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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/08/we....ap/index.html

I couldnt find the original thread. Sorry for the repost.

I hope that she gets charged with fraud if that is the case!
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/08/we....ap/index.html

I couldnt find the original thread. Sorry for the repost.

I hope that she gets charged with fraud if that is the case!
Yeah it sounds fishy to me, not to point FINGERS too soon
post #3 of 19
Sounds like character assassination to me. Here is her "history of lawsuits"

7 years ago, she pressed sexual harassment charges against her boss.

5 years ago, she prepared to press charges against an auto dealership for selling her a defective car. She fired her lawyer and the case was dropped. Later, her fired, ex-lawyer bad-mouthed her (off the record)

Her daughter got sick from a restaurant and was reimbursed for medical expenses.
post #4 of 19
It may seem like a weird comparison, but this reminds me of the Michael Jackson case going on.

Ya know, just because she has a shady history of constantly suing people (including another fast food restaurant) doesn't mean she wasn't victimized by finding something quite disgusting in her food that shouldn't have been there...

Just like with MJ -- just because everyone who takes the stand against him seems to have some kind of shady "let's sue him" or "lets get back at him" history, doesn't mean he's innocent.

But in both cases, the fact that the allegations are coming from people with these types of histories and backgrounds... well it places DOUBT in your mind... and rightfully so. The reason you decide to trust what someone says is based on their credibility... if they lack that, well... then there isn't much reason to believe what they say. You at least have to question it.

And if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it usually is a duck.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amy-DHH
It may seem like a weird comparison, but this reminds me of the Michael Jackson case going on.

Ya know, just because she has a shady history of constantly suing people (including another fast food restaurant) doesn't mean she wasn't victimized by finding something quite disgusting in her food that shouldn't have been there...

Just like with MJ -- just because everyone who takes the stand against him seems to have some kind of shady "let's sue him" or "lets get back at him" history, doesn't mean he's innocent.

But in both cases, the fact that the allegations are coming from people with these types of histories and backgrounds... well it places DOUBT in your mind... and rightfully so. The reason you decide to trust what someone says is based on their credibility... if they lack that, well... then there isn't much reason to believe what they say. You at least have to question it.

And if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it usually is a duck.

Well we have to wait to find out, but I hear she had a recently deceased aunt and they suspect the finger came from her. I dunno, this one stinks to me, I am suspicious. I know people who go from law suit to law suit and it's suspicious to me.
post #6 of 19
http://www.local6.com/news/4374405/d...104132005&ts=H
POSTED: 7:27 am EDT April 13, 2005
UPDATED: 8:37 am EDT April 13, 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A woman who claimed she scooped up a human finger along with her chili at a Wendy's restaurant has decided not to sue the fast-food chain.

Anna Ayala dropped her claim because it "has caused her great emotional distress and continues to be difficult emotionally," said her attorney, Jeffrey Janoff.

Ayala, 39, claimed she found the 1 1/2-inch long fingertip on March 22 while dining at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose. She later filed a claim with the franchise owner, Fresno-based JEM Management Corp., which her attorney had said was the first step before filing a lawsuit.

Phone calls to Ayala's house went unanswered Tuesday. Investigators searched her Las Vegas home last week as part of their investigation into how a finger ended up in the chili.

Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch declined to comment on Ayala's decision to drop the lawsuit but said a reward hot line to receive tips will remain open. Wendy's has offered $50,000 to the first person who can provide verifiable information that identifies the origin of the finger.

"It's very important to us to find out what really happened at the restaurant," Lynch said. "We will continue to fully cooperate with the police investigation."

Wendy's maintains the finger did not enter the food chain in its ingredients. None of the employees at the San Jose store had lost any fingers, and no suppliers of Wendy's ingredients reported any hand or finger injuries, the company said.

