Wendy’s Now Serving Human Fingers As Chili Sidedish

March 25th, 2005 // 5 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at a Wendy’s, and that kind of seals the deal for the rest of my life.

A woman bit into a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant, leading authorities to a fingerprint database Thursday to determine who lost the digit.

The incident occurred Tuesday night at a San Jose Wendy’s restaurant and left the customer ill and distraught, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Health Department.

“She was so emotionally upset once she found out what it was,” Alexiou said. “She was vomiting.”

Employees at the Wendy’s store were asked to show investigators their fingers after the Tuesday night incident. All employees’ digits were accounted for, officials said, adding that the well-cooked finger may have come from a food processing plant that supplies the company.

“All of our employees have ten digits,” said Denny Lynch, a spokesman for Wendy’s International Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio. He said there have been no reports to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (news – web sites) of injuries at any supplier of chili ingredients to Wendy’s.

“By law, you can’t hide that sort of stuff,” Lynch said. “All of our chili suppliers report no accidents.”

Investigators seized the remaining chili and closed the restaurant for a few hours late Tuesday.

Health officials said the fingertip was approximately 1 1/2 inches long. They believe it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail.

Alexiou said the woman, who asked officials not to identify her, is at minimal risk of contracting illnesses from the finger.

“It’s an extremely low chance because the chili was cooked at a very high temperature that would have killed anything in the finger,” Alexiou said. Still, she said health officials would ask the woman’s doctor to test her blood “to make sure nothing got passed to her.”

Woman Eating Chili Bites Into Human Finger

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. Thats just gross! i bet it was finger-lickin goood! EWWW!

  2. Steve

    Oh yummy. “Supersize Me” has kept me off any kind of fast food for almost a year now and this finger thing is just the last nail in the coffin.

    Still laughing at that finger lickin good joke GP!

  3. um,
    you’ve never eaten at wendy’s?!
    not even a frosty?!
    not even some chili?!
    not even the spicy chicken sandwich?!

    this is alarming.
    kinda weird
    almost strange.

  4. Andy W

    Congratulations to her!! She now will sue and get the motherlode. Why can’t things like this happen to me?

  5. I saw that that woman that bit into a human finger in her cup of Wendy’s chili was on Good Morning America this morning, and boy was she ever weird. In particular, she said that she took a bite and bit down on something crunchy. Naturally it turned out the be the finger.  

    My question is this: Did anyone expect a human finger, cooked in a vat o’ chili to be crunchy? I would have guessed, perhaps, tender. Or even rich and meaty. You know how stewed meat gets all soft? But crunchy? Like a tortilla chip? NEVER. If Wendy’s chili were any good that meat should have been falling off the bone.

    But it does make me wonder about the lady’s credibility. Now she has a lawyer, an exclusive on GMA, and she “thinking” about suing. I guess “thinking” is a euphemism for “planning to buy your own island in the Micronesia after you cash in on  the settlement”.  

    Another story you should check out on the whole Wendy’s chili fiasco is a little piece (no pun intended) I read on nosheteria.com. Photos included! http://nosheteria.com/2005/03/its-digit-licious.html

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