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04th Jul 2023

Subway restaurant criticised for ‘poor taste’ over Titanic sub joke on sign

Steve Hopkins

‘This is what we are doing now? Making fun of people who lost their lives’

A Subway restaurant is being slammed for making a joke about the Titan submarine tragedy that claimed five lives just weeks ago.

Everyone onboard OceanGate’s submersible died after it suffered a “catastrophic implosion” while diving to see the wreckage of the Titanic.

Communications were lost with the Titan one hour and 45 minutes after it set off on June 18, sparking a race against time to find the 21-foot-long vessel that had just 96-hours of emergency oxygen and limited rations on board. Days later the US Coast Guard announced several days later that debris had been found on the seabed, 1,600 feet (488 meters) from the bow of the Titanic, leaving experts to determine tragedy had struck claiming the lives of everyone onboard: British billionaire Hamish Harding, 58, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, 61, French navy veteran Paul-Henri Nargeolet, 77, and Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19, who was “terrified” but went along as a Father’s Day gift.

A Subway in the US has made light of the tragedy in an attempt to get people to eat its sandwiches.

A sign outside the Rincon Subway restaurant in Georgia reads: “Our subs don’t implode.”

People are not happy.

Under a Reddit post that read ‘Is it tasteless? Well yeah, it is Subway’, loads of people have been sharing their outrage, though many debated if the ‘joke’ was more tasteless than the products the chain offers.

One person tweeted: “This is at your store in Rincon, GA. “Not only is it distasteful, it’s just sad. Do better.”

Another person wrote: “This is what we are doing now? Making fun of people who lost their lives.”