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Is the Subway brand at stake?

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For now, a smiley face replaces Jared Fogle’s photo in many franchise locations, including ones in Indiana.

Crisis management expert David Shank said it could take years to answer if the brand is at stake.

“The company instantly distanced themselves from the individual in question. That was smart and smooth. I think Jared is also doing the best for now by keeping quiet,” said Shank.

Shank thinks Subway will have to ride out the storm before making a final decision on dropping Fogle as a brand ambassador because everyone is innocent until proven guilty. He believes it will take time to uncover the true answers surrounding the child porn allegations and if Fogle’s connection to the brand will cause a financial dent.

“At some point, the company should do damage control by donating to a foundation that helps abused children or agencies that crack down on child abusers,” said Shank.

Many customers said it doesn’t matter what one individual may or may not have done.

“I love Subway. I hope what I’ve heard isn’t true but it’s not their fault,” said customer Danatta Jones.

“Bad people are everywhere. I will still eat at Subway, but the rumors are in the back off mind when I eat there,” said Marcus Samson.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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