Wendy’s, which has lost millions of dollars in sales since a woman claimed to have found a finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili, got some good news this afternoon.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The mysterious finger that a woman claimed to have found in a bowl of Wendy’s chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the finger in an industrial accident, police said Friday.
“The jig is up. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place, and the truth is being exposed,” Police Chief Rob Davis said.
The discovery of the finger’s owner marks a significant break in a case that has confounded authorities for nearly two months, ever since Anna Ayala claimed she bit down on the well-manicured, 1 1/2-inch finger in a mouthful of her steamy chili.
Authorities said last month that they believed the story was a hoax, and they arrested the 39-year-old Ayala at her home in Las Vegas and charged her with attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to shake down Wendy’s. But whose finger was in the chili remained a mystery.
The owner was traced through a tip made to a Wendy’s hot line, Davis said. He said the man lost the finger in December, and authorities “positively confirmed that this subject was in fact the source of the fingertip.” The nature of the industrial accident was not disclosed.
Davis said the Nevada man, whose name was not released, is cooperating. The police chief would not say if the man was in on the alleged hoax.
Police believe the man gave the finger fragment to Ayala’s husband, Jaime Plascencia, who was arrested this month on identity-theft charges unrelated to the Wendy’s case.Don’t forget, Wendy’s if giving away free Junior Frostys today and all weekend to say thanks to it’s customers, and no purchase is necessary.