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SUBWAY FRANCHISEE: “I told Subway about Jared Fogle’s interest in kids, and they did nothing“
By: Hayley Peterson, Aug 27, 2015
Here are excerpts from a Business Insider article on the warnings that Subway received in 2008 about Jared Fogle.
A former Subway franchisee claims she warned Subway about Jared Fogle’s sexual interest in children seven years ago and that the sandwich chain did nothing. …
Mills says she shared this information with Subway in 2008 but that the company ignored her complaints. That’s when she decided to hire a lawyer. …
The company said Wednesday that it is investigating whether executives were aware of Fogle’s interest in children.
Mills says that when she contacted Subway about Fogle’s behavior in 2008, the company directed her to Jeff Moody, then CEO of SFAFT. Mills says that she spoke to Moody on the phone and told him about Fogle’s disturbing comments about children. …
Mills says Moody cut her off in the middle of the conversation, saying, “Please don’t tell me any more.”
He indicated that he had dealt with similar complaints in the past, according to Mills.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, he has met someone. She is a teacher and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will help keep him grounded,'” Mills recalls.
Moody, now CEO of Rita’s Italian Ice, did not respond to requests for comment.
In a July 31 statement regarding the matter, Subway told Business Insider, “Jeff Moody hasn’t worked for the brand for years and we have no record of this allegation.”
Mills says she didn’t drop the issue after her alleged conversation with Moody.
She says she also contacted a regional Subway manager tasked with making sure franchisees have all appropriate signage and advertising in their stores.
Mills says she asked the manager — whose name she couldn’t recall — if she could remove all Jared Fogle signage from her store.
“Every time I would see him on TV in a commercial with his arms around these children, it would kill me,” Mills said. “I couldn’t stand it anymore.”
Mills says her request to remove Fogle marketing from her store was denied.
Read through the timeline and you’ll see a parallel between Fogle’s situation and what happened at FCCF.