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    05/13/2005 6:50:01 PM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 34 replies · 653+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/13/05
    FICKLED FINGER OF FATE FERRETS FAKERIt seems that her brother-in-law had a hand in it-- he'd accidentally cut off the little digit. She planted the pinky in her bowl of chili. (Bet he's thankful she wasn't Lorena Bobbit!)
  • New light shed on Wendy's finger-in-chili case

    05/13/2005 11:20:47 AM PDT · by KarlInOhio · 120 replies · 4,061+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/13/2005 | none
    Digit apparently belonged to co-worker of accuser's husbandSAN JOSE, Calif. - Police say the finger that a woman found in a bowl of chili came from an associate of her husband’s who lost the digit in an industrial accident.
  • Mexican police aid probe of chili finger - Guadalajara ranch linked to defendant reportedly searched

    05/11/2005 7:53:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,375+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/5 | Ryan Kim
    San Jose police investigating the origin of a finger they say was planted in a bowl of Wendy's chili said Tuesday that they were receiving assistance from Mexican law enforcement officials. On Tuesday, KGO Channel 7 reported that Mexican police had searched a ranch north of Guadalajara on Monday that belonged to relatives of the husband of Anna Ayala, the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman in jail accused of planting the finger in her chili. San Jose police spokesman Enrique Garcia confirmed they were receiving cooperation from Mexican authorities but did not say which agencies were assisting or what help they...
  • Nationwide Free Frosty Giveaway at Wendy’s

    05/10/2005 1:35:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 50 replies · 1,722+ views
    QSROnline ^ | May 10, 2005
    This weekend at Wendy's nationwide, Frostys are on the house. From Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, consumers can pick up a free Junior Frosty at their local Wendy's restaurant. No purchase is required for customers to receive the free dessert.The company estimates it will give away more than 14 million Junior Frostys during the special three-day event. "We're thanking our loyal customers for their support following the incident in San Jose," saus Tom Mueller, Wendy's president and chief operating officer. "Dave Thomas insisted we always 'do the right thing,' and we have kept our word. Our customers stood...
  • Wendy's Suspect Mouths Message to Media

    05/10/2005 1:31:24 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 941+ views
    aol news ^ | 5 10 05 | RACHEL KONRAD
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 9) - The woman accused of fabricating a story about finding a finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili smiled, gave a thumbs-up sign and mouthed "I love you" to television camera crews during a brief court appearance on Monday. Anna Ayala, 39, also shouted an enthusiastic, "Thank you, judge!" when Santa Clara County Judge Jerome Nadler set bail at $500,000. She is due back in court May 18 and remains jailed on charges of attempted grand larceny and grand larceny. Ayala, who has maintained her innocence, faces a maximum seven-year sentence if convicted of attempted...
  • Finger finder no stranger to courts (Wendy's)

    05/09/2005 8:27:53 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies · 1,228+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | May 9, 2005 | Dan Reed, Edwin Garcia and Brandon Bailey
    South Texas native has sued, been sued many times before SAN JOSE, Calif. - Anna Ayala grew up in a dirt-poor Texas town not far from the Rio Grande. She was the baby of an extended family of 14 children. She trained horses and painted. She had two children of her own and followed her sister west to San Jose, yearning for a better life. She lived in relative obscurity. Then, on March 22, she went to Wendy's for a bowl of chili. When she claimed she bit into a tip of a human finger that day, the 39-year-old daughter...
  • Husband of Wendy's finger case suspect arrested

    05/04/2005 11:50:23 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 13 replies · 851+ views
    KESQ ^ | may 5 2005 | AP
    Husband of Wendy's finger case suspect arrested SAN JOSE, Calif. The husband of the woman accused of making up a story about finding a finger in a bowl of fast-food chili was arrested tonight near Las Vegas on unrelated charges. San Jose police say Jaime (Heye'-mee) Plascencia (Pluh-SEN'-see-uh) faces charges of identity theft, failure to pay child support and child abandonment, and document fraud. Plascencia is married to Anna Ayala, whose claim of finding a finger in a bowl of chili at a San Jose Wendy's is a hoax, according to police.
  • CA: Police say search of Ayala relatives' home not linked to finger case

    04/30/2005 12:11:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 527+ views
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose police insisted that a search of the home of Anna Ayala's in-laws was not connected to the criminal case against Ayala and her claim of finding a finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili. The Tuesday night search was part of a separate probe that began seven weeks before the March 22 incident when Ayala says she bit into the finger, according to Officer Enrique Garcia. He refused to divulge any other details of the earlier investigation. But a relative said a detective asked a family friend during the search, "Do you know...
  • Fingered for the Crime (Perry Mason would know what's up in the Wendy's case.)

