different versions of essentially the same sandwich order.
But as it turned out, the videos actually revealed an issue related to state tax code, not Subway policy. However, the TikToker’s “hacks” for saving money can still be helpful depending on the state.
For example, one of her clips claims that Subway secretly charges extra for toasted sandwiches, as opposed to their unheated counterparts.
“So if you guys didn’t know, Subway is actually charging you for every sandwich you get toasted,” she says, before showing a $0.60-cent difference in the orders.
The truth, as many TikTok users pointed out — and babyybrinaa1 admitted in the comments she’d just learned — is that this cost is a result of California’s “hot food” tax. The state, where babyybrinaa1’s particular Subway store is located, actually adds a sales tax to “hot prepared food products.”
Another video shows a “hack” for saving money on takeout orders, with the TikToker revealing that her Subway location charges extra for dine-in orders.
Again, that issue is actually the result of California sales tax. As LA Weekly reported, state law requires restaurants to tax the sale of food eaten on their premises, however this usually doesn’t apply to takeout orders.
Similar laws exist within several other states, so it’s worth looking up the tax laws in your area if you want to save a few cents on your sandwich.
Many TikTok users pointed out that babyybrinaa1’s “hacks” were based on something out of Subway’s control, but others were still quick to express their outrage that extra fees can exist at all.
“yo that’s messed up,” one user wrote.
“You just lost your job,” another added.
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