There were many questions surrounding a claim about a scarred 3-year-old girl being asked to leave a KFC restaurant. From the KFC investigation, it appears that the entire story was no more than a hoax. A franchised KFC restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi hired an investigator to look into assertions that an employee had asked the girl and her family members to leave due to unsightly injuries the girl had suffered from a pit bull mauling. Unnamed sources are now calling the entire incident a hoax, says Yahoo! News on Tuesday.
That story that went viral involved Victoria Wilcher. After the story hit headlines, it is reported that the family bilked the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash and more. Besides the hit for cash, gifts and free surgeries were offered. Those who spoke about the incidents and the families’ gains spoke under condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to speak on record about the ongoing investigation.
Apparently, an internal investigation by KFC cannot verify the incident detailed by the girl's grandmother whatsoever. A third-party investigation has been in the works. Rick Maynard, a KFC spokesperson, said that the firm is concerned about KFC’s inability to confirm the story. KFC remains committed to giving $30,000 to help with the girl’s medical bills – regardless of the outcome of the third-party investigation, according to the Daily Caller.
However, as far as truthfulness in the case is concerned, there is lack of evidence to the grandmother's claims thus far. Surveillance video at KFC does not show any children who look like the Wilcher girl on the day that the incident allegedly happened. Additionally, there were no orders on the restaurant’s register that matched grandmother Kelly Mullins’ details about what was ordered at the restaurant. Mullins said that they ordered iced tea and mashed potatoes. There are no receipts at that restaurant for such an order. Yet, according to the girl's grandmother’s version of the visit to the Jackson KFC, an employee said, “We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.”
The injuries to the girl happened when she was visiting her grandfather in April. Three pit bulls reportedly attacked her and she suffered facial injuries. Since the incident at her grandfather’s, she has had reconstructive surgery, and the KFC visit occurred after a doctor's visit.
Late Monday, on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page, it was written:
I promise its (sic) 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 it self say (sic) the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement.
The posting says that the Facebook poster has personally watched Victoria’s family go without to provide for the girl. It concludes by saying that the family has not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way. Responses to the Facebook posting by the public have been mixed. However, with the latest facts from the investigation, the tide is definitely turning against the claims made by the grandmother as KFC simply cannot verify any of the details the woman has given about the alleged incident.