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KFC Hoax: Family Insists It’s Telling the Truth

    June 26, 2014
    Pam Wright
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The family of a disfigured 3-year-old Mississippi girl who alleges they were asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her appearance was scaring customers, insists the story is true despite the company’s claims that it was a hoax.

A spokesman for KFC has said that the incident never occurred, based on a story by a local newspaper that claimed surveillance footage inside the restaurant proved they were not in the restaurant. KFC said the franchise hired a consultant to investigate the Wilcher case after being unable to verify either claim.

However, the company said it will still honor a pledge to donate $30,000 toward the girl’s medical bills to repair her deeply scarred and partially paralyzed face.

The family of Victoria Wilcher, who was attacked by three of her grandfather’s pit bulls in April, claim she visited a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi in May with her grandmother and was asked to leave by staff.

According to the grandmother, Kelly Mullins, staff told her Victoria’s appearance was frightening other costumers and it would be best if they left.

“They just told us, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,'” Mullins told WAPT-TV earlier this month. Victoria “understood exactly what they said,” Mullins said.

“Like the rest of America, the KFC family has been moved by the story of Victoria’s injuries and recovery,” KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said in an emailed statement.

“After the alleged incident was reported to us, two investigations took place, including one by an independent investigator. Neither revealed any evidence that the incident occurred, and we consider the investigation closed,” he said.

An unidentified source cited by the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper in Mississippi disputed the family’s claim on Monday. The source claims the child and her grandmother do not appear on surveillance videos from two KFC locations and there are no records for the food the grandmother said she ordered.

Since the story broke, the family has apparently received offers for free surgeries for Victoria and more than $135,000 in donations.

The Go Fund Me fundraising website has since suspended the family’s page.

A message posted by Victoria’s aunt on her Facebook page said the newspaper got the story wrong.

“I promise it’s not a hoax,” the message said. “I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way.”

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  • Cheryl Obrentz

    I live in Jackson, MS. If you think a KFC employee in this town actually used the word ‘disrupting’ in a sentence, you are crazy.

  • stuart s.

    KFC has done the right thing here in their commitment to her surgeries. I’m glad an INDEPENDENT investigation is now in progress. IF, it proves this was a hoax, and she lied about the whole thing, the mother should lose all custody of her little girl, and spend NO LESS than 1 year in jail / prison. you cannot set a presidence here that anytime you want money, you go to a business and make FALSE claims. there must be a severe penality for this. ………………… if KFC was wrong, they should have fired the employee, and make MAJOR restitution to the family, (for discrimination) ESPECIALLY for the little girl, who this is all about anyway. anyway, points for KFC for their commitment to the little girl ! just my opinion ………

    • leigh

      the independent investigation is OVER…it WAS a hoax

  • THEMANRACING

    KFC is completely STUPID to still offer money, when these people have been found to be not telling the truth. This is the sad state of political correctness. They are playing along with the scam to maintain political correctness. How neat the grandmother who’s own dogs caused the injury came up with the scam to help provide for the injuries she helped to create…lol This world has gone completely mad.

    • Tiptover

      They’re not stupid, they’re trying to restore their reputation that was unfortunately destroyed by this family.

      • THEMANRACING

        That’s just it, if they see their reputation as tarnished then they are STUPID. They should come out publicly and say they while they feel bad for the little Girl they cannot support a lie or a scam, and will not be in any way involved financially or other wise with people who engage in this despicable practice. They are too concerned with being PC. PC is a way to CONTROL people, it is a joke. Do not fall for the PC movement.

        • Tiptover

          That would be the same though as punishing the little girl for all this. She obviously had nothing to do with any of this and is just an innocent victim so KFC is helping her. It’s definitely the right thing to do.

          • THEMANRACING

            I don’t understand how the little girl is getting punished? She has an injury. It already happened. That won’t change wither they scam KFC out of 30k or not. So how does the little girl suffer? She suffers from being around this family, and being thought that lying and cheating is OK. The lessons they are teaching her are truly criminal. Your mentality is that the means don’t matter, so long as the end result is OK. This is wrong in every way, sorry.

    • dragonwych

      They weren’t the grandmother’s dogs. They were the grandfather’s dogs, and the two are divorced. Yes, Granny is a liar. You don’t have to state wrong information to make that worse.

      • THEMANRACING

        Hey boss we can have a difference of opinion, without being rude to one another. I thought I had read it was the grandmothers dogs, it was a mistake on my part but an honest mistake. I have no use and no need to promote inaccuracies to make my point look better or more compelling. I am truly sorry the little girl is injured, but for KFC to cave into this nonsense sets the stage for liars and cheats to bilk more money out of them and the rest of honest businesses. Truth is the grandfathers home insurance should be footing this bill..

  • cindy huxtable

    I am concerned for the Doctor from Las Vegas who is going to do surgery to help repair her face. I could see “Grandma” suing him or making up lies against him. I wouldn’t want that woman anywhere around me. She is obviously a liar and a thief. Its too bad this child is “stuck” with this family of low life types. Yuck

  • Tiptover

    I just wanna know what’s going to happen to the $135,000 that was raised on go fund me? Supposedly the page is suspended but where’s the money???

    • Tiptover

      Nevermind. The first link I clicked on didn’t do anything but the ABC News link works.

  • Chase Sheridan

    From the moment this story first came out, I doubted it’s validity, starting with the child being with her Grandmother, one of the OWNERS of the 10 pitbulls that attacked the baby and caused the injuries. Anyone who allowed a young child anywhere near a literal PACK of large dangerous dogs is insane to begin with and it’s only a short leap to suspect her motives in her accusations against KFC. Secondly, the child is, fortunately, absolutely adorable and it would take the most callous and evil human being around to tell a KFC employee that her “face” was disruptive. It is further beyond any modicum of belief that the employee would take it upon themselves to say such an awful thing to the Grandmother in front of the child.

    • THEMANRACING

      I believe for the most part you and I are on the same page. Tragic incident made more tragic by teaching a young child to lie and cheat others out of money for convenience.