A grandmother’s story about being discriminated against and kicked out of a Jackson KFC because her 3-year old granddaughter was scaring other customers in May has gone viral on Facebook. Although, investigations have found this KFC ejection story was all a big hoax.
A story that began going viral on June 12 when Victoria’s Facebook page posted: “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.”
Kelly Mullins has raised more than $135,000, received free surgeries for her granddaughter and drawn $30,000 from KFC itself after claiming an employee at the fast-food joint ordered little Victoria Wilcher out because of her severe scarring.
“They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” Mullins told WAPT-TV of the alleged May 15 incident. “(Victoria) just cried the whole way home … She won’t look in the mirror.”
However, surveillance videos show that at no time on May 15th were any children in the store who match the description of Victoria Wilcher or the Mullins. The tapes were viewed in both the Meadowbrook and Woodrow Wilson KFC locations in Jackson, a source said.
Investigations also showed 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 Facebook 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.”
After the story went viral, employees and managers at both Jackson locations have faced death threats, have had drinks thrown at them through the drive-thru window and have faced constant verbal harassment.
Jackson KFC franchise owner Kirk Hannon said in a statement, “We continue to take this report seriously, and of course have great sympathy for Victoria and her family. Since we have so far not been able to verify the incident in our internal investigation, we have also hired a third-party consultant to conduct an independent investigation to help us resolve this matter. We have always prided ourselves on respect for all people and we will continue to emphasize this to all our employees. In addition, regardless of the outcome of the current investigation, KFC Corporation has committed $30,000 to assist with Victoria’s medical bills. Along with the KFC Corporation, we are determined to get to the truth and address the situation appropriately.”
Dick West, who is the president of West Quality Food, one of the largest franchisees in the KFC chain and the owner of the local KFC, posted on Facebook about the incident on Saturday. “When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth,” he wrote. “They have pledged the money even if it is proven that the incident never happened. At this point their story is full of holes. Any thinking person who follows their timeline can see it. The event at KFC never happened.”
Victoria Wilcher was nearly mauled to death in April by three pit bulls owned by her grandfather. Donald Mullins and his girlfriend, Rita Tompkins, were charged with child endangerment after the April 10 incident, the Laurel Leader-Call paper reported.
“Victoria had bites all over her body but the most damage was to her sweet little face,” the girl’s aunt, Teri Rials Bates, wrote on a gofundme.com site that has raised more than $135,000 for the girl. “She had a broken upper and lower jaw, broken nose, cheek bones (sic) and right eye socket. She lost her right eye completely and the ability to move the right side of her face.”
Disfigured Child Thrown Out Of KFC May Be A Hoax
The story about a 3-year-old disfigured girl getting asked to leave KFC may not be true. The family of three-year-old Victoria Wilcher initially posted about the alleged incident on social media, saying a restaurant staffer asked them to leave because the small girl’s facial scars, resulting from a pit bull mauling, were disturbing other patrons.
Report claims girl asked to leave KFC was a hoax
Investigations have found this KFC ejection story was all a big hoax.
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