Thursday, January 19, 2006


Jail for US 'chilli finger' pair

A couple who planted a human finger in a bowl of chilli in the hope of gaining compensation from Wendy's fast food chain have been jailed in California. Anna Ayala, 39, was sentenced to nine years and her husband Jaime Placencia, 43, will serve 12 years, four months. Ayala's false allegation was said to have cost the third-largest US burger chain $2.5m (£1.4m) in lost sales. The woman had claimed she had bitten into the finger at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose, California, in March 2005. Investigators later found the finger belonged to construction worker Brian Rossiter, who had lost it in an industrial accident and sold it to Mr Placencia for $100. Ayala gave a tearful apology to her friends and Wendy's employees before she and her husband were taken into custody by baliffs at the San Jose court.

"Greed and avarice overtook this couple," said Superior Court Judge Edward Davila, adding that the pair had "lost their moral compass".

The two pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5m (£1.4m) Forensic tests showed that Ayala had not bitten the finger as she had claimed. And police documents revealed she had sued a number of corporations in the past, sometimes settling out of court in return for a payout. The fast food chain always insisted that the finger did not originate at one of its establishments as no staff had lost a digit and no suppliers had reported any accidents involving hands. It said it had to sack employees because of the loss in sales as a result of the negative publicity.

Story from BBC NEWS

There must be an appropriate proverb here. Anyone?

San Nakji for President!


Oricon Ailin said...

This was a really sick couple. It's sad that people get away with this stuff. I am glad though that justice was served. Wendy's is a customer of my business and when they go down for hurts others as well.

Glad to see that these fools got what they deserved.

San Nakji said...

Plus Wendy's hamburgers are the only fast food Mrs SN allows me to eat! Yay Wendy's!

The Archivist said...

I think an appropriate proverb is: Do not lie, for jail cometh.

Crystal said...

I remember when this story 1st broke, and how shocking it was because everybody really believed the finger-in-chilli story! People stopped eating at Wendy's and the bad publicity really hurt them, but hopefully now that justice was served nobody else will try a trick like that. Like we say in America--There is no such thing as a free lunch.

coolbuddha said...

I saw this on the news yesterday. It's amazing how convincing the woman sounded when she was interviewed on TV. Some people can sure lie good.