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The Story About the Disfigured Girl Kicked Out of KFC Was a Lie

A week ago, a story came out that a 3-year-old girl named Victoria Wilcher was kicked out of a Jackson, MS KFC because the scars on her face from a pit bull attack were scaring customers. The story was first posted on Victoria’s Victories Facebook page.

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.

KFC instantly launched an investigation and promised to donate $30,000 to help the family with their medical bills. The family also received more than $135,000 in cash, gifts and free surgeries.

However, now it seems the story was a hoax. According to new reports, KFC has been unable to verify the story. Security footage pulled from the restaurant does not show Victoria and her grandma eating there at all.

  • Kelly Mullins, the child’s grandmother who was reportedly with her at the store, told KFC that the incident happened on May 15. A Facebook post attributed to Victoria’s Victories, a support site for young Victoria Wilcher who was mauled by three of her grandfather’s pit bulls, has the two in Jackson on May 15 having gone to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. There are two KFC locations close to the hospital — on Woodrow Wilson Drive and Meadowbrook Drive.
  • On May 16, Victoria’s Victories wrote: “We had a small adventure yesterday, Victoria pulled her feeding tube out but thanks to the great people at Batson Children’s Hospital she is home today waiting for her new sister! Mom & Baby Abby come home today too!!”
  • The source said surveillance videos show that at no time on the 15th were any children in the store who match the description of Victoria Wilcher or Mullins. The tapes were viewed in both the Meadowbrook and Woodrow Wilson KFC locations in Jackson, the source said. In hours of tape, the source said one small boy with his parents is seen, but they order food and leave the store.
  • The source said no orders were recorded to include mashed potatoes and sweet tea on the same transaction, or even the two items as part of a larger order on May 15. Mullins told WAPT TV in Jackson shortly after the incident went viral on social media June 12 that: “I ordered a sweet tea and mashed potatoes and gravy. I sat down at the table and started feeding her and the lady came over and said that we would have to leave, because we were disturbing other customers, that Victoria’s face was disturbing other customers.”
  • The family initially told KFC the incident happened at the location on State and High streets, a claim backed by a Facebook post by Victoria’s Victories, a page run by Teri Rials Bates, the girl’s aunt that read: “Thank you for your support for Victoria. If you would like to file a complaint its the KFC on State Street in Jackson MS.” That store is not in operation and has been closed for several years.
  • Victoria’s Victories changed its story Friday, saying the State Street reference was a mistake. In it, Bates wrote. “Im the Aunt, I run her page and Im the one that miss quoted that it was State street when it was actually Woodrow Wilson. Dont blame the grandmother for my mistake!

A post on Victoria’s Victories page insists that this is not a hoax.

I promise its not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue. The article itself say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement. The media outlet running this story is not connected with KFC. The family has not asked for anything, a attorney is handling all the media publicity for the family pro bono. Please do not believe untrue media. 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.

Either this person is doubling down and digging themselves even deeper or there’s a massive KFC conspiracy going on. I’m not sure which, but I promise you I’ll eat every last original recipe drumstick until I get to the bottom of this.

Update: Both the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page and GoFundMe campaign have been taken down. KFC will still honor the $30,000 it promised to donate towards Victoria’s medical bills.

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Until you actually figure out what’s going on, you might want to make the article’s headline a little less unequivocal. Right now it sounds like you’ve definitely confirmed that the story was a hoax.

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Um, it has been determined that it was a hoax. Unequivocally.

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PS, you have no future in investigative news reporting Nancy.

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Kudos to the mainstream media idiots who couldn’t resist a “highly emotional, sympathetic” story that hadn’t been vetted.

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