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Friday, April 22, 2005


More on Wendy's and the finger in the Chile

Earlier polyscifi posted on the a woman finding a finger in her chile at Wendy's and compared it to an episode of South Park.

Since then, the story has taken a bit of a twist.
"The woman [Ayala] who claimed she found a well-manicured finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili last month was arrested Thursday night in Las Vegas, police said."
This was after no one in the Wendy's food chain turned up missing a finger:
"All the employees at the San Jose store were found to have all their fingers, and no suppliers reported any hand or finger injuries, the company said."
While the exact reason for the arrest is on hold until this afternoon, Ayala does have an interesting history:
"Ayala has a litigious history. She has filed claims against several corporations, including a former employer and General Motors, though it is unclear from court records whether she received any money. She said she got $30,000 from El Pollo Loco after her 13-year-old daughter got sick at one of the chain's Las Vegas-area restaurants. El Pollo Loco officials say she did not get a dime."

As a little addendum as to the effect of frivilous lawsuits and false claims:

"Sales have dropped at franchises in Northern California, forcing layoffs and reduced hours, the company said. Wendy's also has hired private investigators, set up a hot line for tips and offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the finger's original owner."

I'll update this post after the press conference this afternoon.

The charge is apparently grand theft (related to a previous housing deal) and attempted grand theft with relation to the chile incident. Cavuto seemed to think that there was some "CSI-like" work that had gone into determining that the finger was placed in the chile after it was given to Ayala.


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