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Old 20 October 2007, 03:27 AM
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Comment: Greetings all,

I am sending out this email to warn you and hopefully all of your family,
friends and contacts to beware of eating Pizza Hut pizza, specifically any
selection with chicken. The following incident happened to ME, Kimberly
Stewart, on Saturday, October 6, 2007:

My son, my god daughter and I were attempted to have an afternoon snack. I
warmed up slices of pizza from Pizza Hut that were purchased the night
before, from the location on Highway 85 in Riverdale, GA. After I served
the kids, I picked up my slice of chicken supreme pizza and BIT INTO A
ROCK! You read it right: I bit into a rock the size of a quarter! Please
see my pictures attached to the email.

I immediately called the store that I purchased the pizza from and spoke
to a manager who, get this: tells me this has happened before; Pizza Hut
receives their chicken from a supplier that packages it with rocks...

What she said didn't completely dawn on me until speaking to my family
later. At the time, I was so astonished and then horrified as I looked at
my son and god daughter, who could have eaten this slice of pizza and
bitten over the rock and swallowed it. Literally and emotionally shaken,
I got off the phone with the Pizza Hut manager and searched for a direct
contact from the company's online press releases. I called a media
contact's office AND personal cell phone, but to no avail. I left a
message saying that I, too, am a public relations practitioner and demand
a national and corporate response. Why does Pizza Hut have a contract with
a supplier who would have ROCKS combined and packaged with a food product;
employees sprinkling it on pizza, obviously without looking at what
they're doing, and then selling it to someone?!? And this has happened
before? Why has it happened again?!?

SO, I URGE YOU to cease from eating Pizza Hut until a national
announcement has been made in regards to their food purchasing and
preparation practices (we are working on making SURE that happens now), or
be extremely cautious when you are eating products from Pizza Hut WITH
CHICKEN! You may just bite into something that's not what you think it
should be!

Please share with your friends and family and let them know this is not a
hoax or some new 'urban legend!' This happened to someone you know!

Thank you and I'll keep you abreast of any progress that's made into
finding out how Pizza Hut is going to solve this dangerous problem!

Kimberly Stewart


===
Kimberly Stewart
Event Coordinator/Public Relations Practitioner
Atlanta, GA
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Old 20 October 2007, 03:49 AM
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eating products from Pizza Hut WITH
CHICKEN!...Thank you and I'll keep you abreast of any progress
Snerk.....
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Old 20 October 2007, 04:36 AM
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Really now, what would be the point of packaging rocks with the chicken? Better yet, if it's happened before (as the manager supposedly admitted), what would be the point of knowingly ordering from a supplier that, for some reason, packages their chicken with rocks?
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Old 20 October 2007, 06:43 AM
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Maybe it is a Rock Cornish Hen instead of a chicken?
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Old 20 October 2007, 07:04 AM
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Please share with your friends and family and let them know this is not a hoax or some new 'urban legend!' This happened to someone you know!
I'm sorry... you're who again?

~Psihala
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Old 20 October 2007, 07:19 AM
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Reminds me of that old SNL commercial parody about a cereal called "Quarry" because it was made entirely out of rocks. "Better tasting 'cause it's mined."
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Old 20 October 2007, 08:45 AM
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Really now, what would be the point of packaging rocks with the chicken? Better yet, if it's happened before (as the manager supposedly admitted), what would be the point of knowingly ordering from a supplier that, for some reason, packages their chicken with rocks?
The rocks are a supplement designed for people who digest via a gizzard. Apparently, this pizza got to a non-gizzard family.

<-- imagine a rubber chicken

Having seen firsthand the butchering process for chicken, I can't imagine any way for rocks to regularly make it into finished precooked meat. At the very least, if a few rocks made it in, lots of feathers, bones, etc would also be slipping by.

