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  • Finger Traced to Woman Who Blamed Wendy's

    05/13/2005 9:39:53 PM PDT · by winner3000 · 13 replies · 649+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/13/2005 | GREG SANDOVAL/AP
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The mysterious finger that a woman claimed to have found in a bowl of Wendy's chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the finger in an industrial accident, police said Friday. ADVERTISEMENT "The jig is up. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place, and the truth is being exposed," Police Chief Rob Davis said. The discovery of the finger's owner marks a significant break in a case that has confounded authorities for nearly two months, ever since Anna Ayala claimed she bit down on the well-manicured, 1 1/2-inch finger in a...
  • Finger Traced to Woman Who Blamed Wendy's

    05/13/2005 10:07:22 PM PDT · by glasseye · 30 replies · 1,021+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 05-13-05 | GREG SANDOVAL
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The mysterious finger that a woman claimed to have found in a bowl of Wendy's chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the finger in an industrial accident, police said Friday. "The jig is up. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place, and the truth is being exposed," Police Chief Rob Davis said. The discovery of the finger's owner marks a significant break in a case that has confounded authorities for nearly two months, ever since Anna Ayala claimed she bit down on the well-manicured, 1 1/2-inch finger in a mouthful...
  • FICKLED FINGER OF FATE FERRETS FAKER

    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
    MarketWatch.com (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.
  • Wendy's Closes Internal Investigation, Finds No Link Between Finger in Chili and Its Operations

    04/21/2005 10:44:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 428+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-21-2005 | Justin M. Norton
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fast-food giant Wendy's ended its internal investigation of how a well-manicured finger wound up in a bowl of chili - declaring it found no credible link between the digit and the restaurant chain. San Jose police will continue their investigation, the restaurant said in a brief statement. Ohio-based Wendy's International Inc. maintains the 1 1/2-inch-long finger tip did not get into the chili in its ingredients. 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. Anna Ayala told...
  • We Want Wendy's

    04/18/2005 3:05:36 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 12 replies · 765+ views
    me | April 18, 2005 | Tamar193
    It's time for Freepers to start a We Want Wendy's campaign to stop this ridiculous product disparagement. Freepers should make a point to take their families to Wendy's and encourage their friends to go, ala the Eat for Victory campaign after 9/11. This case has received far more "legs" than any story about rats or whatever supposedly found in food. I guess, dining on digits is more offensive than munching on mice. I wonder if that is the reason why the lady dropped her suit against Wendy's; she probably had expected it to be a quick-payoff with her fancy attorney...
  • Wendy's Trying to Solve Mystery of Finger

    04/18/2005 12:32:38 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 45 replies · 1,459+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon Apr 18, 8:19 AM ET | By KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about 1 1/2 inches long. Authorities know where the finger ended up — in a bowl of Wendy's chili — but just who it belongs to is a mystery. Anna Ayala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympathy. But when police and health officials failed to find any missing digits among the workers involved in the restaurant's supply chain, suspicion fell on Ayala, and her story has...
  • Woman now says finger in chili not hers She lost digit to leopard kept outside her home in Nevada

    04/15/2005 9:36:44 AM PDT · by Cagey · 13 replies · 879+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4-15-2005 | Ryan Kim, Maria Alicia Gaura
    A Nevada woman who fueled speculation that one of her fingers ended up in a bowl of chili at a San Jose Wendy's after it was bit off by a leopard believes her digit is too small to be the one that has garnered worldwide attention, her attorney said Thursday. The tip of one of Sandy Allman's fingers was chomped Feb. 23 by a leopard kept outside her home in rural Pahrump, about an hour's drive from Las Vegas. She last saw her finger at a Las Vegas hospital, where doctors were unable to reattach it. This week, Allman, through...
  • Mystery of Wendy's chili finger deepens

    04/15/2005 1:05:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 71 replies · 2,707+ views
    AP ^ | 4/15/5 | KIM CURTIS
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about 1 1/2 inches long. Authorities know where the finger ended up - in a bowl of Wendy's chili - but just who it belongs is a mystery. Anna Ayala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympathy. But when police and health officials failed to find any missing digits among the workers involved in the restaurant's supply chain, suspicion fell on Ayala, and her story has become...
  • Reward in chili finger case increased to $100,000