The Santa Clara County coroner's office used a partial fingerprint to search for a match in an electronic database but came up empty. DNA testing is still being conducted on the finger.
post #7 of 19
Very interesting. Thanks for keeping us informed.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/22/We...oax/index.html

If she indeed did do this to get money out of Wendy's, then she should indeed be charged as the restaurant lost business!
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Marge
Yeah it sounds fishy to me, not to point FINGERS too soon
That would be not to point A nicely groomed, cold, and detached finger.
It pays to use your brains if you're gonna be a scam artist, or you won't last long...
post #10 of 19
All I gotta say it I'm happy it's a hoax/scam! We have not eaten at Wendys since the original story broke and I've been missing their Taco Salads!
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/22/We...oax/index.html

If she indeed did do this to get money out of Wendy's, then she should indeed be charged as the restaurant lost business!
Yes - Wendy's lost a LOTof business. I hope they find the finger's rightful owner so they can determine whether she planted it. If she did she's a sicko and definately should be sued, although I doubt she can pay what Wendy's lost.
post #12 of 19
The finger was planted there by her, that's pretty apparent. And once they find out where it came from (poor dead Auntie???), I hope they put this chick in jail for being a sicko!!! GROSS for one thing, and extremely hurtful for Wendy's business for another.

But before she goes to jail, they should put her on a Wendy's commercial appologizing to everyone. Or something. We haven't eaten at Wendy's either since then but it's for other reasons (quality seems to have gone down since Dave died).
post #13 of 19
She's been caught!
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
May 16, 10:07 AM EDT

Tailgate blamed for finger in chili claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The finger that a woman claimed she found in a bowl of Wendy's chili was severed in the tailgate of a truck during a work accident, an employee of an asphalt company said.

Pat Hogue, an estimator with a Las Vegas asphalt maintenance company, told the San Francisco Chronicle for a story in Sunday's editions that a man he was working with lost the tip of his finger on a job five months ago.

Both men were working with James Plascencia, the husband of Anna Ayala - the Las Vegas woman who claimed she found the finger in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, Hogue told the paper.

Authorities believe the injured man gave the finger to Plascencia. Ayala is accused of trying to shake down the fast-food giant with a bogus tainted-food claim.

"I saw it on the news. I didn't know the lady at first was married to that James guy until after he was arrested," Hogue said in a telephone interview from his home in North Las Vegas.

Hogue and investigators have refused to identify the man with the severed finger, but police have said he's cooperating with authorities.

Ayala, 39, is in jail on suspicion of attempted grand theft. She claimed she bit into the finger on March 22 and filed a claim against the restaurant chain shortly afterward. The publicity resulted in a major loss of business for Wendy's.

Ayala later withdrew her claim as she came under scrutiny and investigators found at least 13 cases in which she has filed claims in her name or her children's.

Plascencia, 43, is being held in a Las Vegas jail on unrelated charges. He is awaiting extradition to California.

San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis said a tipster led investigators to the Nevada man with the missing finger. Investigators have refused to say how the finger was preserved or transported from Las Vegas to San Jose.

Police said more arrests were possible.
post #14 of 19
Ack! That is so gross. I never quit eating at Wendy's, because it didn't seem real to me from the beginning.

You have to try their new fruit cup and plate. I just love fresh pineapple, and theirs is SO GOOD!

I agree, the woman should be imprisoned for this hoax.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Ack! That is so gross. I never quit eating at Wendy's, because it didn't seem real to me from the beginning.

You have to try their new fruit cup and plate. I just love fresh pineapple, and theirs is SO GOOD!

I agree, the woman should be imprisoned for this hoax.
I saw the poster of that fruit plate and it looked delicious. I'll have to try it. Someone told me certian Wendys' were giving away free chili as a promotion.
post #16 of 19
This past friday-sunday they were giving away free frosties. Didnt hear about the chili though...
post #17 of 19
The guy who gave her the finger (literally) has come forward. He cut it off, by having it slammed in a truck tailgate. He then gave it to the woman's boyfriend, in settlement of a $50.00 debt.

Gee, who knew that I literally have $500.00, at my fingertips?
post #18 of 19
Kinda makes you wonder what the guy who lost his finger thought the guy he gave it to would do with it.
post #19 of 19
In UK we have a phrase, to finger a collar, which means to be arrested. In this case she collared a finger, resulting in her having her own collar fingered. Could be poetic justice striking at last!

Sue
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