FFRF stops illegal sub shop church bulletin discount (Aug. 21, 2011)

On Aug. 15, 2011, FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt wrote a letter of complaint to an Ardmore, Okla. Quizno’s sandwich shop complaining about a sign on the counter of the restaurant, which read, “Sundays Only: Trade ‘This’ Sundays Church Bulletin for 10% Discount.” The complainant informed FFRF that when asked if a bulletin could be brought in from a non-Christian organization, such as an atheist group, an employee responded, “No, it has to be a Christian church.”

Schmitt informed the Quizno’s owner that this was a violation of the Civil Rights Act as well as Oklahoma law and urged the owner to “discontinue these discriminatory actions by eliminating the discount altogether, or by making the discount available to all members of [the] community.”

On Aug. 21, 2011, the complainant informed FFRF that they had recently asked the same employee at the Ardmore Quizno’s if they still had the Sunday discount. The employee replied that it had been discontinued because “some atheist was threatening to sue.” 

Freedom From Religion Foundation