Remember the Girl Told to Leave KFC Because of Her Scars? It Was All a Hoax
byKaitlin StanfordJun 25, 2014
Last week, we were all moved to tears by the story of 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher from Jackson, Miss., who endured a terrifying and life-altering attack by a pit bull, only to be asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her scars were upsetting customers.
But according to the latest reports, an internal probe by KFC found absolutely no evidence that the incident had even occurred. Instead, they confirm that the whole thing was an elaborate story spun by the girl's grandmother, Kelly Mullins.
But Mullins is sticking to her story.
Following the alleged May 15 incident, the grandmother posted a photo of Victoria to Facebook with the caption: "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."
Once the story went viral, Mullins told various news outlets just how shaken she and her little granddaughter were left over the whole incident. She even claimed that Victoria had lasting emotional and self-esteem issues, and no longer wanted to look at herself in the mirror.
“When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out [of the car],” her grandma 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.”
As the story grew, KFC responded by saying they would look into the incident immediately, and that they take any issues like this strongly to heart. Before they did so, they immediately donated $30,000 to the Wilcher family to help out with her mounting medical bills.
During the investigation, though, they couldn't find any evidence on security footage that would corroborate Mullins' story. For one, no children matching Victoria's description were seen going into the restaurant on May 15. They also found no orders that aligned with what Victoria's grandmother said she purchased that day: a sweet tea and mashed potatoes.
Hoax or not, though, the fast food giant still feels for the Wilcher family, and has no plans to take back their $30,000 donation.
“Like the rest of America, the KFC family has been moved by the story of Victoria’s injuries and recovery,” spokesperson Richard Maynard said. “We hope everyone keeps Victoria in their thoughts and prayers. She will certainly be in ours.”
While the Wilchers still insist the incident was not a hoax, they have since taken down their Facebook page Victoria's Victories, as well as their GoFundMe page.