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• A Montana man is claiming that he found a dead, deep-fried mouse in a bag of Frito-Lay barbecued potato chips.

"Good thing I seen it. I got it all the way up to my mouth," Jack Hines, 66, told the Associated Press. "I felt the fur, I brought it back down and just looked at it and threw it behind my back."

A Frito-Lay spokesman, while saying that the company was a little skeptical about the claim, was sending a representative to claim both the chips and the rodent so that they could be examined at the company’s Plano, Texas, headquarters.

As of this report, Hines had not consulted a doctor and he said he only would if he got sick. He also said he had not yet decided whether to consult with an attorney.

• In Austin, Texas, a woman has been charged with dropping mothballs into an urn of soup at a local Randalls supermarket. No illnesses have been reported, and according to the Austin American-Statesman, the woman was tracked down through a combination of in-store surveillance video and by tracing how and when her frequent shopper card was used.
KC's View:
Maybe I’ll just have coffee for breakfast this morning…

If either of these two people is found guilty – either of engineering the mouse scheme or of tampering with the soup – the punishment ought to fit the crime.

In other words, she’d have to drink the mothball-ridden soup. And yes, he’d have to eat the deep fried mouse.

What is it with rodents and people’s mouths, by the way? Wasn’t it earlier this year that a 90-year-old dementia patient was found alone in his elder care facility room with a dead rat in his mouth?

This never would have happened in “Ratatouille.”