Connecticut Woman Suing Restaurant After Finding Chopped Finger In Her Salad
A Connecticut woman, Allison Cozzi, has filed a lawsuit against the popular restaurant chain, Chopt, after allegedly discovering part of a human finger in her salad. The incident is said to have occurred at the chain's Mount Kisco location in April of this year.
Cozzi's lawsuit alleges that a manager of the fast-casual restaurant had inadvertently severed part of their finger while chopping arugula for salad prep earlier that day. According to the lawsuit, the manager then sought medical attention but failed to properly discard the contaminated arugula.
In the disturbing incident, Cozzi discovered the severed finger part when she was eating her salad and realized she was chewing on the gruesome object that had been mixed into the meal.
In connection to the lawsuit, a case number aligns with an investigation that the Westchester County Department of Health opened against the same Mount Kisco Chopt location. As a result of the case, the Department imposed a $900 civil penalty.
In a later inspection by the Health Department, a health inspector spoke to the involved manager. The manager allegedly admitted that the staff was unaware the arugula had been contaminated with human blood and a fingertip. The inspector, Allison Hopper, instructed the restaurant's staff on the proper way to dispose of contaminated food.
Interestingly, despite legal obligations to report such incidents, the restaurant did not inform the county health department. The department was made aware of the situation only after a complaint was lodged by Cozzi.
When approached for further comments on the lawsuit, Cozzi declined via her legal representative. The Chopt restaurant chain is yet to publicly respond to these disturbing allegations.