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Sales drop at Wendy's after finger found
yahoo.com ^ | March 25, 2005 | ANDY RESNIK

Posted on 03/25/2005 7:19:58 PM PST by crushelits

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sales have dropped sharply at Wendy's fast food restaurants in the area of northern California where  a woman claimed she found part of a finger in a bowl of chili, but analysts say the company's long-term prognosis should not be affected.

Peter Oakes, a restaurant analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co. in New York, said he doesn't expect Wendy's business to suffer long term from the discovery Tuesday night of a partial finger.

The hamburger chain serves about 6 million meals a day across the country and has a "national reputation for both quality and cleanliness," he said.

"To me the yard stick here is whether the single incident prompts the consumer to lose confidence in the brand. It's understandable to see some kind of knee-jerk reaction," Oakes said.

Franchise owners have informed the company's corporate headquarters in the Columbus suburb of Dublin that business is down, said Denny Lynch, spokesman for Wendy's International Inc. He said he could not release specific sales figures because Wendy's does not own those restaurants.

"It is an isolated incident. However, it is dramatically affecting sales in that market," Lynch said.

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.

U.S. financial markets were closed Friday for the holiday weekend. The day before, on Thursday, Wendy's shares rose 43 cents, or 1.1 percent, to close at $39.43 on the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites) — near the high end of their 52-week trading range of $31.74 to $42.12.

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 (news - web sites)'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.

A Louisville, Ky., lawyer who has handled similar cases said he doesn't expect Wendy's image to take much of a hit.

Bo Bolus, who has represented plaintiffs over foreign objects found in McDonald's food and defended insurance companies against those claims, said consumers tend to realize that incidents like the one at Wendy's are accidents.

"I haven't found any big institutional problems in the fast-food chains," Bolus said. "I still go to McDonald's with my four boys."



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KEYWORDS: after; drop; finger; fingerfood; found; sales; soylentgreen; wendys; youdontsay
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1 posted on 03/25/2005 7:19:59 PM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits

Gee...ya think....


2 posted on 03/25/2005 7:20:56 PM PST by Gone_Postal (government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take it away)
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To: crushelits

What's worse than finding a finger in your Wendy's chilli?









Finding half a finger.


3 posted on 03/25/2005 7:21:04 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: crushelits

That is disgusting!


4 posted on 03/25/2005 7:21:33 PM PST by Halls
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To: crushelits

I'll get my finger-food somewhere else. (/bad humor)


5 posted on 03/25/2005 7:23:02 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: crushelits

The DNA says it belongs to Hoffa I hear.


6 posted on 03/25/2005 7:24:22 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: crushelits
Ogrish has EMT/police pictures of a guy with his hand accidentally caught in a meat grinder. I wonder if it's him?
7 posted on 03/25/2005 7:24:24 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: crushelits

You mean those weren't chicken nuggets I had for lunch there???


8 posted on 03/25/2005 7:24:26 PM PST by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: crushelits

The chili really is chunky there.


10 posted on 03/25/2005 7:25:39 PM PST by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, being released in March)
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To: Loyal Buckeye; Gone_Postal; crushelits

Suh, our food is finger lickin' good, but the finger stays on your hand.

11 posted on 03/25/2005 7:26:03 PM PST by Enterprise (President George W. Bush - the leading insurgent detergent.)
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To: crushelits
Another fun thread...
Does that look like a finger or what?
12 posted on 03/25/2005 7:26:18 PM PST by Graymatter (...a Terri Schiavo Republican)
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To: crushelits

Another sad chapter in the Beans/NoBeans Chili War. Wonder which side "Stubby" was on?


13 posted on 03/25/2005 7:26:25 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: crushelits

It's a hit. Somebody was made to disappear and they used the meat packing plant to mix him in with the hamburger.


14 posted on 03/25/2005 7:27:36 PM PST by etcetera (No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom, unless he be vigilant in its preservation.)
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To: crushelits

Always wondered what they did with Dave Thomas.


15 posted on 03/25/2005 7:27:53 PM PST by silent_jonny (Pro-Life, Pro-Terri)
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To: crushelits
"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.

Maybe the worker was someone who snuck over the border to do a job no Americans would do.

16 posted on 03/25/2005 7:28:09 PM PST by HP8753 (My cat is an NTSB Standard,The Naval Observatory calls me for time corrections.)
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To: crushelits

I see a fingertip and something that looks like a dog's head to the left.

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17 posted on 03/25/2005 7:28:26 PM PST by primeval patriot
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To: crushelits
You don't suppose that she would have.... Nah!

(but maybe they should check her neighborhood for missing digits.)

18 posted on 03/25/2005 7:28:53 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear ( We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing!? Oh right, that would be me. Back to work.)
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To: crushelits

Ever try a wendy's frosty? Those sure are good.


19 posted on 03/25/2005 7:29:13 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: crushelits

Odd, I was just in that very store. Looked like a typical crowd given the time of day...


20 posted on 03/25/2005 7:29:38 PM PST by null and void (innocent, incapacitated, inconvenient, and insured - a lethal combination for Terri...)
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To: crushelits
Finger food, ahhhh...


21 posted on 03/25/2005 7:31:38 PM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: crushelits

They poisoned my wife and two year old son and me in 1978. I haven't been back since.

The three of us ate at Wendy's, my 4 year old son wasn't hungry and ate nothing from there. The three of us who did spent the night in the hospital with IVs to rehydrate us from all the vomiting and diarrhea. Proof enough for me that Wendy's poisoned us.


22 posted on 03/25/2005 7:33:00 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: crushelits

Wendy's adding single digits to their chili sales?


