updated 3/5/2004 11:50:36 AM ET 2004-03-05T16:50:36

The Red Robin Gourmet Burger chain is apologizing for a really bad salad.

A 22-year-old woman had eaten most of her lunch salad at a Red Robin in Jackson Township, Ohio, Tuesday when she put a morsel into her mouth that turned out to be the tip of a human thumb.

An employee chopping lettuce the night before had sliced off part of his left thumb. Other workers, in their haste to get him to the doctor, overlooked the missing piece.

Red Robin says it actually has a policy for what do to in such cases -- throw out all the food in the area. Instead, the lettuce -- and the thumb tip -- were put in the cooler and served up in salads the next day.

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