Wendy's Finger a Hoax

By: Rebecca Burlette
By: Rebecca Burlette

There’s a surprise twist in the case of the Nevada woman, who last month claimed she found a finger in a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s in California.

It’s a bizarre story involving a search for the owner of a missing finger. California police say it appears to have been an elaborate hoax. Now, police are trying to make sure people know that no matter where the finger came from, it wasn't from Wendy’s.

During a press conference Friday, police announced they've charged 39-year-old Anna Ayala with attempted grand larceny. She was arrested in her home in Las Vegas Thursday night.

Ayala claimed to have found the finger while eating chili at a Wendy’s in San Jose, California. Ayala eventually dropped a lawsuit after Wendy’s failed to find any missing fingers from workers associated with the restaurant chain.

Since Ayala’s claim, Wendy’s has lost around $2.5 million.

Dr. Chuck Brown, Director of Marketing at Rock Valley College, believes the restaurant will soon recover. He says the whole incident will soon be forgotten. Police say they continue to follow leads to the origin of the fingertip.


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