Not all heroes wear capes, and no one exemplifies this more than the brave souls at your local fast-food joint. The job itself is basically a blessing and a curse where employees try to navigate the complex world of customer service with a cheerful smile. There are the long hours, low pay, and lazy management that make it a tough and thankless experience. But at the same time, wholesome colleagues and side-splitting "special instructions" customers add to their orders work as the perfect mood booster workers didn't know they needed.

There’s not a dull day in the life of a fast-food worker, and people who proudly wear their green and yellow t-shirts know this from personal experience. We’re talking about Subway employees who work hard to provide you with a portion of the good stuff and should get the respect they most definitely deserve.

So today, we’re diving deep into the aspects of a sandwich artist's life, the good and the bad, courtesy of the 'Subway' subreddit. Although the community seems to be still growing, it provides a safe space for people to talk, share, love (and hate!) everything to do with the sandwich palace. We've gathered some of the best posts from the group, so continue scrolling to check them all out! Be sure to upvote your favorites and let us know what you think in the comments.

Psst! For more goodness from the 'Subway' subreddit, look no further than Bored Panda's earlier piece on this feature right here.

#1

Made Sense To Me, Still Makes Sense To Me

Made Sense To Me, Still Makes Sense To Me

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#2

First Time Seeing A Sign Like This, Made Me Chuckle

First Time Seeing A Sign Like This, Made Me Chuckle

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#3

Good For You, Buddy. Good For You

Good For You, Buddy. Good For You

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General Anaesthesia
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yet for all your loyalty and hard work, your employer still thinks you're expendable.

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As the moderators state in the community description, the 'Subway' online group is dedicated to customers and employees of Subway, the sandwich chain. "Looking to talk about subway trains?" they ask, "You probably want r/subways", illustrating just how often Redditors mix the two forums together.

With over 26k members aka sandwich artists following the community, the group seems to be still growing. However, it already has some clear guidelines for fellow Subway enthusiasts to consider before sharing something with others. For example, posts must be strictly Subway-related, and spam is not tolerated. Redditors should also avoid revealing identifiable information, "that includes posting addresses, store numbers, or telephone numbers."

Thankfully, Subway-related memes are allowed — as long as they follow other rules. "Minimal effort, spam, and off-topic memes may be removed," the mods added.

#4

Around 1 Sub Per Minute Sounds Pretty Impressive To Me!

Around 1 Sub Per Minute Sounds Pretty Impressive To Me!

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Mulberry Juice
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s over one sub per minute!! Those workers were quick you entitled twat!!

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#5

Saw Someone Else Post, I Hung This Up A Few Weeks Ago

Saw Someone Else Post, I Hung This Up A Few Weeks Ago

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Pandaroo
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That owner should really get a super wedgie...

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#6

I Gave Them Extra Cookies

I Gave Them Extra Cookies

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Lothriel
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Minimize BoredPanda tab, open Wikipedia tab, close Wikipedia tab, come back to boredpanda tab. Damn, he/she's right

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For our earlier piece on strange fast food orders that drive employees mad, we reached out to the team looking after the subreddit. One moderator, who preferred to stay anonymous, was more than happy to share their thoughts about the group.

Unfortunately, the origin of the group seems to remain a mystery. When we asked about the initial inspiration for the sub, the moderator explained that they were not yet around at that time. However, one person from their team has been present since the beginning, but he was not the original creator, who left the subreddit years ago.

#7

Today Our Regular Karen Came In Acting Kind For The First Time And Handed Us This Note When She Left

Today Our Regular Karen Came In Acting Kind For The First Time And Handed Us This Note When She Left

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Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can somebody please tell me what the hell that note says, I can't read it

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#8

We Followed The Special Instructions. This Is Now One Of My Favorite Customers

We Followed The Special Instructions. This Is Now One Of My Favorite Customers

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#9

Anyone Miss The Old Subway Design?

Anyone Miss The Old Subway Design?

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The moderator told Bored Panda that the community is decently active, "with customers asking opinions on sandwiches, or employees talking about their experiences." It offers a perfect space for workers to vent their frustrations, seek advice, and find comfort from fellow employees about the difficult situations they face daily.

"When employees talk about their grievances, other employees will chime in with their own, or ways to help! Employees in the sub, past and present, are generally pretty supportive of other employees," they added.

#10

I've Put Up A Sign But It’s Gonna Be Ignored Anyway

I've Put Up A Sign But It’s Gonna Be Ignored Anyway

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#12

My Veggies In The Morning Before They Get Destroyed During The Lunch Rush

My Veggies In The Morning Before They Get Destroyed During The Lunch Rush

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Ask any food service employee, and you’ll know that some customers have a way of annoying the people who serve them to the max. Specific actions and behaviors commonly associated with patrons that sandwich artists absolutely despise range anywhere from not knowing what they want beforehand to texting on their phones while ordering and touching the glass every single day.

And guessing from the abundance of posts in the community, weird orders customers make are also at the top of the list. They are quite a common category in the group, but thankfully, they often serve as a perfect source of entertainment. Or, as the mod told us, "It’s fun to see what people get requested, and others to share theirs in the comments!"

