January 19, 2006

Wendy's chili scammers get the finger

And now . . . this:

A couple who planted a human finger in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's fast food restaurant to extort money were each jailed for nine years on Wednesday.

Judge Edward Davila also ordered Anna Ayala, 39, and her 43-year-old husband, Jaime Placencia, to pay the US fast food chain 21 million dollars in damages it says it lost because of bad publicity from the case. . . .

Investigators found that the detached digit came from a Las Vegas construction worker, Brian Rossiter, who lost it in an industrial accident then sold it to Placencia for 100 dollars.

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Ah, sweet, sweet justice. I'm going to have to go for yet another celebratory bowl of chili . . .