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  1. found: missing digit. will the owner please come foward?


    diner finds finger in wendy's chili

    san jose, california-talk about finger food! health authorities in california report a woman bit into a human finger while eating chili at a wendy's in san jose.

    she immediately spit out the finger and warned others to stop eating. then she got sick.

    the county medical examiner says the human finger was cooked but not decomposed. authorities temporarily closed the wendy's and seized all the ingredients at the restaurant.

    officials counted all the fingers of the wendy's workers - and say none had a missing digit.

    authorities think the finger must have come from one of wendy's suppliers.
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Tweety

  4. by   danu3
    Ok, let's see who is a real nurse here...

    If a nurse can eat chocolate after a code brown without batting an eye, a nurse can eat at Wendy right now after reading the story.
  5. by   SusanJean
    I knew I left it somewhere - it has been kinda hard to type lately.

    Do you think I should sue the woman who bit my finger??
  6. by   RainDreamer
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Horror of horrors!!!!
  8. by   webblarsk
    Quote from RainDreamer
    My thoughts exactly!
  9. by   baby&mommynurse
    Does anyone else think it's odd that no one has come forward (even before this incident happened) and admitted to losing a finger?? Just a thought... this ran through my mind today... what if the rest of the person who owns the finger is missing, too?!

    from the associated press:

    Authorities in San Jose, Calif., planned to search a fingerprint database on Friday to try to identify the finger's owner.

    Capt. Bob Dixon of the Santa Clara County coroner's office said he did not know when their fingerprint expert might have a match. "Nobody's claimed it yet," he said.

    Wendy's said the finger did not come from the restaurant's employees. It is also confident company suppliers are not to blame because of product coding that allows the company to trace where a product comes from, the day it was produced, when it was shipped and when it arrived at the restaurant, Lynch said.

    However, he acknowledged the process was "not absolutely 100 percent perfect."

    Matt Baun, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said it was doubtful a person working at a federal beef producer would have lost the finger in an accident.

    "The production line would have stopped, there would have been immediate need for medical attention and the meat products would be destroyed and not used for food," he said.
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from danu3
    If a nurse can eat chocolate after a code brown without batting an eye, a nurse can eat at Wendy right now after reading the story.
    Of course I did! I totally forgot about this story too.
  11. by   SusanJean
    Just a guess on my part - lost in the meat packing plant - a common occurance. Treated and compensated there. Meat plant went ahead w/ processing anyway.
    That is the really gross part!!

    It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
  12. by   Thunderwolf
    Chili con finger...yech!
    Probably from some poor soul in Mexico where we get the chili fixins from.
    Consider it a gift from NAFTA.
  13. by   NRSKarenRN
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it was solved long ago, as karen says.