15. Wendy's Finger Chili Case
In 2005, Anna Ayala claimed she found a severed finger in her Wendy's chili and the nation made one giant vomiting noise. As a result, Wendy's lost millions in sales from patrons who had images of severed fingers dancing in their heads. But it turned out to be a giant hoax: the cold fingertip was planted in the chili by Ayala and her husband, Jaime Plascencia, who acquired the fingertip from a friend who lost it in a workplace accident. In 2006, the couple pled guilty to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft. Ayala told ABC news that she hoped her example "served as a warning" to kids. Perhaps she meant that when you make fraudulent severed body parts claims, use a precooked finger.