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    Woman who made Wendy’s chili claim jailed

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    Woman behind Wendy’s chili claim arrested
    Reason for arrest unclear; she allegedly had found finger in food

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 10:30 a.m. ET April 22, 2005

    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 gone to the store around 9 p.m. when he got a phone call from a friend who was back at the Las Vegas home.

    “We rushed back and she was already gone,” Reyes said.

    Reyes said he had no other details and was waiting to hear from his mother.

    Ohio-based Wendy’s International Inc. did not immediately return a call Friday.

    Mysterious case

    Ayala’s claim that she found the finger tip, complete with a well-manicured nail, 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 a late-night punch line.

    Ayala hired a lawyer and filed a claim against the Wendy’s franchise owner, Fresno-based JEM Management. But after police searched her home in Las Vegas and continued to question her family, she dropped the lawsuit threat, saying the whole situation was just too stressful.

    “Lies, lies, lies, that’s all I am hearing,” Ayala said after police started questioning her. “They should look at Wendy’s. What are they hiding? Why are we being victimized again and again?”

    As it turns out, Ayala has a litigious history. She has filed claims against several corporations, including a former employer and General Motors, though it is unclear from court records whether she received any money. She said she got $30,000 from El Pollo Loco after her 13-year-old daughter got sick at one of the chain’s Las Vegas-area restaurants. El Pollo Loco officials say she did not get a dime.

    Wendy's doesn't find a link

    Earlier Thursday, Wendy’s International Inc. announced it had ended its internal investigation, saying it could find no credible link between the finger and the restaurant chain.

    Sales have dropped at franchises in Northern California, forcing layoffs and reduced hours, the company said. Wendy’s also has hired private investigators, set up a hot line for tips and offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the finger’s original owner.
    So the question is... where did the finger come from!?!?
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    You beat me to it lol! I'm still dying to know, who left the 'tip'!?
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    set up a hot line for tips

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    Too strange!!

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    Originally posted by slick
    Hello, yes, this is finger tip 707 checking in....can you give me a "hand" please....no sign of my human anywhere....
    "This is the missing finger hot line. If you have lost a finger, use one of your other 9 fingers to press 0 to reach the operator"
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    My question is where did she hide the rest of the body!!!?
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    Originally posted by kimlovescats
    My question is where did she hide the rest of the body!!!?

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    This whole case is just too weird!
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    eh, I've always doubted this story. but I'm also dying to know where the fingers from. Maybe she got into a morgue... recently burried coffin? hmmm...

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    I need your help.

    I want to get a paypal account set up for this woman, I think she is innocent and should not spend any time in jail....After I saw a picture of her I found myself strangely attracted to her....


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    No finger comment!


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    A recent development....

    Ayala showed up in court to face charges of attempted grand larceny.....


    THere wouldn't have been any charges against her had she not 'fingered' herself....


    That was a really bad pun.
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    Originally posted by RICHARD
    A recent development....

    Ayala showed up in court to face charges of attempted grand larceny.....


    THere wouldn't have been any charges against her had she not 'fingered' herself....


    That was a really bad pun.
    I'm not going to touch that one - with a finger or any other body part!

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    Originally posted by RICHARD
    A recent development....

    Ayala showed up in court to face charges of attempted grand larceny.....


    THere wouldn't have been any charges against her had she not 'fingered' herself....


    That was a really bad pun.
    Maybe your feeling compelled to give her a "hand"...hehe
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