American fast-food brand Subway is already making a great show of distancing itself from its mascot of 17 years, Jared Fogle, after Fogle’s home was raided in a child porn investigation. But is the sandwich chain hitting Fogle where it counts? Is Jared Fogle still using his sandwiches-for-life “Subway black card”?
If you were once a believer in sandwich muse Jared Fogle, you’re probably familiar with the fact that he holds a legendary artifact: a Subway black card that grants him free Subway sandwiches for life. Though the terms of Fogle’s cardholder’s agreement are shrouded in secrecy, it stands to reason that Subway, the bestower of the card, would be able to cut it off like a stolen credit card—but have they?
From: Ashley Feinberg
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:11 AM
To: Cindy Carrasquilla
Subject: Question for Gawker
I’m a reporter for Gawker, and I was wondering if you could help me out with a question I had in light of the recent news about Jared Fogle.
I know Jared was previously a Subway black card holder, so considering everything that has happened, does Subway plan on revoking Jared’s black card?
On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Rob Bronfeld wrote:
OFFICIAL SUBWAY STATEMENT:
”We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.
”THE STATEMENT SHOULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO SUBWAY SPOKESMAN
On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:21 PM, Ashley Feinberg wrote:
Thanks for getting back to me. I just want to confirm—does this mean that Jared Fogle will be allowed to continue using his Subway black card for the time being?
At publication time, Subway has not responded. For all we know, Subway Jared is using his Subway black card as we speak.
Subway has provided us with the following, additional statement:
Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.
Meanwhile, our questions remain unanswered.