Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Frozen Finger Of Fate
A Wilmington, N.C. man, Clarence Stowers, got a nasty surprise inside a pint of frozen chocolated custard from a local dessert shop — a piece of severed finger lost by an employee in an accident.
Unlike a recent incident at a Wendy's restaurant in California, no questions of truth have been raised about the finger found in a package from Kohl's Frozen Custard.
State officials went to the shop Monday, and the owner confirmed one of his employees lost part of a finger in an accident with a food-processing machine.
Stowers, thinking the frozen chunk was a piece of candy, put it into his mouth to get the ice cream off and see what it was, but wasn't able to identify it until he rinsed off the chunk with water — and just started screaming.
A spokesman for the desert shop said several employees tried to help the injured worker, and that a drive-thru window attendant apparently scooped custard from the bucket into a pint before being told what had happened.
Apparently the copious amounts of blood wasn't a giveaway.