05/16/2005: Apparently, the mystery is solved....
The "Wendy's chili finger" has been traced to a co-worker of Anna Ayala's husband.
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.Somehow I can just see the scene... James Plascencia looking at the bloody, severed fingertip, and asking, "Hey, if you're not going to be using that, I think my wife might want it for this project she's working on...."
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.
Only in America.
Len on 05.16.05 @ 06:14 PM CST