    04/15/2005 4:25:44 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 9 replies · 476+ views
    Mercury News ^ | April 15, 2005
    Wendy's announced today it is increasing the reward for information on the finger in the chili case to $100,000. The fast food chain also ran ads today in newspapers, including the Mercury News, on its reward offer, which had been $50,000. ``We believe somebody knows exactly what happened and we hope the reward will encourage this person to come forward soon,'' said Steven Jay of Wendy's of San Jose in a written statement. A press release says the money will go to the ``first person providing verifiable information into the origin of the foreign object found in a bowl of...
  • Wendy's Has Its Hands Full With the Tale of the Finger in the Chili (Letterman & Leno chime in)

    04/15/2005 2:45:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies · 1,502+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 15, 2005
    Wendy's Has Its Hands Full With the Tale of the Finger in the Chili By Kim Curtis/ Associated Press Writer Apr 15, 2005 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about 1 1/2 inches long. Authorities know where the finger ended up - in a bowl of Wendy's chili - but just who it belongs is a mystery. Anna Ayala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympathy. But when police and health officials...
  • Animal rescuer links finger to leopard bite - "leopard was using it as a toy"

    04/14/2005 2:07:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 1,818+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2005 | JOHN W. GONZALEZ, Houston Chronicle San Antonio Bureau
    SAN ANTONIO - The human finger retrieved from a bowl of Wendy's chili in California may have come from a Nevada woman who had a digit bitten off by a pet leopard there in February, an animal rescuer asserted Wednesday. Wild Animal Orphanage Director Carol Asvestas said she witnessed the biting while on a rescue mission in Pahrump, Nev., and provided Wendy's with photographs she took before and after the Feb. 23 incident. Police in San Jose, Calif., where a lawsuit was filed against a Wendy's franchise and later withdrawn, are following up on the information Asvestas provided, according to...
  • Fast Food Finger Finder Drops Law Suit (Wendy's chili)

    04/13/2005 11:39:41 AM PDT · by Asphalt · 48 replies · 1,844+ views
    Fox News ^ | 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.
  • Investigators In Wendy's Finger Case Check Out Clue

    04/13/2005 3:35:59 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 50 replies · 2,009+ views
    Local6.com ^ | April 7, 2005
    Investigators In Wendy's Finger Case Check Out Clue POSTED: 6:30 am EDT April 13, 2005 UPDATED: 3:39 pm EDT April 13, 2005 SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Police in California say they're checking out a possible lead in the case involving an allegedly contaminated bowl of Wendy's chili. San Jose police are investigating the case of a woman who lost part of her finger in a leopard attack. The woman, who has several exotic animals, reportedly got the finger back in a bag of ice, after doctors couldn't re-attach it. She lives in a town about 45 miles north of Las...
  • Finger in Wendy's chili may be linked to leopard attack

    04/13/2005 12:12:09 PM PDT · by KarlInOhio · 77 replies · 2,911+ views
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Police in California say they're checking out a possible lead in the case involving an allegedly contaminated bowl of Wendy's chili. San Jose police are investigating the case of a woman who lost part of her finger in a leopard attack. The woman, who has several exotic animals, reportedly got the finger back in a bag of ice, after doctors couldn’t re-attach it. She lives in a town about 45 miles north of Las Vegas. A month after that attack, a Las Vegas woman reported biting into a human finger while eating a bowl of Wendy’s...
  • Woman Won't Sue Wendy's for Alleged Finger

    04/13/2005 5:10:51 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 55 replies · 4,289+ views
    ap/abc ^ | Wednesday, April 13, 2005
    SAN JOSE, Calif. Apr 13, 2005 — 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...
  • Woman Claiming Finger in Chili Sues Often

    04/10/2005 6:07:29 AM PDT · by paltz · 38 replies · 1,214+ views
    apnews ^ | 4/8/05 | By KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The woman who claims she bit into a human finger while eating chili at a Wendy's restaurant has a history of filing lawsuits - including a claim against another fast-food restaurant. Anna Ayala, 39, who hired a San Jose, Calif., attorney to represent her in the Wendy's case, has been involved in at least half a dozen legal battles in the San Francisco Bay area, according to court records. She brought a suit against an ex-boss in 1998 for sexual harassment and sued an auto dealership in 2000, alleging the wheel fell off her car. That...
  • Some loyal customers still dining at Wendy's

