I said no anchovies and no bloody bandage! A Pizza Hut customer says when he bit into his supreme pizza pie he got a mouthful of bloodied plastic and gauze surprise.
Ken Wieczerza’s cold piece of leftover pizza went from being delightful to what we like to call “naaaasty,” he tells the Times Union, when he chomped down on a bandage he says was baked into the bottom crust of the pizza bought at a Clifton Park, N.J. PIzza Hut.
“It felt kind of like biting into a folded-up piece of plastic,” he told the paper. “I can’t think of anything more disgusting than chewing on a bandage, other than a body part. Fortunately, I didn’t swallow it.”
He adds that the bright blue adhesive strip was dotted with what looked like blood droplets. The offending slice has been kept in a plastic bag with the bandage since the incident on June 9. Wieczerza says at first he tried to resolve the matter privately, but after a frustrating lack of communication from the chain, he’s going public.
“I’m not out to hurt the restaurant, the manager or the employees and that’s why I waited so long to take it to this level after I tried to keep it low-key and private,” he said. “I explained all I wanted was to bill the company for blood work and tests to make sure that whoever wore this bandage didn’t have hepatitis or AIDS or some other disease.”
While Pizza Hut officials stayed mum when pressed by the Union Times, a company spokesman told local station News 10 that they “take these matters very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.”
Now, they’re challenging the veracity of Wieczerza’s claims, saying the dough is inconsistent with that used by Pizza Hut. He says they’ve never even seen the pizza yet.
“We didn’t show anybody from Pizza Hut the pizza or the bandage and they basically called us liars,” Wieczerza said. “I finally said enough is enough.”
A pizza to go, please, but hold the bandage [Times Union]