In spring 2005 a woman made national news by claiming she had discovered a severed finger in a cup of Wendy’s chili. Anna Ayala and her husband, Jaime Plascenia, both asserted that she had unwittingly bitten into the detached appendage while dining at one of the quick-service brand’s outlets in San Jose, Calif. After several months, authorities determined that the couple had placed the finger in the chili themselves. Ayala and Plascenia were sentenced to nine ...

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