Wendy’s Finger Woman Locked Up

You may remember Anna Ayala, the litigious dingbat who claimed to have found a finger in her bowl of Wendy’s chili.

As I had hoped, she was arrested today on felony theft charges related to her chili caper.

Anna Ayala, who had threatened to sue Wendy’s after the incident at one of its San Jose, California, locations, is being held on suspicion of grand theft and attempted grand theft, San Jose police spokesman Nick Muyo said in an interview. Wendy’s offered a $100,000 reward for information on the finger’s source after sales at its area restaurants fell.

Ayala, 39, is a Las Vegas resident who was visiting relatives in San Jose when she reported biting into the finger March 22, according to press reports. Her claim set police and Wendy’s, the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain, on a monthlong pursuit of how the 1 1/2-inch segment of a well-manicured finger got into an order of beef chili.

There are no other suspects in the case, Muyo said. Telephone calls to the home of an Anna Ayala in Las Vegas went unanswered. A police spokesman in Las Vegas had no information on whether Ayala has a lawyer representing her.

The San Jose police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. California time. Ayala will be transferred at some point from Las Vegas to San Jose, Muyo said.

More details to follow, it appears. Her delightful mugshot from the Smoking Gun:

UPDATE:

From the You Cannot Make This Shit Up Department: Last week, another Nevada resident said the finger was hers – she recognized it on television!

Forensic experts began running DNA tests on the finger, while authorities looked into Ms Ayala’s past after she suddenly dropped a lawsuit she had filed against Wendy’s.

The case took another bizarre twist last week, when a woman who keeps wild animals called police saying the finger was hers and that it had been ripped off in a leopard attack.

Sandy Allman, 59, who also lives near Las Vegas, said she recognised her finger on television.

My mama always told me, don’t keep leopards or you’ll be watching your fingers on TV one day.

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  3. I saw this on the news yesterday (actually now, the day before yesterday) evening… I don’t recall hearing anything there about the Nevada woman who claimed the finger is hers.

    Last night, at Steak ‘n Shake, the person next to me ordered chilli. When it arrived, I told him that I hope that there aren’t any fingers in it. I hope that he got that joke… Otherwise, that remark would just seem weird.

  4. If we think of Capitalism as it’s own life force, we have to recognize bithces like this for the cancerous tumors they are. She should be removed, nay, lanced. And analy raped.(though that might be a tall order since she’s going to girly prison, but you never never know). never.

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