    04/10/2005 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,095+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/10/5 | Dave Murphy, Ryan Kim
    By 2 p.m. Saturday, four San Jose police cars had converged in the parking lot of perhaps the world's most famous Wendy's. But the officers inside the Monterey Road restaurant weren't serving a search warrant in connection with fingers or chili or anything else. They were being served. Lunch. It was what passes as a normal Saturday these days at that Wendy's, which has seen business drop off dramatically since the night of March 22, when customer Anna Ayala said she found a human finger in her chili. As tests continue to determine the finger's origin, the 39-year-old Ayala has...
  • Woman Claiming Finger in Chili Sues Often

    04/09/2005 4:09:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies · 2,291+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | KEN RITTER, AP
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The woman who claims she bit into a human finger while eating chili at a Wendy's restaurant has a history of filing lawsuits - including a claim against another fast-food restaurant. Anna Ayala, 39, who hired a San Jose, Calif., attorney to represent her in the Wendy's case, has been involved in at least half a dozen legal battles in the San Francisco Bay area, according to court records. She brought a suit against an ex-boss in 1998 for sexual harassment and sued an auto dealership in 2000, alleging the wheel fell off her car. That...
  • Woman Claiming Finger in Chili Sues Often

    04/08/2005 7:36:22 PM PDT · by kennedy · 84 replies · 3,855+ views
    Findlaw.com ^ | April 8, 2005 | KEN RITTER
    The woman who claims she bit into a human finger while eating chili at a Wendy's restaurant has a history of filing lawsuits - including a claim against another fast-food restaurant. Anna Ayala, 39, who hired a San Jose, Calif., attorney to represent her in the Wendy's case, has been involved in at least half a dozen legal battles in the San Francisco Bay area, according to court records. She brought a suit against an ex-boss in 1998 for sexual harassment and sued an auto dealership in 2000, alleging the wheel fell off her car. That suit was dismissed after...
  • Bizarre Twist In Case Of Finger Found In Wendy's Chili<br>(dead aunt's finger?)

    04/08/2005 7:07:27 AM PDT · by Asphalt · 79 replies · 4,201+ views
    ABC ^ | 4/7/05 | ABC
    A bizarre twist to the story of a finger found in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's. It happened a couple of weeks ago in San Jose. Now we hear that investigators got a search warrant for the Las Vegas home of the woman who found the finger. ABC7's Leslie Brinkley reports that this new twist may have something to do with the woman's dead aunt. San Jose police confirmed today that they did go to Las Vegas and working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, served a search warrant yesterday on a home on Coral Berry Street....
  • Police search home of woman who found finger

    04/08/2005 12:17:25 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 25 replies · 1,760+ views
    sfgate.com/SF Chronicle ^ | Friday, April 8, 2005 | Alan Gathright, Dave Murphy and Maria Alicia Gaura
    The mystery of the finger found in a bowl of chili at a San Jose Wendy's last month deepened Thursday with revelations that police have searched the Las Vegas home of the woman who made the revolting find. A tearful Anna Ayala, 39, angrily denied planting the finger in a telephone interview with The Chronicle. She accused San Jose and Las Vegas officers of bursting into her home with guns drawn on her and her family Wednesday afternoon. "They put guns to us and handcuffed us and threw us to the ground in front of all my neighbors,'' Ayala said...
  • Police search home of woman who claimed to find finger at Wendy's

    04/07/2005 7:45:35 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 18 replies · 1,838+ views
    Police search home of woman who claimed to find finger at Wendy's Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. - Investigators searched the Las Vegas home of a woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose last month. The San Jose Police Department, working with their counterparts in Las Vegas, served the warrant Wednesday as they investigate how a finger ended up in Anna Ayala's bowl of chili. "We are looking into every aspect in this case," San Jose police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten said. "We are talking to people she knows...
  • Finger in chili may have been that of woman's deceased aunt

    04/07/2005 6:32:39 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 266 replies · 7,651+ views
    KFI AM640, Los Angeles, John and Ken Show | April 7, 2005
    Just heard a "this just in" flash on KFI AM640 in Los Angeles that the police in Las Vegas have executed a search warrant on the home of the woman who found a finger in her Wendy's chili. Police suspect the finger may that of the woman's dead aunt.
  • Wendy's Forecasts Smaller Profit for First Quarter

