March 30, 2005

Finger Found in Wendy's Chili

Snapshots In My Time...
Of My Time.....Hauntings.

Well we have all heard about it by now.. that a patron of Wendy's found a fingertip in her chili when she bit into it.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- A diner at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in San Jose, California, found a human finger in a bowl of chili prepared by the chain, local officials said Wednesday.

"This individual apparently did take a spoonful, did have a finger in their mouth and then, you know, spit it out and recognized it," said Ben Gale, director of the department of environmental health for Santa Clara County. "Then they had some kind of emotional reaction and vomited."

Local officials launched an investigation after the incident Tuesday night and the medical examiner determined Wednesday that the object was a human finger.

Officials are trying to determine whether the finger came in the raw materials Wendy's used to prepare the chili, Gale said.

Wendy's International Inc. corporate office did not immediately return a call for comment. Wendy's is the third-largest hamburger chain.

That reminds me of my own run-in's with filth and disgust at various fast food restaurants. For the most part now I never eat at them. If I am in a desperate situation for food will you find my car heading toward a fast food drive up window.

I remember this incident:
High School....1976

One Saturday our class was having a car wash to raise money for some function?? I cannot recall what. I think it was for the yearbook--yes it was. The day was hot and after a day of standing in the street holding signs and waiving at cars all day were were tired and thirsty. There were about 10 of us at the car wash and one of the nuns was with us all day. We attended a private catholic school. When it was all over we gave our money to the Sister and we all piled into 3 cars to go home.

First there was a stop at the Burger King for the biggest, iciest drinks we could get. We all went in instead of going through the drive-thru. We all ordered Cokes.

One of the guys with us took the top off and drank his non stop without a straw. He drained the cup in one continuous drink. As the cup was in the air and his head tilted back, he noticed something dark under all the ice in the bottom of the cup. He cleared some of the ice out with a spoon and saw a huge, dead roach. We all saw it.

None of the rest of us drank our Cokes.

I remember this incident also:
I remember when my daughter was about 6 or 7 I took her to McDonalds one saturday as a treat. She liked Happy Meals. Her grandparents got her hooked on those. We went thru the drive-in as we had other stops to make. I had to give my order 5 times because the nincompoop on the mike could not get it right. When we got to the window the order was still wrong. She got mad because I told her that it was not right. She took it back most snippily and corrected it. We got out drinks and left. I was about to take a drink of my coke. Most of the time out of habit I just stir the straw. It did not move much. I immediately thought that she gave me all ice to the very top of my cup and very little coke. I tried to stir it again and took a little sip. Just thru the little crack in the hole wher the straw went I saw something white. I pulled over into the next strip mall to take a look. My cup was filled with balled up papertowels. She has sabataged our food. There was not any way for a cup to be filled with paper towels.

I immediately yelled to my child to stop eating immediatey and not to drink anything. My thought was where did she get those towels? The trash can beneath the register? And what was in them? I know it was done on purpose. I swung that car around like I was Richard Petty and back we went. We got out and went in and let me tell you, I caused the biggest scene you would ever want to see. By the time it was all over I had cleared evey single customer who was in line to get food out. They wanted no food from there. I showed the manager what haappened and I told him it was done on purpose. I asked him if he could stand the news media coming becasue they were the next people I was going to call. I pointed out the cashier to him and at first her back was to me as she was still at the window. She yelled back that she did not do anything. Another cashier who must have been in the know said, " yes you did because she bought it back." Her head then whipped around and she looked like a deer in headlights...caught.

We got our money back but we never ate at that restaurant again.

This happened also:
One day we decided to eat at Bojangles. The food was okay whenever we ate there. Grease, grease, grease but at times tasty. We ordered our food and as we were in line we noticed that an female employee came from the bathroom. We got our food and decided to go to the bathroom before we left. We went in and it stunk to high heaven. In teh first stall there was a big pile of human feces on the floor. Not small like a child but huge like an adult. No visible signes of toilet paper anywhere. Now I did not think the employee did it, but she came from there and had to see that. She did not make any mention to anyone that the bathrooms needed to be cleaned. Just hopped on the 2nd register and began to ring. We left the bathroom, full bladders and all and got a refund. We were out of there!

So now I am very skeptical of all fast food places. To be they are very unclean, nasty places. It may look nice but you have to look at the people working there. Are they sanitary? Have any home training and common decency? Are they just low income, uneducated welfare moms with an ax to grind? Just beware! They may put things in your food.


  1. Whoa, hodgepodger. Your experiences were horrible. In the case of the woman at Burger King who stuffed your soda cups with paper towels, you had the right to be angry and even start a scene. But what I speak of is people making a scene and being nasty to not only fast food people but waitresses and cashiers for not doing anything out of the ordinary. That is when customer behavior is over the line.

    Truth be told, generally I also avoid fast food because it usually leaves me with a twinge of nausea. This Yoshinoya was one of an extremely few exceptions. For fast, cheap food I usually do little hole in the wall Chinese or Mexican places, or even better, little hold in the wall Pakistani places geared toward cabdrivers in Chelsea. McDonald's and Burger King don't even seem that cheap anymore compared to these places (ESPACIALLY the Mexican and Pakistani places).

  2. Hi Hodgepodger,
    I will never eat fast food again without looking at everything in the order! I feeling a bit sick to my tummy! have a great weekend take care chat soon!

  3. That´s totally creepy !! My worst experiencese are merely ones where it seems they deliberately mixed up the order but that´s it ... scary stuff!!

  4. yeah...I know I will never see fast food places in the same light again.