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FUN MAGAZINE, June, 2005.
By Joe Duffer Translated by Crystal
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Last weekend, I took the kids up Yangmingshan for a
hike in the hills. Motoring up Yangde Road, I passed
Harold's Subway, which is all too easy to do on that
busy section of road. I decided to stop and get the
fixings for a picnic.
Franchise owner Harold Raulston, aka Harold (??), was
there. "What's up? How you been?" I said to
my old friend.
"Daddy I want a 'hanbao', fren' fry and a toy,"
said my daughter, Zoe.
Before I could reply, Harold interjected. "You
know, Zoe, there are more than 20,000 Subways in 81
countries worldwide. There are more Subways in America
than McDonald's because people are starting to eat better,
so they can live longer and healthier lives. With 42
[stores] in Taiwan and more opening soon, it's funny
that there are still a few big misconceptions about
"Do you have a toy?" said Zoe. Heather rolled
her eyes, grinned and nodded her head in her younger
sister's direction as if to say, "What a goof ball."
"....Subway does not sell hamburgers like McDonald's,"
Harold continued while folding paper in his hands. "Our
sandwiches are made in front of you to your order, full
of fresh vegetables and cold cuts; and they are not
just cold food to be eaten only in summer. Any sandwich
can be heated. In addition, we have hot soup, tea, coffee,
juice, sodas, chips and cookies. All of which make for
a healthy, satisfying, well balanced meal any time of
"Heck of a way to deal with a four-year-old, Harold,"
I thought to myself.
"Mama said Subway is expensive," said the
"I hear that a lot," said Harold. "Usually
from Taiwanese who have not lived overseas. Subway is
not expensive and it's not too much sandwich. The most
expensive 12-inch sandwich is NT$180. But two people
can share a 12-inch sandwich! That's you and Heather."
"Heather don't share," said a pouting Zoe.
"....If she shares a 12-inch Chicken Sandwich (NT$145)
with you," said Harold, without skipping a beat,
"then it's less than NT$75 per person or, for the
Tuna (NT$125), less than NT$65 per person. A Value Meal
saves you NT$10 and includes a 6-inch sandwich, soda
and cookies or chips. If you use the 'Sub Club' card
you get a free sandwich after filling it with eight
Harold handed Zoe the paper airplane he'd been folding
while talking. Loaded down with a few value meals, we
set back out on our picnic and, later that day on the
trail, Heather shared her Chicken Sandwich with a happy
For the address of a Subway in your area, please refer
to the Subway advertisement in this magazine or contact
their service hotline: 02- 2504-3982.