Lori Van Buren / Albany Times Union
Most of us have been victims of errant pizza toppings – say, a slice of pepperoni that slips into your veggie pie. But what Ken Wieczerza says he found in his leftover Pizza Hut slice is a straight up food horror story: A bandage with blood-like red spots on it.
"It felt kind of like biting into a folded-up piece of plastic," he told the Albany Times Union. "I can't think of anything more disgusting than chewing on a bandage, other than a body part. Fortunately, I didn't swallow it."
The bright blue bandage was allegedly baked into the bottom of the crust of the large supreme pie he ordered on June 9 in Ballston Lake, N.Y. Weiczerza says he’s been trying to get the matter resolved with Pizza Hut for weeks, but says that officials from the company have stopped returning his calls.
"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," the 52-year-old manager for a distribution company told the Times Union. Weiczerza says that all he wants is for the company to pay for blood work so he can get the blood on the bandage tested for any diseases.
Pizza Hut officials declined comment to the Times Union, while a spokesperson told the local news station that they "take these matters very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident," adding that the bandage and dough were not consistent with the company’s protocol.
In the meantime, Wieczerza is keeping his pizza surprise zipped up in the freezer to save as evidence while he seeks legal counsel. If you bit into a bandage, would it put you off pizza? Share your thoughts!