    04/28/2005 12:23:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 661+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 4/28/2005 | Jay D. Homnick
    Anna Ayala has waived extradition from Nevada to California, telling the judge that she is "eager" to return to California to face charges of grand theft. Apparently, she is a hoaxer of long standing. And California is quite serious about bringing charges. Why then this unseemly eagerness? We will offer today a theory that just might blow your mind. Don't go away: this is going to be good. Let's review the story; yes, the whole fowl thing. Ms. Ayala, a native of Las Vegas, stopped for a bite at a Wendy's while traveling in San Jose, California. She ordered a...
  • Finger case may be weak

    04/27/2005 6:31:06 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies · 885+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 04/27/05 | By Brandon Bailey
    LAS VEGAS - Either the authorities know more than they are saying about the finger in Wendy's chili, or, legal experts say, the case against Anna Ayala could be headed for trouble. During a brief court appearance Tuesday morning, the 39-year-old Ayala scowled at a line of news photographers before telling a Nevada judge that she is eager to return to San Jose and fight the criminal charges against her -- including an allegation that Ayala deliberately planted the finger in a scheme to get money from Wendy's. Authorities have provided few details about how they intend to prove that...
  • Woman in Wendy's Case Waives Extradition (Anna Ayala, the finger lady)

    04/26/2005 1:31:19 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies · 857+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo News) ^ | 26 April 2005 | Christina Almeida
    Woman in Wendy's Case Waives Extradition By CHRISTINA ALMEIDA, Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS - The woman who was arrested after claiming she bit into a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili waived extradition Tuesday, telling a judge she was eager to return to California to face charges. Anna Ayala, 39, appeared before the same judge who issued a warrant for police to search her home outside Las Vegas on April 6. Records from that raid are sealed. (snip) Ayala, who has maintained her innocence, faces a maximum seven-year sentence if convicted of the larceny charges, and at...
  • Unveiling of chili 'hoax' hailed. Police chief lauds 'CSI-type' work

    04/23/2005 7:33:01 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies · 1,379+ views
    Police said a woman paid $11,000 to Ayala toward the purchase of a mobile home. The home was owned by Ayala's live-in boyfriend, and days after the woman moved in she was told to move out because the home loan was in default, a police report said. Ayala since had moved to Las Vegas and refused to return the woman's money, the report said. SAN JOSE, Calif.-- High-tech testing and old-fashioned police work convinced San Jose police that a Las Vegas woman who claimed to have found a finger in her Wendy's chili was full of beans. __________________ Andy Diaz,...
  • Attorney Criticizes Scrutiny Of Client (Anna Ayala, Wendy's Chili Finger Hoax)

    04/24/2005 6:44:33 AM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 15 replies · 1,108+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 24, 2005 | Brandon Bailey and Linda Goldston
    LAS VEGAS - Anna Ayala's attorney said Saturday she is eager to return to San Jose to prove she is innocent of allegations that she planted a human finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili last month. ``She's denying them completely, and I believe she is innocent,'' said San Jose attorney Frederick Ehler, noting that Ayala will waive extradition to face the felony charges authorities have filed against her -- perhaps arriving as early as this week. Ayala has been the focus of intense scrutiny, by police and the media, in the month since the former San Jose resident said...
  • Wendy's Hopes Arrest Woos Back Customers (Loss To Wendy's In Bay Area, $2.5 Million)

