Subway worker fired for 'Big Mama' message

SAN DIEGO - A Subway worker who left an insulting message on a Murrieta woman's order has been fired, 10News learned Friday.

In a letter sent to Allison Brown's attorney, Dan Gilleon, Subway corporate officials said, in part:

"It is our understanding that he (store owner) has investigated the matter and terminated the employee involved. Any further inquiries should be directed to the store owner … We neither employ the individual referenced … nor do we exercise the requisite control over the subject location to implement the resolution you seek …"

"It's not right. It's not right," Brown told 10News reporter Michael Chen on Wednesday.

Brown, Murrieta resident, recently stopped by the Subway restaurant on 1906 Hacienda Drive in Vista and ordered a 6-inch tuna sandwich and two flatbread "Flatizzas" -- one for her and the other for her husband.

However, when she got home, she saw that someone had written "Big Mama" on one of her Flatizza boxes.

"When I took it out, I saw 'Big Mama' … What is this?" said Brown, who added she has always been conscious of her weight. "I was hurt. I was devastated. I was crying."

Brown said she took the issue up with the franchise owner of the Subway and he apologized. Brown also said the owner told her this of the worker: "He just said he doesn't know better. He kept trying to explain it to him and his worker didn't get it."

Gilleon sent Subway's corporate office a letter that stated legal action was possible. However, instead of money, Brown asked that all Subway employees go through anti-discrimination training led by an outside firm.

After the story aired on Wednesday, restaurant owner Sanjiv Mehta issued this statement:

"As a small business owner, I do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. When I learned of this incident I immediately investigated and disciplined the employee involved. I also made contact with the customer in an effort to resolve this matter."

"I will never stop foot in a Subway again. You couldn't pay me to eat there again," said Brown.

Brown said she was a loyal Subway customer and was inspired to eat right by Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, known for his weight loss off the Subway menu.

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