Maybe I have a particularly sensitive stomach, but I was sickened when I first read about a Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) patron finding a finger in her chili. I don't find chili appealing anyway, so when you add in a dismembered digit, you've got a very ill Fool.

As Alyce Lomax mentioned, there was an urban-legend feel to the event. This is the kind of anecdote each generation passes down to the next. And although not technically an urban legend in this case, it seems that the whole thing was most likely a scam. That's good news for Wendy's shareholders, who must feel as if they'd dodged a bullet.

All of this leads me to Wendy's weekend promotion. Today, tomorrow, and Sunday, Wendy's is giving away Junior Frostys for free. The executives at the company believe that millions will take them up on this act of generosity. They're probably correct, but still... shouldn't Wendy's do everything in its power not to remind people about the finger-in-the-chili thing? I don't think there's anything wrong with the initiative, per se. It just strikes me as somewhat odd that Wendy's President and COO Tom Mueller would say in the release announcing the promotion, "We're thanking our loyal customers for their support following the incident in San Jose."

I'm sure many readers out there are reading this Take and saying to themselves, "What the heck is this fool (note the small 'f') prattling on about? I want my Frosty!" But I look at it from a different perspective. I go to McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) a lot (as I mentioned in a previous piece on that company's gift-card program), but I break up the routine now and then with stops at Burger King and Wendy's. However, I distinctly recall thinking not long after the finger scheme that I'd be skipping Wendy's for a while. It may be unfair, but it weighed on my mind. And, come on, guys, you're launching this promotion on Friday the 13th? As Alyce noted, there are too many gruesome connections here.

I think Wendy's should have just run the promo with no mention of the finger incident. The company's sales may have suffered following the finger debacle, but it has a good menu, and people love the brand. An energetic marketing campaign that focused on those famous square, cut-no-corners burger patties would have been enough to bring customers back -- even people like me who are still a bit grossed out.

We'll hear enough about the finger fraud as the story plays itself out in legal venues and shareholder communications; consumers, I'm sure, just want to forget.

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Fool contributor Steven Mallas owns none of the companies mentioned.