Suit: Whole Foods gelato machine gnarled fingers

This is a view inside the Whole Foods main store in Austin. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A former Whole Foods employee is blaming the company after a gelato machine tore some of her fingers into nubs.

Kareena Dean-Masse is asking for as much as $1 million in a lawsuit filed last week.

She was working at the Whole Foods on North Lamar when the accident happened. She says she didn’t receive proper training and in turn suffered traumatic injuries.

According to the suit, the Dean-Masse noticed the off button was not working and reported it to a supervisor. The next day, it still wasn’t working as she began cleaning the machine just after midnight.

The machine’s cleaning hose didn’t work. The suit claims that because she was never trained properly and when she tried to fix it her gloves got stuck in the machine causing her to lose a finger and severely damaging another.

The suit details how the finger guards that are supposed to prevent a person’s hands from being yanked into the machine were partially missing and damaged.

As a result, the suit goes on to say, the injuries were severe and horrific, turning her fingers into nubs.

Coworkers found one of her finger tips in the machine, put it on ice and rushed it to the hospital in hopes that it might be reattached.

KXAN reached out to officials with Whole Foods for a statement. Our phone calls and emails have not yet been returned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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