23 posted on 03/25/2005 7:34:26 PM PST by afnamvet (31st Fighter Wing Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 "Return With Honor")
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To: afnamvet

I think you nailed it...


24 posted on 03/25/2005 7:35:38 PM PST by null and void (innocent, incapacitated, inconvenient, and insured - a lethal combination for Terri...)
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To: crushelits

My question is, where is the rest of the person? Have they checked (opened) ALL the other cans of chili from the plant this batch came from? There are body parts even worse than a finger to find in your food.


25 posted on 03/25/2005 7:36:35 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

Like?


26 posted on 03/25/2005 7:37:19 PM PST by null and void (innocent, incapacitated, inconvenient, and insured - a lethal combination for Terri...)
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To: Mount Athos

At least once a week, I have the 99-cent salad and 99-cent baked potato. Not a bad meal for $2.14.

So far, no body-parts have been found.


27 posted on 03/25/2005 7:38:32 PM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: Alas Babylon!
There are body parts even worse than a finger to find in your food.

Thank you for pointing that out.

28 posted on 03/25/2005 7:40:13 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Gone_Postal

So would a pinky be considered a Value Meal?


29 posted on 03/25/2005 7:43:24 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: crushelits

I feel bad for Wendy's. I used to eat there at least a couple of times a month back when I worked near one. They make great hamburgers.


30 posted on 03/25/2005 7:43:30 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: etcetera

Well whats wrong with just burying them?


31 posted on 03/25/2005 7:48:16 PM PST by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: Windsong

Sounds like Wendy's PR people have put their finger on the problem.


32 posted on 03/25/2005 7:49:56 PM PST by umgud
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To: crushelits

I find the surname of the attorney Bo Bolus particularly apt for a digestive subject.


33 posted on 03/25/2005 7:50:17 PM PST by GSlob
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To: primeval patriot
I see a fingertip and something that looks like a dog's head to the left.

Maybe the "dog's head" is the rest of the finger -- battered and deep-fried.

34 posted on 03/25/2005 7:50:46 PM PST by KittyKares
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To: Alas Babylon!

I don't know if it is still the case, but they used to make their chili out of hamburgers that were precooked for more than some period of time. (Remember "Fresh tastes best"?). I imagine the other components would be canned though.


35 posted on 03/25/2005 7:52:20 PM PST by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: crushelits

Officials told the public not to worry, they have a hand on the situation.


36 posted on 03/25/2005 7:53:48 PM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: crushelits
I would of felt better if they found the source; but being it is still a mystery I will forgo any Wendy's for a long while.
37 posted on 03/25/2005 7:54:51 PM PST by Fast1 (Destroy America buy Chinese goods,Shop at Wal-Mart 3/18/05 American was gone when I woke up)
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To: i_dont_chat

Speaking as a college student, if it wasn't for the .99 value menu, I and my friends might die of starvation. Mmm.. speaking of which, a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and Chicken nuggets sounds mighty tempting at the moment.


38 posted on 03/25/2005 7:55:42 PM PST by somniferum (All warfare is deception - Sun Tzu)
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To: afnamvet
Corporate Vice President to CEO:

"Good news boss, we have increased our chili sales by single digits."

39 posted on 03/25/2005 7:56:29 PM PST by Enterprise (President George W. Bush - the leading insurgent detergent.)
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To: crushelits

Back at the corporate HQ, lots of finger pointing.


40 posted on 03/25/2005 7:58:42 PM PST by mad puppy ( "He's with me!" And I'm with W.)
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To: crushelits

At least it wasn't a big toe with hair on it . Then I would of really been grossed out.


41 posted on 03/25/2005 7:59:12 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: Enterprise

ok....ok.....I know........Wendy's gave someone the finger.


42 posted on 03/25/2005 8:01:48 PM PST by afnamvet (31st Fighter Wing Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 "Return With Honor")
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To: afnamvet

I think Wendy's is really going to knuckle down on quality control now.


43 posted on 03/25/2005 8:03:58 PM PST by Enterprise (President George W. Bush - the leading insurgent detergent.)
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To: KittyKares
Maybe the "dog's head" is the rest of the finger -- battered and deep-fried.

On second thought it looks like molars were gnawing on some gristle.

Yummy.

44 posted on 03/25/2005 8:04:03 PM PST by primeval patriot (Let me off on Archer, and I'll walk down to Greenwood)
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To: Enterprise
Next I'm at Wendy's, I'll have to point out the chili.
45 posted on 03/25/2005 8:07:19 PM PST by afnamvet (31st Fighter Wing Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 "Return With Honor")
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To: afnamvet
Sometimes the service is so bad, you think they're thumbing their nose at you.
47 posted on 03/25/2005 8:08:48 PM PST by Enterprise (President George W. Bush - the leading insurgent detergent.)
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To: crushelits

Gross! At lunch today I noticed Wendy's and my first thought was of the finger.

I had Wendy's chilli for lunch on Monday. I hope it wasn't chilli con phalange. I'm not planning on eating there again.

It makes me seriously double think the supply chain for all of these fast food restaurants. They can't find who lost the finger.


48 posted on 03/25/2005 8:08:48 PM PST by axlhuckleberry
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To: Enterprise

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went missing.......


49 posted on 03/25/2005 8:11:04 PM PST by afnamvet (31st Fighter Wing Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 "Return With Honor")
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To: afnamvet
"this little piggy went missing"

But he turned up in palm springs.

50 posted on 03/25/2005 8:13:29 PM PST by Enterprise (President George W. Bush - the leading insurgent detergent.)
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