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Posted: 1/18/2006 2:16:33 PM EDT
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10910050/?GT1=7538

Couple gets 9 years for Wendy’s finger scam
Woman calls her actions 'a moment of poor judgment'

Updated: 4:17 p.m. ET Jan. 18, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California court sentenced a couple to nine years in prison on Wednesday for planting a severed human finger in a bowl of chili to swindle a Wendy’s fast food restaurant.

A judge in Santa Clara Superior Court sentenced Anna Ayala and her husband, Jaime Plascencia, to nine years imprisonment for their role in the Wendy’s scam, which caused a sharp fall in sales at the third-largest U.S. burger chain.

The husband was given another three years and four months for not paying support for the five children he has with another woman in an unrelated case, giving him a total sentence of 12 years, four months behind bars.

Both received near the maximum possible punishment in their cases.

“I am truly sorry. I owe Wendy’s and its employees an apology,” a sobbing Ayala told the court. “Wendy’s had always been my family’s favorite fast food restaurant.”

She called her actions “a moment of poor judgment,” and told her family: “For all the shame I brought upon them I am sorry, I am so sorry.”

Ayala, 39, who had been a Las Vegas resident, had initially claimed that she discovered the finger after buying the bowl of chili last March. She hired a lawyer and complained publicly about the experience, attracting wide attention to the seemingly bizarre incident.

Investigators later determined Plascencia obtained the piece of finger from a co-worker who had lost the top of a finger in an industrial accident at a Las Vegas paving company. The man had turned over the finger fragment to settle a $50 debt.

“I am extremely remorseful,” said Plascencia, 43, who, like his wife, wore prison garb to the hearing at which television cameras were permitted.

Wendy’s International, based in Dublin, Ohio, paid a $100,000 reward for information to help establish the source of the severed finger.

Company officials said it took Wendy’s months to recover from the bad publicity and lost millions of dollars in sales because of the incident. At one point it gave away free ice cream to try to lure customers back into its San Jose area restaurants.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:17:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 2:18:06 PM EDT by gaspain]
YES!
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:19:30 PM EDT
how long till she's eligible for parole???

She shoul'dve gotten 20 years.

and Wendys should sue her for the lost income.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:20:12 PM EDT
Who fingered the perps?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:25:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 2:28:14 PM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]

Originally Posted By Only_Hits_Count:
Wendys should sue her for the lost income.



A big +1.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:27:28 PM EDT
9 years? People are convicted of much more heinous crimes and get half that or less.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:29:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien:
9 years? People are convicted of much more heinous crimes and get half that or less.



Then those people should get more time. Defaming a company and costing them MILLIONS in lost revenue, while at the same time trying to extort them for even more money is pretty serious in my book.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:31:20 PM EDT
They're not very smart are they. My scam works every time.

Excuse me mam, but I bought this pair of underwear and there's penis in them...see?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:31:42 PM EDT
I think she's going to be the butt of many jokes in prison.

"OK, who fingered you as the perp?"
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:33:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:37:45 PM EDT
Bunch of scumbag low lifes..they should get 20yrs and have to serve Wendy's food for free for 10 yrs !

Who is paying Wendy's back for the lost revenue ?? Certainly not those two losers !

I cant believe so many would even think there would be a finger ligit in that chilli, to bad they lost so much revenue, I wonder how Wendys determined that ?

It didnt stop me from buying food from them...
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:37:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 2:38:52 PM EDT by CRC]
Good.

Dave Thomas has a fine chain of restaurants

I luv Wendy's
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:41:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CRC:
Good.

Dave Thomas has a fine chain of restaurants

I luv Wendy's



Dave Thomas is dead...God rest his burger making soul.
Some trivia - Bet you didn't know he was Lebanese either.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:44:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:

Originally Posted By CRC:
Good.

Dave Thomas has a fine chain of restaurants

I luv Wendy's



Dave Thomas is dead...God rest his burger making soul.
Some trivia - Bet you didn't know he was Lebanese either.