    04/23/2005 6:39:16 PM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 31 replies · 1,032+ views
    ABC News/AP ^ | April 23, 2005 | Kim Curtis
    SAN JOSE, Calif. Apr 23, 2005 — Wendy's restaurants are hoping business will bounce back now that a woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of chili has been arrested and investigators say the whole case was likely a hoax. Anna Ayala is accused of attempted grand larceny, a charge authorities said relates to the financial losses Wendy's has suffered since Ayala claimed she bit down a 1 1/2-inch finger tip in a mouthful of her chili on March 22. The loss to Wendy's restaurants in the Bay area is $2.5 million, according to the felony complaint...
  • Chili Woman On Ice (MugShot Photo of Wendy's Finger-In-Chili Extortionist)

    04/22/2005 12:37:24 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 116 replies · 4,733+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 4/22/05 | Smoking Gun
    Cops nail Vegas woman in Wendy's finger caper APRIL 22--Meet Anna Ayala. The Las Vegas woman was arrested last night and hit with felony theft charges in connection with her claim to have found a severed finger in a bowl of chili served to her last month at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, California. Further details of the case against Ayala, 39, are scheduled to be released later today during a police press conference. Ayala is being held in Las Vegas's Clark County Detention Center, where the below mug shot was snapped. Ayala filed a legal claim against the...
  • Wendy's says it's 'thrilled' with news of arrest (The Great Fingerfood Mystery)

    04/22/2005 9:39:39 AM PDT · by SierraWasp · 92 replies · 2,853+ views (By Dow Jones) ^ | 4/22/05 | Heather Wilson
    11:23am 04/22/05 Wendy's says it's 'thrilled' with news of arrest (WEN) By Heather Wilson SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Wendy's International (WEN) said Friday that it was "thrilled" that an arrest has been made in connection with an incident at one of its San Jose, Calif. restaurants. The company said that it will hold a press conference at 1pm Pacific time today.
  • Woman in Wendy's finger case arrested

    04/22/2005 6:19:00 AM PDT · by Dubya · 38 replies · 1,697+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Apr. 22, 2005 | Christina Almeida
    LAS VEGAS - The woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili last month has been arrested, the latest twist in a bizarre case about how the 1 1/2-inch finger tip ended up in a bowl of fast food. Anna Ayala was taken into custody late Thursday at her Las Vegas home, police said. Authorities would not provide details until a news conference Friday in San Jose, Calif. - the city where Ayala claimed she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew. Ayala's 18-year-old son, Guadalupe Reyes, said he had...
  • CSI: Wendy's Restaurants

    04/22/2005 3:08:49 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 9 replies · 3,538+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2005 | Matt Richtel and Alexei Barrionuevo
    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20 - Denny Lynch sat at a booth at a Wendy's restaurant, finishing bites of a chicken sandwich between cellphone calls. Mr. Lynch, a Wendy's executive, was one of only a few lunchtime patrons at the normally buzzing restaurant, where lately business is off by half. That's because, in the same booth where Mr. Lynch sat, a patron claimed on March 22 that she dipped into her cup of beef chili and found part of a human finger. Since then, Mr. Lynch, Wendy's senior vice president for communications, and the rest of Wendy's executive team have...
  • Wendy's Finger Finder Arrested

    04/22/2005 3:19:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 115 replies · 3,556+ views
    FOXNews/AP ^ | April 22, 2005
    Wendy's Finger Finder Arrested Friday, April 22, 2005 SAN FRANCISCO — The woman who claimed she found a well-manicured finger in her bowl of Wendy's (search) chili last month was arrested at her home Thursday night, police said. Police in San Jose, Calif. — the site of the Wendy's in question — announced the arrest of Anna Ayala in Las Vegas (search). Police spokesman Enrique Garcia (search) said authorities would not give any details until a news conference Friday. Ayala's 18-year-old son, Guadalupe Reyes (search), said he had gone to the store around 9 p.m. when he got a phone...
  • Woman Who Found Finger In Chili Arrested (BREAKING: Chili Finger Figure Arrested!)

    04/21/2005 11:06:59 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 131 replies · 3,749+ views
    KGO-TV ^ | April 21, 2005 | Stacey Hendler, KGO-TV News
    Minutes ago on the 11:00 news: Ana Ayala, the woman who says she found a finger in her Wendy's chili, has been arrested at her Las Vegas home. What is known is that she will be charged with Grand Theft. The San Jose Police have scheduled a press conference tomorrow morning.