Henry
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Old 20 October 2007, 09:29 PM
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Is it really dorky of me that I first thought of Discworld-style anti-troll bigotry when I read the title of this thread?
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Old 20 October 2007, 09:37 PM
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I bit into a rock the size of a quarter! ... horrified as I looked at my son and god daughter, who could have eaten this slice of pizza and bitten over the rock and swallowed it.
Aren't quarters pretty big? I have difficulty swallowing prescription tablets. Tiny little things, in comparison to a quarter. I think I might notice a rock the size of a quarter in my mouth.

And so what if they did swallow it whole? It's not a cocaine filled condom, it's a freaking ROCK. It'll pass right out again.

Again, I might notice that.
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Old 20 October 2007, 09:40 PM
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Hey now, hey now! Pictures! The original letter! Google-Fu!
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:15 PM
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Photoshopped! And not even a good one. Hell, those rocks aren't even *in* the pizza!!!
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:20 PM
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And boy is it greasy!
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:24 PM
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Hmmm... well, it's not quite as awesome as the finger in the chili trick, but I give it an E for effort.
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:25 PM
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That is a awful clean rock to have been cooked into a pizza. I would also think one could easily see something that size on top of a pizza before biting into it.
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:29 PM
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Big whoop. I see a picture of a rock sitting next to a piece of pizza. And this is supposed to be convincing, how? If the rock had truly come from the pizza, wouldn't it at least have some sauce on it instead of being completely clean and dry? It looks like someone picked up a rock off their driveway, set it on a paper towel next to a piece of pizza, and took a picture of it. Ooooh, Pizza Hut had better look out.

ETA: Somewhat spanked by Singing in the Drizzle
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Old 20 October 2007, 10:44 PM
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You see, she bit into it, so after she realized it was a rock she took off all the tasty portions of pizza on the rock while it was in her mouth, then took it out for the photo op.

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Old 21 October 2007, 05:17 AM
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I don't eat chicken on my pizza, so I think I'm just going to keep ordering from pizza hut.

Besides, I'm in another time zone altogether!
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Old 21 October 2007, 06:06 AM
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What a strange tale. I'll try to be kind to Ms. Stewart here.

I agree the photo looks very much like it could have been 'cooked up' - no need to photoshop it - what Class Bravo said.

Now if any of this actually happened, and bearing in mind I have no idea to what extent Pizza Hut prepare their pizzas from raw materials:

That the stone was clean - maybe she cleaned it because covered in pizza stuff it would have looked on the photo like a bit of pizza, not a stone.

I could see a stone (to me a rock is something the size of which I could not lift, so using the word rock is overegging the pudding a bit) finding it's way into the pizza base where it would remain undetected. Despite best practise, contamination does happen in the food industry. I could also imagine it getting covered in cheese or sauce or whatnot and not standing out from the rest of the pizza.

These are events I could believe may potentially happen as an isolated incident.

However "and spoke to a manager who, get this: tells me this has happened before; Pizza Hut
receives their chicken from a supplier that packages it with rocks..." now pushes this into he realms of ridiculous.

There are three explanations I can think of either:

1) There is actually a packaging method involoving stones, that I've never heard of. The only thing I can think of is rock salt which absorbs moisture and could contibute to freshness, but it's not a packaging method I've heard of.

Since ultimately transport is paid for by the ton (weight of cargo=gallons of diesel=cost, plus you can only put the maximum allowable weight on a truck - significantly increase the weight of the load, the truck leaves half-empty and you have to book another) one of the goals is to reduce the weight of the packing materials. I can't think of a single compelling reason to package stones with a cargo, unless you are transporting stones. Though hard pressed transport firms do sometimes accept some pretty wacky backloads, I can't see anyone hiring a reefer to backload gravel.


2) The manager was just winding her up.

3) It didn't happen.

As a PR expert I would have thought she could have found a more effective way of conveying her message than dashing off a few e-mails and writing a blog. If not, then when I'm aout to become famous, I really don't want her representing me.

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Old 21 October 2007, 11:56 AM
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Kimberly Stewart.....

Isn't that the name of the daughter of Rod Stewart? The one Paris Hilton and friends hang out with?

Im just saying this b/c I severely doubt this is true.
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Old 21 October 2007, 04:05 PM
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What the heck is a "public relations practitioner"?
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