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Woman Finds Human Finger in Wendy's Chili

By March 24, 2005

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A woman dining at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, California received the shock of her life last Tuesday when she realized the odd-shaped morsel she had just bitten into in a spoonful of chili was a human finger (see photo). County health officials confirmed the incident, saying the victim was unlikely to suffer serious health effects — apart from extreme nausea brought on by utter horror and revulsion, that is — because the digit, believed to be that of an adult female, was fully cooked. 

The foreign object was described by County Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph P. O'Hara in the San Francisco Chronicle as follows: "The finger was found in two pieces, a one and three-eighths inch long fingertip complete with the skin whorls used in fingerprinting, and a half-inch long piece of fingernail. The joint appeared to have been torn off, possibly by manufacturing machinery, rather than cleanly cut."  Yum.

The big mystery, of course, is how it ended up in a bowl of Wendy's chili in the first place. Since none of the restaurant's employees were missing any fingers, investigators assume the severed finger "entered the food chain" during the manufacture of the raw ingredients used to make the chili.

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July 11, 2006 at 5:16 pm
(1) Sofia says:

I live close to where this happened. While it was a real finger, it was not from Wendy’s. The lady put it in there herself to try and make money. It wasn’t true. It was a hoax the whole time!

November 9, 2006 at 3:15 am
(2) Angela says:

I am seconding Sophia. The woman is now embroiled in litigation, and being sued by Wendy’s for defamation, and for the amount of $ that was lost in sales due to the woman’s actions.
Please update this article to reflect the current status of the whole affair, as the truth was “fiction” after all.

July 31, 2007 at 1:43 am
(3) Tia says:

Ok if it was a real finger that she put in there…where the hell did she get the finger??!

September 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm
(4) carla says:

OK,Whatever the fact that the lady was nawing on a human finger is sick,regardless of where it came from!Where did she get the finger is what the police need to be asking if it wasnt obtained from Wendys!

February 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(5) Josh says:

Lol, I was the guy who gave her the finger :)

February 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(6) Josh says:

They won’t give me my finger back :(

April 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(7) Robin says:

i heard it was her dead cousins finger, the only thing i wanna kno is how the hell did she get it off the corpse, and wen?

May 2, 2010 at 10:10 am
(8) Mishannda says:

What really happened was that anne ayala placed the finger in her chili after cooking it at home in wendys chili, duplicating the recipe from wendys, then freezing it for several months, this finger was thought to be from her dead aunt, come to find out that it was actually a finger of a co-worker, Brian Rossiter, from her husband, Jamie Placenia, who severed his finger in the tailgate of his truck at work and gave it to Placenia to sent a $50 debt.

August 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(9) ukhygoug says:

WTF! celtics lost?? against the KNICK??? WHAT YEAR WAS THIS

July 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(10) Andi Yanok says:

1993 dude! why even ask this on an article unrelated?

December 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm
(11) Gross says:

Eww that is disgusting what they have over there in California, doesn’t even look appetizing.

February 21, 2013 at 10:49 am
(12) lexi says:

wendys rocks, i love it!:)

April 8, 2013 at 12:47 am
(13) Niyahs' mommy says:

She worked widd dead ppl , && police found out where she wrked & did some investigation ! && they found the dead body that was missing a finger

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