Update (June 26, 2014):
According to the Laurel Leader-Call, KFC officials have determined that the incident regarding Victoria Wilcher and KFC never took place.
Rick Maynard, KFC spokesperson, released the following statement:
Victoria’s family capitalized on the viral nature of the incident by starting a fund for the toddler’s facial surgery on a Facebook page titled “Victoria’s Victories,” which raised over $135,000. The page has since been dismantled, but a new Facebook page titled “Victoria’s Victories - HOAX” is calling for the family to return the money donated through gofundme.com.
As for Victoria’s family members, they told the Laurel Leader Call that they are “focusing on Victoria and her recovery right now.”
Original story (June 19, 2014):
A 3-year-old and her grandmother were upset when they were asked to leave an outpost of the fast-food chain KFC in Jackson, Mississippi. Staff told the grandmother that her granddaughter’s facial scars were disturbing other patrons, scars that were the result of a vicious pit bull attack.
Victoria Wilcher was mauled by three pit bulls a few weeks ago when the dogs burst into her grandfather’s trailer. Victoria was severely injured, resulting in broken cheekbones, nose, and right eye socket. In fact, she lost her right eye completely, and underwent several painful surgeries for her severe facial lacerations.
Kelly Mullins, Victoria’s grandmother, told 16 WAPT-TV that she took her granddaughter to KFC for a snack following a doctor’s visit. “I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry,” Victoria explained.
“They said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ [Victoria] understood exactly what they said.” Mullins added that Victoria had a feeding tube at the time, and looked like she had recently undergone medical treatment.
Although Victoria and Kelly did leave KFC that day, her grandma decided to take action online. The disturbing incident was posted on the toddler’s Facebook page, “Victoria’s Victories,” where it was shared over 2,000 times. The story has since gone viral, appearing in several national media outlets.
All the media attention soon prompted KFC spokesperson, Rick Maynard, to release the following statement:
“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.”
According to Buzzfeed, KFC says that they are still investigating the incident, but in the meantime, they’ve donated $30,000 to Victoria’s medical bills via her family’s fundraising website.
Do you think the KFC staff should have asked Victoria and her grandmother to leave? Sound off below!
Sources: 16 WAPT-TV, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Laurel Leader-Call