Geico Lizard Found Dead. News At 11.

Usually stories like this get dismissed out of hand. Who doesn’t remember stories of people finding thumbs and pieces of animals in their food, only to find out the stories were false and the people were just trying to scam a free buck.

But when you have witnesses AND photos? Well now it’s just fun. My friend Jen, the queen of bacon grapes, sent me a blog post written by her friend Kerri about a little something extra added to her coworkers chicken salad from Mezza’s Wraps and Pitas here in Chicago.

Kerri writes,

“At around noon today (Tuesday) I heard screams, squeals and a general ruckus coming from our office kitchen/lunch room. The commotion kept on and, intrigued, my co-worker and I went to investigate. We figured someone saw a mouse or a bug, which would be odd since the cleaning crew comes 2 times a day.

Her description of the scene sounds like something straight out of a Kids in the Hall sketch.

In any event, when we walked in, another co-worker was over the sink frantically splashing water in her mouth. Three other co-workers were there standing away from the table with mouths wide open in disbelief…One co-worker, a former biology TA was poking at (it) with a plastic fork. In her dry demeanor (which I find hilarious) she said, ‘Uhm, I hate to tell you this, but he’s missing an arm.”

What was the former biology assistant poking at, you may ask? The woman so desperately cleaning out her mouth was the unlucky recipient of a 2 1/2 inch lizard in her chicken salad.


For the full story, Mezza’s explanation, and how they tried making amends, hop on over to Kerri’s MySpace blog.

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2 Responses to Geico Lizard Found Dead. News At 11.

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi Mike,

    My name is Shannon and I’m the editorial assistant at Following up on a recent email invitation to be a part of our newly launched Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I just want to reiterate that I am very impressed with the quality of your posts. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at

    Was there extra charge for the Lizard?


    Shannon Eliot
    Editorial Assistant,

  2. Jen says:

    The Queen of Bacon Grapes decrees this lizard is out of order! Off with his head!!

    Hrm?…what’s that?…oh well then.


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