How many times have I told you to keep your hands out of your food?

Thomas Veil

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Woman eating chili bites into human finger

3/24/2005, 7:41 a.m. ET

The Associated Press


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A woman's meal at a Wendy's restaurant brought a whole new meaning to the term "finger food." The woman bit into a portion of a human finger while eating a bowl of chili Tuesday night at the San Jose restaurant, Santa Clara County health officials said Wednesday.

The woman, who asked officials not to identify her, immediately spit out the finger and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said.

"Initially she did put this object in her mouth and did bite down on it and wasn't sure exactly what it was," Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib said at a news conference. "She's doing OK. Initially she was a bit grossed out it was described to me, and vomited a number of times."

Fenstersheib said the finger had been cooked at a high enough temperature to kill any viruses.

Officials said the fingertip was approximately 1 3-8-inches long and a half-inch piece of fingernail was also found. They believe it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail.

Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and are tracing them back to their manufacturer. They believe the finger got into the chili at an earlier stage.

"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 asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there."

The restaurant has had only one minor health violation stemming from a leaky vent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Food safety is of utmost importance to us," Wendy's spokesman Joe Desmond said in a statement. "We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It's important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy's we plan to do right by our customers."
Bleaaghhh! :eek:
 

Blue Velvet

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That is just too vile for words, just as I'm about to go and have a late lunch too. :eek:

Still, brings a new meaning to the phrase 'finger-food'.
 

Mr. Durden

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Makes me wonder how many times things like this have happened, but didnt get caught. If it was a smaller bit of finger, she may have eaten it and never noticed! :eek:
 

brap

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Mr. Durden said:
Makes me wonder how many times things like this have happened, but didnt get caught. If it was a smaller bit of finger, she may have eaten it and never noticed! :eek:
As anyone who's worked in food retail will tell you, this is a risk you run anytime you eat something processed...
 

puckhead193

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Thanks for the article, it made my decsion much easier for lunch now. I think i'm going stay in now and make "easy mac" aka "easy kraft dinner" :p :rolleyes:
 

aricher

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A quick Photoshop rendering (bored at work). This story also reminds me of the McNugget Chicken Head from a few years ago. I remember when I was in high-school a local Hormel plant had to recall cans of chili becaue one of it's workers lost an arm in a machine and product "accidentally" shipped to stores. Nasty.
 

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ziwi

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Right back where I started...
It is bad enough that the crap is horrible with the stuff in it that you read about, bacteria, ecoli, etc. But actually seeing a hair is disgusting or a band-aid. So I guess getting an appendage is the next level up - if you don't know the source don't eat it - yuck. I wonder if Wendy's has a deal with a mortuary or cremetarium...far fetched, but...who knows;)
 

ziwi

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Right back where I started...
aricher said:
A quick Photoshop rendering (bored at work). This story also reminds me of the McNugget Chicken Head from a few years ago. I remember when I was in high-school a local Hormel plant had to recall cans of chili becaue one of it's workers lost an arm in a machine and product "accidentally" shipped to stores. Nasty.

Really, thanks for the visual ;) - like my imagination wasn't giving me nausea...ugh.
 

PlaceofDis

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stuff like this makes me want to grow all of my own food and be a vegan


almost.....but definatly makes me happy that i dont eat fast food all that often anymore, and i think things will pretty much be staying that way for quite a long time

now i guess i can wait a while before lunch, i dont want to get sick
 

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This just goes to show how invaluable a finger is. No one's even looking for it.

Or, perhaps it's just that the rest of the body hasn't been served yet...
 

PlaceofDis

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paulwhannel said:
This just goes to show how invaluable a finger is. No one's even looking for it.

Or, perhaps it's just that the rest of the body hasn't been served yet...
or maybe the people at the proccessing plant didnt think anyone would notice? and didnt want to bother with the recall, etc
 

wdlove

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I don't really find this funny, but very sad. Her reaction was certainly very appropriate. Probably there will be a lawsuit in the works. Wonder if there was enough of the finger to do a fingerprint or a DNA test to find the owner?
 

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I wonder if the whole story will ever come out. If it wasn't just an accident at the factory, I hope bodies aren't disposed of like this on a regular basis.
 

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I can see it now. She runs up to the manager: "One of your employees just gave me the finger!"

But seriously, wouldn't it be interesting if they found out it was part of a whole body, an imformant disposed of by the mob maybe. And they have been disposing of people in that way for the last 20 years! ewww...
 

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broken_keyboard said:
I can see it now. She runs up to the manager: "One of your employees just gave me the finger!"

But seriously, wouldn't it be interesting if they found out it was part of a whole body, an imformant disposed of by the mob maybe. And they have been disposing of people in that way for the last 20 years! ewww...
please, please stop giveing us images!!! even if we have to create them ourselves ;)

seriously i could hear of stuff like this happening.....anyone ever read the book Toxin by Robin Cook? some of this stuff reminds me of that.....

distrubing nonetheless and there is a part of me that wants to know where the finger came from!!! was it just laziness/sloppiness or part of something bigger?
 

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I hope the employee went home and noticed that s/he accidentally lost a finger at work.
"Hey... wonder where I lost that one.... third one this week, damnit."

:rolleyes:
 

Thomas Veil

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paulwhannel said:
This just goes to show how invaluable a finger is. No one's even looking for it.

Or, perhaps it's just that the rest of the body hasn't been served yet...
Headline: Jimmy Hoffa finally discovered in vat of Wendy's chili.
 

tech4all

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Scary for me because this is just a bit south of me. And yesterday I ate some food from Wendy's not knowing of this. I really like their food and all, but after this it may be a while before I eat there again :( :eek:
 

Abstract

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broken_keyboard said:
But seriously, wouldn't it be interesting if they found out it was part of a whole body, an imformant disposed of by the mob maybe. And they have been disposing of people in that way for the last 20 years! ewww...
Maybe Wendy's chili and beef burgers ARE people!! :eek:
 

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broken_keyboard said:
I can see it now. She runs up to the manager: "One of your employees just gave me the finger!"

But seriously, wouldn't it be interesting if they found out it was part of a whole body, an imformant disposed of by the mob maybe. And they have been disposing of people in that way for the last 20 years! ewww...
Seriously no it wouldn't be interesting ;). Why did I start reading this thread? Now I've lost my appetite.