Although Subway may be a healthy alternative to the food served at McDonald’s, the pictures of sandwiches on the menu boards do not match what you are served. My usual sandwich of choice is the B.L.T. All of the ingredients in a sandwich must fuse as a cohesive whole; however, with a B.L.T sandwich, the bacon is the star of the show. With a six-inch B.L.T, only a few strips of bacon are piled into the bread. I am always hungry enough to tell them to double the meat, paying more for the extra bacon. When there is a normal amount of meat, I only taste L and T, but not enough B.
At Subway, as well as Quizno’s, the sandwiches pictured on the menu burst with meat, as if they have been packed to the limit. With so much meat in the sandwiches, they look as if they cannot fit into your mouth.
Why do sandwich restaurants, or rather all fast-food restaurants show a discrepancy between what is shown on the menu and what is actually served? The answer is to make a food item appear attractive so the customer will buy it.
People are no different than sandwich menus. On dating websites, people prefer to use the most attractive pictures of themselves, rather than show honest pictures. Push-up bras and underwear that gets rid of that “junk in the trunk” conceal something that shouldn’t be concealed: the discrepancy between what isn’t there and what is really there.
We deceive one another with doctored pictures to get others to think we’re more than we really are, like a beefed-up, overstuffed submarine sandwich.
When I was in high school, senior year, the company who took our senior portraits sent me the pictures they took of me and asked for a reply of which one to use. I looked at all of them and felt disgusted: pimples covered my face in all the shots. In its letter accompanying the shots, the company said it would brush out the blemishes. Although I am not proud of my senior year book picture, the blemishes at least are gone. But that sting of having had seen the original shots of zits as big as those lobster chunks in a Quizno’s lobster sandwich covering my forehead and cheeks still gets to me.
Although they may be effective, I have trouble believing those get-fit-quick workout infomercials that are aired after-hours on television. In the infomercials, they show “before and after” pictures of a person. On the left side, the person appears out of shape and on the right the person is toned and trimmed. And all of this can be possible within nine weeks, the infomercial may say! But those pictures really annoy me. Those infomercials forget to take into account diet, and when they do, it’s in the fine print. (Maybe they should eat only Subway. After all, it’s the food of athletes everywhere!) Anyway, like Subway and Quizno’s using beefed-up pictures on their menus, fitness video infomercials use beefed-up pictures of people experiencing atypical results in their videos.
So the next time you’re at a submarine sandwich restaurant and see that what you’re served doesn’t match what’s on the menu, question the sandwich artisan in the same manner you would if you were in the Matrix: “Is this real? Because there’s a discrepancy between what’s on the menu and what I’m being served.”