A Subway sandwich artist in Florida was fired for threatening a customer who wanted ketchup on his Philly cheesesteak, according to WFTV.When Luis Martinez ordered the condiment, Lawrence Ordone told local station WFTV that he was perplexed.
“He wants ketchup on the Philly cheese steak and I have never put — we don’t even have ketchup at Subway — I’ve never put ketchup on anybody’s sandwich,” said Ordone.
After that, Martinez allegedly “mouthed off” to Ordone and a confrontation ensued. According to Martinez, Ordone began to yell at him, blocked the door, and threatened to kill him.
By the time Martinez had called 911, Ordone had allegedly already left. He told the station he lost his job a short time later. According to the station, he could potentially face charges.
Ordone had some advice for the customer who wanted ketchup.
“There’s ketchup three aisles down. You can go buy your own ketchup, and I promise to God, you can put as much as you want on it and nobody’s going to say nothing,” said Ordone.
So, what’s the verdict on ketchupped cheesesteaks? We asked Business Insider’s Philly natives for their opinions.
Strategy reporter Max Nisen said that it’s common to put ketchup on a Philly cheesesteak.
“I’m totally in favour of it and it happens all the time,” he said. “I don’t see why anyone would object to that.”
“It’s not the traditional way to eat it,” explained sports writer Tony Manfred. “But there’s really no ‘authentic’ cheesesteak anyway. Some people get peppers and onions, some get cheese whiz. So I’d say it’s not too big a deal.”
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