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An Hors d'Oeuvre of An Unexpected Species

Society & Culture  (tags: society, T.G.I. Fridays, restaurants, eating out, risks )

- 3302 days ago -
CLIFTON PARK The sight of a severed snake's head under his broccoli made Jack Pendleton lose interest in dessert. Pendleton said he found the head, the size of the end of his thumb, while eating Sunday at the T.G.I. Friday's in Clifton Park.

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Dee C (23)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 5:26 am
"he chain restaurant said it regrets the appetite-killing error. Pendleton said he has no plans to sue.

Pendleton said he ordered vegetables instead of fries with his chicken sandwich. When he started to eat his broccoli, he saw something gray on the plate he at first thought was a mushroom. "I start to turn it over. I see this gray-green patch," he said.

Next he saw a V-shape that turned out to be the mouth of a snake. "I could see these black, rotted eye sockets on the top," he said. The severed head also had bits of tendon and part of the spine attached, he said.

"I stopped eating. I told my girlfriend, 'I think this is a head,'" he said.

Pendleton snapped a photo with his cellphone camera, then summoned the waiter. He covered the dish with his hand and described his find.

"He thought I was joking until I took my hand away," Pendleton said. The waiter grabbed the plate and took it back to the kitchen, the diner said."

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Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 9:28 am
Good protein.

Kari D (192)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 3:56 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 4:56 pm
I live about 20 mins from has been all over our local news showing the snake head...LOL...he said that his girlfriend would not even look at it..can you imagine if he didn't notice it...yucky yucky...thanks for posting news from my neck of the woods...

Dee C (23)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 5:32 pm
I guess my concern would be the fact that they obviously do not check or even wash their produce..but rather accepts it 'as is' and serves it 'as is' to the public..
Anything can get into produce..I found a praying mantis in asparagus once..and another time this big fat green worm in broccoli..

I'm so glad I don't eat out anymore..


Leigh B (211)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 9:02 pm
Gross, I would never go back there!

Lars K (222)
Friday May 8, 2009, 5:33 pm

What's significant in this episode is that the waiter took the plate with the snake head back to the kitchen. You don't have to be a genius to figure out what that means. The cook will grind up the snake head in their food processor with some barbeque sauce, then have the waiter serve it to the next customer. That might be you.
Bon appetite !

Dee C (23)
Friday May 8, 2009, 5:38 pm
Here is an update..

T.G.I. Friday's says snake head was planted in meal

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP) - T.G.I. Friday's says a severed snake head found in a dish of broccoli at one of its restaurants was likely planted in the meal.

"Diner Jack Pendleton said he found the snake head the size of his thumb mixed in with his vegetables at T.G.I. Friday's in Clifton Park on Sunday. The Ballston Lake man said he thought at first it was a mushroom.

The Carrollton, Texas, company said Friday it has asked the New York State Police to open a criminal investigation into product tampering. Spokeswoman Amy Freshwater said the snake head was sent for testing at an independent laboratory that confirmed it had never been cooked and was added to the cooked broccoli.

Freshwater says the company doesn't know who put the head in the meal."

Mandi T (375)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 12:22 pm
Digusting! Was it planted really TGI Fridays?
Tx Dee

Dee C (23)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 12:36 pm
They say it was sent to an independent lab..and the head was never cooked..So far the guy who made the claim hasn't disputed it..So who knows..
I'm still glad I don't eat out
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