If you like your salads a little, uh, meaty, you should try a place called Joey Brooklyn's in St. Petersburg, Florida. The pizzeria was known for their delicious pies until one of their salads got all of the attention, and not in a good way. According to a complaint filed with the state health department, the restaurant served one local resident mixed greens tossed with a fingertip. A human fingertip.
When the customer bit into the fleshy piece and realized what it was, nausea, vomiting, and a trip to the local hospital ensued. Can't say I blame the guy. If I got a salad with a side of cannibalism, I'd be puking my guts out, too.
News 10 in Tampa Bay reports that the customer's claim has been substantiated after a health inspector went to the restaurant and saw that one of the employees had a Band-Aid on his finger and claimed he cut himself while chopping lettuce. Smoking gun, much?
The restaurant owner told News 10 that she can't comment on the investigation, but is looking forward to the next health inspection because she plans on getting a perfect score.
Listen, lady. You just served up a severed body part. Let's not just glide over this like it's not a big deal. It's a huge deal. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it should be a rule of thumb that if you serve up a chopped off extremity on a bed of greens, your restaurant should be shut down for nine weeks -- one week for every finger your chef has left.
Make no bones about it, there are finger foods, then there are fingers in food. Unfortunately, Joey's Brooklyn's might not realize the difference.
What's the grossest thing you've ever found in a meal?
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