#13

Accurate

Accurate

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WindySwede
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I imagine 63 footlong mom being this understanding..

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#14

Has This Been Done Already

Has This Been Done Already

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juan McCauley
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Why's my sandwich soggy?" -You wanted extra vinegar and got it toasted?-

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#15

My Local Subway Has This Above The Veggies

My Local Subway Has This Above The Veggies

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But the group also gives a stage for the clients to voice their opinions as well. "The main thing I see from customers in the sub are complaints about prices (which we all agree are kind of getting ridiculous nowadays), or the never-ending app glitches charging $99+ for cheese or some other item," they said.

#16

Little Did This Poor Guy Know, My Boss Forgot To Remove Pickles From Our UberEats

Little Did This Poor Guy Know, My Boss Forgot To Remove Pickles From Our UberEats

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#18

*cryng Inside*

*cryng Inside*

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Aaron W
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't disrespect people who handle your food. And walking in at closing time, making tired workers stay back for you, is disrespectful.

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The moderator also revealed that customers often criticize the fast-food restaurant chain, and they do not hold back. "Besides complaints about the app glitch posts, it would be customers blaming us for pricing, even though it is not the employees' fault. There have been a few cases of some customers harassing others in comments as well."

#20

Holy S**t

Holy S**t

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Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dang I could only dream of that much money in my bank account

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#21

How I Feel After My Shifts

How I Feel After My Shifts

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But even though patrons complain about the food or the quality of the service, they still return to their favorite joints over and over again. It’s hard to argue with the fact that fast food is delicious, convenient, and comforting. This is probably the reason why 36% of American adults consume a portion on any given day.

So we hope that this post will remind you that working in Subway can be one heck of a ride, and the people who spend their time and effort to fulfill your wishes should get the respect they deserve. Continue scrolling through this list, let us know what you think in the comments, and the next time you step foot into the palace, remember to be kind and greet your hard-working sandwich artist with a smile.

#22

Tfw All The Chips Expire Today And You End Up Taking 134 Bags Home

Tfw All The Chips Expire Today And You End Up Taking 134 Bags Home

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Zara the squid 🦑 (she/they)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So wasteful, as part of the squid community we do not like when this kind of stuff is dumped into the oceans! edit: I misread it!!! sorry! ty for corrections in replies

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#23

So This Is How My Morning Went

So This Is How My Morning Went

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#25

I Actually Have People Ask Why I Have This Up

I Actually Have People Ask Why I Have This Up

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Zara the squid 🦑 (she/they)
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People ask?! I would think they’d just have basic manners and order without scrolling on their phones. How sad

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#26

For All Of Us Out There

For All Of Us Out There

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Philly Bob Squires
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've done it 1000 times and it really can be a pain in the a$$... and they're heavier than they look too!

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#27

Everyday

Everyday

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Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think a real Karen would be able to slap Chris Rock to Neptune

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#28

Actual Footage Of Me Trying To Seperate Gluten Free Breads Infront Of A Cute Customer Before Toasting Them To Defrost

Actual Footage Of Me Trying To Seperate Gluten Free Breads Infront Of A Cute Customer Before Toasting Them To Defrost

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#29

Thanks! I'm Not Gonna Remember That!

Thanks! I'm Not Gonna Remember That!

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Zoltán Kiss
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just out of curiosity, what's the appropriate procedure there? A written list, or just keep verbally informing the staff about the next sandwich?

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#30

What I Came In To At Work Today... I Open The Store

What I Came In To At Work Today... I Open The Store

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#31

185 Sandwiches In One Hr ..nailed It Whoot Whoot

185 Sandwiches In One Hr ..nailed It Whoot Whoot

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#32

Why

Why

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Zara the squid 🦑 (she/they)
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There’s only one way to describe the people who did this: crusty garbage rats

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#33

I Thought I Smelled Dr. Pepper

I Thought I Smelled Dr. Pepper

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#34

Never Seen A Subway With A Drive Thru. As Someone That Worked At A Subway, This Sounds Like Hell!

Never Seen A Subway With A Drive Thru. As Someone That Worked At A Subway, This Sounds Like Hell!

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#36

When The Customers Won't Comprehend The Mask Rule And You're Just Trying To Do Your Job

When The Customers Won't Comprehend The Mask Rule And You're Just Trying To Do Your Job

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Pieter LeGrande
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My assistant has the most dreadful smokers cough. She apologises to unmasked customers and assures them she is pretty sure it's not COVID. Doesn't always work, but by gosh they back up a few extra feet.

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#39

When You Outsmart Your Customers By Exposing Your Store's Secrets

When You Outsmart Your Customers By Exposing Your Store's Secrets

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Satan Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want regular mayo. They said they didn’t have regular mayo. I then pointed to the sign, where in print, it listed mayo THEN light mayo. They said that the regular mayo was only used to make the tuna salad. I said then you DO have regular mayo? And he was like ???? We do. Thank god it was a buddy behind the counter or I would have exploded. Thank you to all the sandwich artists out there: we do love you!!

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#40

I'm 10'5/178cm

I'm 10'5/178cm

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