A girl with scars was allegedly asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Mississippi this week after an employee stated that her scarred face was frightening other guests. According to the 3-year-old girl’s grandmother, the young child was the victim of a brutal dog attack; she had recently been bitten numerous times by three pit bulls in the traumatic ordeal. Yahoo! News reveals this Sunday, June 15, 2014, that the indignant grandmother has brought this controversial accusation into the public spotlight, and the KFC corporate company is now examining just what this offensive worker might have said.
Victoria Wilcher remains a beautiful little girl, despite the scars she now bears on her face from a violent dog attack. Kelly Mullins, the 3-year-old child’s grandmother, has said that she has put much effort into supporting and encouraging her granddaughter during this difficult time, only to witness an employee at a Jackson KFC tear that confidence down by saying her scarred face was actually scaring others.
“They just told us, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,'" Kelly Mullins said to a local news station. "[My granddaughter] understood exactly what they said."
In her statement, Mullins revealed that she was driving Victoria home from a hospital visit this June when the hungry pair decided to make a pit stop at KFC to order some mashed potatoes. Ever since the tragic pit bull attack, the 3-year-old has had a hard time swallowing and eating solid foods. She now suffers paralysis and personal struggles over the way her face has been damaged.
"The right side of her face is paralyzed," Mullins said. "She's got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won't even look in the mirror anymore. When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out [of the car]. She's 3 years old and she's embarrassed about what she looks like."
Since then, CBS News supplements in a new report, KFC Corporate office officials are looking into the situation to determine whether the 3-year-old girl really was forced to leave the Mississippi KFC restaurant. The very thought of an adult saying something so cruel and unwarranted to a young child — asking them to leave because of their scarred face — is truly appalling.
When Victoria was allegedly told to leave the KFC because of her scars, the 3-year-old burst into tears. Her anxious grandmother said it was hard to comfort her, and there was absolutely no excuse for the treatment that they received.
“No matter what’s wrong with a person, if a person’s different, if a person’s scarred, or is a different color or anything, people shouldn’t be discriminated against,” Mullins went on. “Her being 3 years old and already being discriminated against, it makes me mad, because I know for the rest of her life it’s going to be like that.”
A major part of KFC’s headquarters’ investigation into the case apparently involves them speaking with the alleged employee(s) who spoke with this beautiful little girl. According to the press release on this now viral story, KFC also took to Facebook to post about the incident, and little Victoria’s story (including the brutal dog attack that left her with the painful scars) has gone viral within just a few days.
"We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests," KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said in a statement. "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. We will also work with the franchisee to take appropriate action at the restaurant once the specifics of the incident are determined."
Since a Facebook page was created to offer support and donations for the 3-year-old girl’s necessary surgeries, over 30,000 likes have been made on the social networking site. Reportedly, over $20,000 in donations have also been given to the child from generous donors across the U.S. nation. This money is expected to go directly to cover Victoria’s surgeries and related medical expenses.
"Please accept our sincere apologies while we try to investigate this incident," the restaurant wrote in a comment. "If you could help provide details of the incident ... we will look into this immediately. We have zero tolerance for any kind of disrespectful behavior by our team members. Once we have further details, we will immediately investigate this and take action, and we wish nothing but the best for Victoria in her recovery."