We recently discovered that one local Subway franchise was no longer giving out stamps. So we started frequenting a different Subway location. We had been wondering why the first store had made this change. Now I know why.
Ever since the 1980s, Subway customers have received a stamp for every six-inch sandwich purchased (two stamps for a foot-long); filling up a Sub Club card with the requisite number of stamps entitles the customer to a free sandwich. Alas, by the end of September 2005 the Sub Club will be no more, another victim of technology which makes counterfeiting coupons and proof-of-purchase stamps on home computer equipment all too easy.
I guess we’ll have to see what happens with the new magstripe based cards that are mentioned. The problem with that is that we probably won’t be able to share credits like we do now. I usually give my stamps to Susan, and we consolidate our collective family stamps to fill up cards.