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Wilmington Man Finds Finger In His Frozen Custard

Posted May 3, 2005

— A Wilmington man found what appears to be the tip of a human finger in a container of frozen custard.

Clarence Stowers said he made the discovery Sunday night while eating the chocolate-flavored custard he bought from Kohl's Frozen Custard. He said he originally thought it was candy or some treat that he said is occasionally found in the custard.

"And I said, God, this ain't no nut!" Stowers said. "So I came into the kitchen and rinsed it off with water and realized it was a human finger and just started screaming!"

Craig Thomas, the storeowner, did confirm an employee severed his finger on one of the machines at the store earlier Sunday evening.

"We are still trying to ascertain what exactly happened," Thomas said. "But in the seconds that it took for the accident to happen, and for (the employee) to tell the manager that it happened, a pint was being scooped out."

The state Department of Agriculture has since then inspected the equipment, oversaw its sterilization, and allowed the store to re-open.

Sunday's report comes on the heels of a believed hoax involving a woman who said she found a human fingertip in her bowl of Wendy's chili in March. Police said she made up the story.

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