A Michigan teen is giving new meaning to the phrase, “getting the finger.” But Ryan Hart, 14, didn’t do anything to deserve the offensive digit other than bite into an Arby’s sandwich.
After chewing and spitting out something that appeared to a be rubbery substance, Hart surmised that he had found a portion of a human finger in his sandwich, reported MLive, a Michigan news website.
While many stories of finding human body parts in fast food have turned out to be hoaxes in the past, Jackson, Mich. health officials confirmed that an Arby’s employee cut her finger on a meat slicer. The employee left her station (presumably to tend to her wounds) before her coworkers became aware of the incident, and they continued to prepare customer orders with the possibly contaminated meat.
The franchise referred to the finger food incident as “unfortunate and isolated.” Food production was halted once the incident had been discovered, and the staff cleaned and sanitized the restaurant, John Gray, Arby’s vice president for corporate communications, said in a statement. The restaurant was not closed.
This isn’t the first time an Arby’s employee injury has added to the restaurant’s flavor. According to a National Public Radio article, an Ohio man also found a portion of a human finger in his Arby’s sandwich in 2004 when the manager sliced his finger while chopping lettuce.
Other similar finger food claims have turned out to be fraudulent like the Las Vegas couple who were convicted in 2006 of planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili to extort money from the fast food chain, the New York Times reported.
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