What happens when your semisuccessful fast-food chain has its reputation tarnished by claims of a severed digit found in its cuisine? You start giving away the store, of course, and praying that you'll get your customers back. We all probably agree that the best things in life are free, or enhanced by drugs or alcohol. Well, Wendy's, prestigious promoters of the square burger patty, met us halfway.
When Las Vegas' sneaky and alliterative Anna Ayala snuck the tip of a friend's finger into her bowl of chili, Wendy's saw its profits and popularity plummet while the woman, oft involved in odd litigations throughout her 39 years, claimed she bit into the tip unaware. As a thank you to its loyal customers for sticking by the chain, the defamed store went on a giveaway tear that would make Crazy Eddie question its loss-leading promotion.
Free Frosties! That's right. Apparently, anyone coming to any Wendy's this past weekend was allowed unlimited amounts of this delicious frozen dessert with no purchase required. Having given away more than 10 million Frosties May 1315, and with criminal charges being filed against Ms. Ayala for attempted grand theft, Wendy's seeks to bring closure to this unfortunate and nasty incident. AHT wishes Wendy's luck and gives Ms. Ayala the finger!
No word yet, however, on whether Sweden's Astrid Lindgren ever considered legal action against Wendy's for the strong resemblance the chain's mascot shares with her creation, Pippi Longstocking.
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