Severed Finger in Arby's Sandwich

Oh, Arby's. When Ryan Hart, 14, bit into an Arby's roast beef sandwich last week, he got a bit more than he bargained for. The "bonus" meat was a severed finger!

Steve Hall, environmental health director for the Jackson County Health Department, tells the Citizen Patriot an Arby's employee had sliced her finger while operating a meat slicer and left her station without immediately telling anyone what happened. Other workers were filling an order before they became aware of the situation, Hall says.

The restaurant did not close.

"Somebody loses a finger, and you keep sending food out the window? I can't believe that," says Ryan's mom, Jamie Vail.


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Same thing almost happened at the Burger King my brother worked at. He was cutting a Whopper in half, sliced off the tip of his finger. As he was tended to in back, other employees started to make sandwiches again and one of them almost threw the tip of my brother's finger on a whopper because it looked to her like a small slice of onion. Luckily another employee saw this and stopped her. They put the finger tip on ice but it couldn't be reattached (and it was pretty much a sliver anyway). I think they used a skingraft from his rear to fix the finger.

Fast food restaurants are basically mini production lines. An injury usually only stops things for a minute or two. At most the place where the injury happened is sanitized if there was blood but other than that, work continues. This kind of thing probably happens frequently though with a body part making it into the food undetected a bit more rare.
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I once cut my finger working on the production line at a deli. While my boss bandaging me, my co-workers shut down the line, took it apart, and then sanitized it. We took no chances when it came to bloodborne pathogens.
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With the skingraft the finger was only a bit shorter than it had been. The cut was from the tip and along the pad of the finger instead of a simple lop off the top. The top third or so of his fingerprint is pretty much blank since the skin used for the graft was smooth.
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