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  • Brett M

    Is waiting in line for an hour really worth saving 6-7 dollars on a sandwich? Only if you’re broke.

    • Trip Throckmorton


    • Anonymous

      I don’t think it’s about how much money they save, it’s probably more about whether they’ve got something more useful to do with the time. At any given time in the downtown DC office world, there’s plenty of people who don’t. (Personally, I always have something ‘more useful’ to do than wait in line for cheap food.)

      • Yeah, plus add in nice weather, and liberal lunch policies, and for most folks what else are they gonna be doing? Staring at powerpoint?

        • Anon

          I’d agree with you, except posting on PoPville is a million times easier on an office computer than on a cell phone. ;)

      • anon

        well la ti da don’t you sound important (and condescending)

    • DCMau5

      government productivity summarized in one picture here


      • ash

        Huh? Oh, you’re assuming that all of the people in line are also government employees.

      • MtP

        This is nonsense. There are likely some government offices scattered around 14th and L, but I would venture to say the vast majority of workers in that area are not government workers.

      • anon

        sorry, but this is about as asinine as the “built upon the backs of US taxpayers” and “DC needs a recession” blunder (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/03/23/iowa-congressman-says-d-c-needs-a-recession-because-it-has-cranes-everywhere/).

      • Anonymous

        14th and L is the epicenter for law firms, lobbying shops, think tanks, and non-profits. Not a lot of government employers in that area.
        But I guess the characterization makes sense if you are one of those people who have swallowed the conservative Kool Aid that EVERYONE who works in Washington, DC, is on the payroll of the federal government.

        • textdoc


        • Philippe Lecheval

          Right, and you can still think about tanks while you’re standing in line for your special sub.

      • You’re right. The private sector employees would be paying someone to stand in line for them via TaskRabbit.

    • Jill

      My guess is most of these people thought: “It’s just Jimmy Johns, no one’s going to wait in a long line for it, plus I’m here early to avoid the rush, so might as well save a few bucks.”
      Then they get there and see a long line and rationalize: “It will be nice to be out in this lovely weather and I don’t have anything to rush back to the office for.”
      Twenty minutes later they’re like “Wellll I’ve invested all this time now so I’ll just tough it out. Maybe some of the people ahead will drop out.”
      I recently went through a similar thought process when I took my dogs in for reduced-price rabies shots at the WHS clinic. They money I saved wasn’t worth all the time I invested but I had a poor understanding of how long it would take.

      • Anon

        that happens to me every time I think it’s a good idea to go to Rose’s Luxury

  • womp

    cue the judgemental folks criticizing how others choose to spend their time.

    • anon

      welcome to popville

  • PetworthMom

    Opportunity. Cost.

  • EnPetworth

    Jimmy John’s business practices are horrible http://fortune.com/2015/06/03/non-compete-ban-bill-jimmy-johns/

  • Chix

    Jimmy John’s founder is responsible for killing the las female black rhino in Mangetti National Park. Hunting is African national parks is his hubby

    • Jesse


    • Emmaleigh504

      What is this?! I will never eat there again. Poor rhino.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Not sure a Jimmy Johns sandwich is even worth a dollar…

    • CVR

      This ^

      • anon

        Still better than Subway.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Gotta disagree. I don’t go to Subway either, but if I had to pick between the two, I would def. go to Subway over JJs.

          • Ems

            Regardless, they’re still basically the same class of food. I can sort of see waiting in line for something of quality, but this just seems silly.

        • CVR

          I’d take Subway any day over JJ.

        • OP Anon

          +3 to Subway over JJs.
          Jimmy Johns is just TERRIBLE.

          • I’ve never eaten at Jimmie Johns, what’s so bad about it?

          • womp

            no clue, Justin, because the pre-vegan me LOVED JJs

          • dcd

            If you went from loving JJ to vegan, you just don’t like food. There can’t be any other explanation.

          • womp

            it’s a slow fade, dcd

          • OP Anon

            ahaahahahaha @ dcd
            Justin, I really can’t logically explain my hatred for Jimmy Johns. I’ve had it about 7 times and it’s always terrible, their service is awful, they screw up my order, etc.
            But my biggest complaint is that the meat and cheese always “slip” out of the opposite end of the bread while eating it. I’m an adult, I know how to eat a sandwich. But for whatever reason the sandwich ingredients will not stay in the godda#mn bread roll!

          • I can understand that. I hate when that happens in burgers because the toppings aren’t placed in the proper order, or the bun is weak.

  • C.

    Love how all these artisanal this and ethically-sourced that places have opened in DC and people cannot get enough of them. You’d think the whole ‘better food’ phenomenon would translate to something legitimate (ie: eat better, everyday), but I guess lining up for dollar sandwiches at Jimmy John’s is a testament to how much BS the whole movement actually is… but shhh, the weekly Union Market Instagram post should cover the it all up!

    • womp

      or just that life is about balance?

  • ET

    The sandwiches are OK but in no way worth standing in that line for.

    • CHGal

      It’s beautiful outside. I’d go stand in line with co-workers and chit-chat.

  • Bdylan89

    Sorry but I’m not supporting a big game hunter who slaughters animals… Pass

  • Philippe Lecheval

    These people in line are probably the same closeted conservatives who tell all their friends “I’m a liberal,” but they also stand in line at the Chick-fil-A truck, despite the fact that the money they hand over in exchange for those chicken sandwiches end up in the coffers of those who have helped fund conservative hate groups.

    • HaileUnlikely

      At $1/sandwich, JJ’s ain’t making any money today. Each sandwich, however you feel about it’s quality, obviously has at least $1 worth of ingredients, and the staff get their hourly pay, thus, they invariably lose money when running this sort of promo, which they hope will be recouped by getting happy customers to go back. If you really want to hit them in the wallet, go there *only* when they are offering $1 sandwiches. Heck, if you don’t want to eat it, give a dollar to a homeless person on the street and tell him to go get himself a sandwich at JJ’s.

  • Jewrl

    First time I was ever going to have one of your sandwiches and you cut people off I can’t believe that so many people are upset that you guys why would you do something like that ? and then being rude to them and I still haven’t had one of your sandwiches!!

    • eggs

      You know, this isn’t actually Jimmy Johns’ page you’re commenting on right?

    • What?

  • Disgusted by this monster

    I wouldn’t support this business even if the food was free. Jimmy John uses his customers’ money to poach endangered animals.


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