4/13/2005

Will Wendy's Business Suffer?

A woman in San Jose, California, found a 1 1/2 inch long finger in her bowl of chile last month. She has just come out and said she will not be suing Wendy's for this, but investigators are still trying to track down the origin of the finger.

I don't know about you, but I find that horribly disgusting. How can a finger end up in someone's food? Although Wendy's won't be losing any money from a law suit, I think that they will see quite a drop in sales, at least around that area of California. So do you think that the decline will hurt Wendy's at all? Or will people continue to eat at this fast food chain, in hopes they don't also come across such an interesting "treasure"?

6 comments:

Keston said...

I heard a news clip the other day that said all of the hype of the finger may not be true, and with the announcement of the women not suing, it really makes me wonder. I think all of this publicity could help or hurt Wendy's depending on what the investigation turns up. If the woman made this entire story up, then the publicity could help Wendy's and personally I would feel bad for them. I might even go buy more from Wendy's just to show my support to them, for having to face these false claims. However, if this claim is true, I think it will really hurt Wendy's. In fact it probably already has. But I find it really interesting that if this story is true, why is the woman dropping the law suit?

Harry said...

I think that it will hurt Wendy's. Because that is just gross I will never eat Chili from there. But if it is a false claim then it needs to be corrected for Wendy's benefits.

Marie said...

I read the article, and it stated that the woman was notorious for causing litigation with corporations. I don’t think that it will hurt Wendy’s too much unless people believe everything that they hear. I think that the woman realized that she would be caught in a fraudulent act, and backed down from the litigation. I just hope she is punished for this ridiculous epidemic of scandalous behavior that is overtaking the American population.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Fred's post for a spelling error.

It now appears that this was a false claim - they just need to get the woman to confess, or find the "donor". There are rumors they believe it is from Mexico.

Wendy's franchises in the Bay area have apparently been severely hurt by this - sales are off 20-50% according to the news.

BTW: finding any sort of substantial body part in prepared food is an urban myth. This used to happen occassionally in the early part of the 20th century (accidents do happen) but is essentially non-existent during your lifetime. Of course, then there is hair ...

Ross said...

Harry, you ignorant slut! Wendy's was exonerated. You should have known better. By the way, have you gotten a good look at some of the kitchen help in restaurants? I'm surprised you've been eating out all these years. If you're worried about what MIGHT be contaminating your food, you'd better start growing your own tomatoes.

Dr. Tufte said...

Umm ... Ross ... this doesn't make you look very bright. Harry wrote this post long before the hoax was figured out.