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Hot on the Web: Coming up short: The Subway controversy

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Jan 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-17 07:40:07-05

NEW YORK, New York (WTXL/AP) -- Coming up short.

A photo posted on Facebook is causing a bit of controversy for restaurant-chain Subway.

Subway, the world's largest fast food chain with 37,000 locations, is facing criticism after Australian man Matt Corby posted a picture on the company's Facebook page of one of its famous footlong sandwiches next to a tape measure that seems to shows it's just 11 inches; 1 inch short of a foot.

Corby posted the photo to Subway's Facebook page with the text: "subway pls respond."

In hours Corby's photo got thousands of comments and "likes".

New York Post newspaper launched a sandwich-measuring investigating of their own, finding, they say, that four out of seven Footlongs purchased at Subway locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens measured only 11 or 11.5 inches.

Facebook comments have gone every which way.

"It's 12 when cooked then shrinks when cooled! I worked there 5 yrs!" one commenter noted.

"If I'm paying for a footlong sub that they so annoyingly advertise, then I want a footlong sub. And to all others, yes it does matter," posted another.

Subway has yet to respond to the Facebook post.