Skip to comments.Woman Won't Sue Wendy's for Alleged Finger
Posted on 04/13/2005 5:10:51 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod
SAN JOSE, Calif. Apr 13, 2005 A woman who claimed she scooped up a human finger along with her chili at a Wendy's restaurant has decided not to sue the fast-food chain.
Anna Ayala dropped her claim because it "has caused her great emotional distress and continues to be difficult emotionally," said her attorney, Jeffrey Janoff.
Ayala, 39, claimed she found the 1 1/2-inch long fingertip on March 22 while dining at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose. She later filed a claim with the franchise owner, Fresno-based JEM Management Corp., which her attorney had said was the first step before filing a lawsuit.
Phone calls to Ayala's house went unanswered Tuesday. Investigators searched her Las Vegas home last week as part of their investigation into how a finger ended up in the chili.
Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch declined to comment on Ayala's decision to drop the lawsuit but said a reward hot line to receive tips will remain open. Wendy's has offered $50,000 to the first person who can provide verifiable information that identifies the origin of the finger.
"It's very important to us to find out what really happened at the restaurant," Lynch said. "We will continue to fully cooperate with the police investigation."
Wendy's maintains the finger did not enter the food chain in its ingredients. None of the employees at the San Jose store had lost any fingers, and no suppliers of Wendy's ingredients reported any hand or finger injuries, the company said.
The Santa Clara County coroner's office used a partial fingerprint to search for a match in an electronic database but came up empty. DNA testing is still being conducted on the finger.
Who saw that coming?
Time for Wendy's to sue her. Apparently, this woman has made a nice life for herself winning bogus lawsuits.
I thought those are the reasons for filing a lawsuit?
I "see" a vacation in Anna Ayala's future, either back to Mexico or to prison for fraud.
Too bad I can't "see" the winner of the Derby as clearly.
The jig is up!
Yup....she's guilty alright.
Sooooo, you call the hot line, leave a fingertip, get a reward?
Hey Ayala, here's your last chance. Go for it babe!
Yesterday I found out I had a pupil in my eye!
I'm so glad Wendy's didn't pay this person.
Dave would be proud!
I agree. She's caused more than a few people to avoid Wendy's, I'd bet.
Her face needs to be plastered everywhere so that all business owners and general population are warned that this woman is a ambulance chaser trying to rob everyone.
So she's not gonna get the digit$ she was hoping for.
You screwed up, big time. Not only didn't Wendy's cave, they have offered a $50,000 reward to whoever can help them send you to jail.
As a professional con artist, you gotta learn the value of subtlety. The finger was just begging for a lot of publicity. A cockroach would have worked just as well, and it probably wouldn't have called any attention to you.
You need to spend as much effort on gaining lawful employment as you do conjuring up scams.
Pity her poor physicians.
How many puns have resulted from this story? The mind reels...
I would be mad if someone at Wendy's gave me the finger :P
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