More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:46:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:

Originally Posted By CRC:
Good.

Dave Thomas has a fine chain of restaurants

I luv Wendy's



Dave Thomas is dead...God rest his burger making soul.
Some trivia - Bet you didn't know he was Lebanese either.



More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



He was also the original Spock in Star Trek.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:47:35 PM EDT
Best part of this whole ordeal was a video taped interview that made Las Vegas news. I'm sitting there at the dinenr table as a very professional looking prosecutor (or detective? ) is talking about how they believe the finger was placed there and so on. He ends with, "what we really want to know is, who's *bleep*n' finger was it!?"

Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:50:24 PM EDT
They got what they deserved. If you read their history, it sounds like they got away with scams in the past & were still looking to make more free money.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:50:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



Dave Thomas?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 2:54:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWS:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



Dave Thomas?



Yep. No joke.

He "retired" from KFC and got bored and decided to open his own string of burger joints. He named them after one of his daughters, Wendy.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 3:02:15 PM EDT
Wendy went to UF. Go Gators!

Oh yea 9 years... serves them right. I beleieve they had pulled other scams in the past
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 5:04:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By SWS:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



Dave Thomas?



Yep. No joke.

He "retired" from KFC and got bored and decided to open his own string of burger joints. He named them after one of his daughters, Wendy.


How do you guys know this stuff?
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 5:07:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By SWS:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



Dave Thomas?



Yep. No joke.

He "retired" from KFC and got bored and decided to open his own string of burger joints. He named them after one of his daughters, Wendy.


How do you guys know this stuff?



See, there's this invention called the Internet...




Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:27:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
How do you guys know this stuff?



Dave Thomas is a legend here in Ohio.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:36:49 PM EDT
Just yesterday I was enjoying a nice Hot Cup of Wendy's Chili and I was wondering what happened with that case

Thanks for filling us in !
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:45:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/18/2006 6:49:15 PM EDT by PeteCO]

“I am truly sorry. I owe Wendy’s and its employees an apology,” a sobbing Ayala told the court. “Wendy’s had always been my family’s favorite fast food restaurant.”


Yeah, that'll save you!!

Fucking hilarious

...and then there's this gem:


Investigators later determined Plascencia obtained the piece of finger from a co-worker who had lost the top of a finger in an industrial accident at a Las Vegas paving company. The man had turned over the finger fragment to settle a $50 debt.


Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:50:12 PM EDT
About damn time a stupid law suit has a flip happen and the claimants go to jail!!
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:50:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:

Originally Posted By CRC:
Good.

Dave Thomas has a fine chain of restaurants

I luv Wendy's



Dave Thomas is dead...God rest his burger making soul.
Some trivia - Bet you didn't know he was Lebanese either.



More trivia:

Bet you didn't know that he originally worked for KFC and was the one that had the idea of dressing the Kentucky Col. up for Kentucky Fried Chicken.



He was also the original Spock in Star Trek.



+ he was Chuck Norris' sensei
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:51:14 PM EDT
GOOD!!!!
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:51:44 PM EDT
http://www.davehayes.org/d/2458-1/genefinger.jpg

That chick looks like Gene Simmons.
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:52:44 PM EDT
Where were all these feelings of remorse when she thought she was going to score thru a scam lawsuit???

That's a wagonload of shit she's pushing there and I ain't buyin'!!
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 6:56:31 PM EDT
I like the fact that the husband got time for not paying child support - serves him right.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:56:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Evil_Ed:

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
How do you guys know this stuff?



See, there's this invention called the Internet...






Wiseass.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 2:06:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien:
9 years? People are convicted of much more heinous crimes and get half that or less.



Yeah, like the guy that got 60 days for raping a litle girl for 4 years.

I would have just tattooed IDIOT on their foreheads and sterolized these morons, about 5 min. after their claim.
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