    04/06/2005 7:00:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies · 306+ views
    AP ^ | 04-06-2005 | Staff
    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Wendy's International Inc. on Wednesday forecast a smaller first-quarter profit, saying its earnings will be slammed by higher beef prices, expensing stock options and an earlier Easter holiday this year. But the fast-food chain, which also posted dismal March sales results at its flagship Wendy's restaurants, maintained expectations for a rebound in the second half of 2005 and reiterated its projected full-year earnings. Last month, same-store sales at company-owned Wendy's locations open at least a year slipped 5.1 percent, compared with an increase of 9.9 percent the previous year, Wendy's said. At franchised locations, sales dropped...
  • Woman who found finger at Wendy's files claim against franchise

    03/29/2005 2:03:58 PM PST · by soundandvision · 151 replies · 3,625+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    A woman who bit down on a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant in California said she was disgusted by the experience while her attorney has filed a claim with the franchise owner. Anna Ayala, 39, of Las Vegas, was dining at the Wendy's in San Jose, Calif., on March 22 when officials said she scooped up the inch-and-a-half long fingertip in a mouthful of chili. "Just knowing that there was a human remain in my mouth ... it is disgusting. It is tearing me apart inside," Ayala told ABC's "Good Morning America" on...
  • Search continues in Wendy's finger case

    03/24/2005 7:08:03 PM PST · by XR7 · 91 replies · 10,447+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 3/24/05 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    SEARCH CONTINUES - A woman bit into a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant, leading authorities to a fingerprint database Thursday to determine who lost the digit. The incident occurred Tuesday night at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant and left the customer ill and distraught, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Health Department. "She was so emotionally upset once she found out what it was," Alexiou said. "She was vomiting." Employees at the Wendy's store were asked to show investigators their fingers after the Tuesday night incident. All employees' digits...
  • DFU SONG: Windy (new "finger" food at Wendy's)

    03/25/2005 9:12:08 PM PST · by doug from upland · 8 replies · 772+ views
    DFU SONGS | 3-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - WINDY If late at night your hunger is burning...there is a place that you ought to go It has the food for which you are yearning...new finger food at Wendy's Even Ta-Ray-za Heinz says she loves it...she is a frequent guest, so they say If food's delayed, she tells them to shove it...new finger food at Wendy's Do they still have chili fries...can you get them supersized...clogged arteries, no surpise They'll make you croak...it is no joke...they'll make you croak...it is no joke Sometimes a new ingredient shows up...they're working hard to try something new Their latest...
  • Sales drop at Wendy's after finger found

    03/25/2005 7:19:58 PM PST · by crushelits · 97 replies · 5,648+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | March 25, 2005 | ANDY RESNIK
    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,"...
  • Authorities seek hand with a missing finger

    03/25/2005 12:20:12 PM PST · by Cagey · 50 replies · 1,339+ views
    SFGate ^ | 3-25-2005 | Maria Alicia Gaura, Alan Gathright and Dave Murphy
    The mystery of how a human finger found its way into a bowl of fast-food chili has sparked a series of investigations that hope to trace the finger back from a San Jose restaurant to the hand it was detached from. Santa Clara County sheriff's officials said Thursday that they planned to lift a fingerprint from the mystery digit, in the hope that the owner's prints might be listed on a database. The far-flung probes began after a diner at a Wendy's restaurant on Monterey Road bit into the 13/8-inch piece of a finger Tuesday evening while eating chili. Investigators...
  • You Want Fingers with That?

    03/24/2005 11:40:18 AM PST · by EUPHORIC · 5 replies · 905+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/23/2005 | Yahoo News
    SAN FRANCISCO - A diner at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in San Jose, California, found a human finger in a bowl of chili prepared by the chain, local officials said on Wednesday. "This individual apparently did take a spoonful, did have a finger in their mouth and then, you know, spit it out and recognized it," said Ben Gale, director of the department of environmental health for Santa Clara County. "Then they had some kind of emotional reaction and vomited." Local officials launched an investigation after the incident on Tuesday night and the medical examiner determined on Wednesday that...
  • Woman bites into finger at San Jose restaurant (human digit in chili!)

    03/23/2005 5:13:51 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 67 replies · 3,581+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/23/05 | Maria Alicia Gaura
    A diner bit into a segment of human finger while digging into a bowl of chili at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said today. The woman, who asked officials not to name or even describe her, spit out the well-cooked digit and reportedly warned other diners to stop eating. She then became sick to her stomach. Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib said today the woman was horrified "due to the unpleasant sensation of having this (object) in her mouth." But he said the finger had been cooked at a high...