Little Girl Attacked by Pit Bulls Asked to Leave KFC
byKaitlin StanfordJun 16, 2014
Just last month, little Victoria Wilcher was by all accounts a happy-go-lucky three-year-old, without a care in the world. But sadly, her life was forever altered a few months ago, when she was tragically attacked by three pit bulls who broke into her grandfather's trailer, where she was staying.
Victoria miraculously survived, but suffered severe injuries as a result — including a broken jaw bone, nose, cheekbones and right eye socket. Ultimately, she lost her entire right eye.
But with the support of friends and family, and an amazing team of doctors, the brave little girl from Harrisville, Miss., underwent several surgeries and was finally released from the hospital.
Unfortunately, though, her troubles wouldn't end there. While donning a cute little eye patch to cover some of her scars, Victoria and her grandma decided to head off to KFC for a snack. But it wasn't long before she was asked to leave.
Her face was upsetting customers, one of the employees said.
Victoria, for the record, looked something like this at the time:
“I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry," her grandma Kelly Mullins explained to WAPT-TV. "She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow [the potatoes]. They said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’"
While she may have hoped her granddaughter wouldn't have heard or understood what the employee was truly saying, that was not the case. "[Victoria] understood exactly what they said,” Mullins later said.
The whole scene was (to say the least) terribly upsetting for Mullins and her granddaughter, who has had to endure so much at such a young age. What's more, Mullins says the incident has left Victoria incredibly self-conscious and unable to look in the mirror herself.
For her part, Mullins took to Victoria's official Facebook page, Victoria's Victories, where she posted the above photo of her granddaughter along with the following status:
Does this face look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.
The photo of Victoria, along with its powerful caption, has been shared a few thousand times since it first went up, which in turn prompted KFC's own spokesperson, Rick Maynard, to respond publicly:
"We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests. Our investigation is ongoing, but we have been in touch with the family and are committed to doing something appropriate for this beautiful little girl and her family ... We will also work with the franchisee to take appropriate action at the restaurant once the specifics of the incident are determined."
According to BuzzFeed, the company has since donated $30,000 towards helping Victoria's medical bills while they investigate the incident further.
In the meantime, the damage that's been done to Victoria's self-esteem will also take time to heal.
“When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out [of the car],” her grandma has said. “She’s three years old and she’s embarrassed about what she looks like. She’s embarrassed, and I hate it because she shouldn’t be. It ain’t her fault.”