Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lengthy Sentences for Husband and Wife in Wendy's Severed Finger Hoax

The stomach-turning story of the discovery of a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili that was an attempt to scam the fast-food company resulted in sentences of 12 years for Jaime Plascencia and 9 years for his wife, Anna Ayala.  At the time of the March 2005 claim that she bit on the severed finger that her husband actually obtained from a co-worker, Ayala asked on camera, "Where would I get a damn finger?"  She has now expressed remorse for her conduct, stating that it was a "moment of poor judgment."  That was quite a moment, and all the media attention did not help Wendy's, which estimated that it lost $2.5 million in sales immediately afterward due to the negative publicity.  An AP story (here) discusses the sentencing. (ph)

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