Thursday, March 24, 2005

Wendy's Chili Con Carne Humano

You have probably already heard this about the Human Finger Found in Fast Food Chili
A woman who ordered chili at a San Jose Wendy's Restaurant found a cooked human finger in her bowl.

The Wendy's on Monterey Highway was still open Thursday while the Santa Clara County Health Department investigated. But officials there said it was definitely a human finger -- complete with a long manicured fingernail -- and it probably did not come from a Bay Area Wendy's employee.

Well that's a relief, for Wendy's employees. You gotta' hand it them that no one got nailed.

We have no evidence of any accident within the employees at the facility itself," said Ben Gale of the Santa Clara County Health Department. "We've asked everybody to show us they have ten fingers and everything is OK there."

The incident came to light about 7:20pm Wednesday, when the woman called 911.

"Initially she did put this object in her mouth and did bite down on it," said Dr. Marty Fensterscheib of the Santa Clara County Health Department. "Initially, she was a bit grossed out ... and vomited a number of times.

Well, of course she vomited. After all, she just stuck a finger down her throat.
The fingerprint is mutilated, but officials believe there might be enough there to run the print through a national computer to try to find the owner. The finger has jagged edges, which means it was likely lacerated by a machine -- possibly a meat grinder.

I hope they use a digital computer and consult experts in the digital sector. They may also want to check with the meat grinding packing companies that supply Wendy's. However, matching the finger print could be difficult if the person is not a criminal or not an immigrant who got their finger scanned recently at the airport. It's just a thought, but, maybe they should be searching for a missing person.

I hope this woman's lawsuit makes it to court before Tort Reform is passed because, otherwise, Wendy's could just give her the finger...


Blogger mrgumby2u said...

Thanks for suggesting it might be a missing person. Up 'til now I was content to believe somebody working at a meat packing company lost a finger. Now I have to entertain the notion that there's a whole slew of body parts floating around in chili bowls all around the country.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Scaramouche said...

I love the Italian version of the proverb
give them an inch and the take a mile which translates give a finger and they take a hand.

In this particular case I just reverse-engineered it...

8:45 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Well, of course she vomited. After all, she just stuck a finger down her throat.

Damn you for making me laugh when my face hurts!!!

And even after hearing this story, guess what I had for lunch when skiing today? Chili. Altho, I did eat it carefully. :)

10:15 PM  
Blogger Generik said...

Gotta hand it to Scaramouche for posting this; he's really got the touch, with or without the digital enhancement. I sure hope they finger the person responsible for this travesty, and nail him or her to the wall. The long arm of the law should throw the book at Wendy's, and their regular customers ought to give 'em the cold shoulder as well. I don't know how their employees can face the public after this. Personally, I turned my back on fast food years ago. I never set foot in those places.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

Slightly off topic (Ok, really), Jupiter sounds great. Lotsa space etc.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Scaramouche said...

Well it didn't take long: Woman who found finger at Wendy's files claim against franchise.

Unconfirmed sources say that part of any settlement would require the fast food franchise to change its name to "Wendy's Fingerhut."

5:44 PM  

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