A KFC girl hoax has been brought to light this morning, as sources are claiming that the story of a little 3-year-old with scars who was forced to leave a KFC restaurant may have in fact been part of a "scam." The new report reveals that KFC’s internal investigation into the case has not yielded any evidence that Victoria Wilcher’s cruel treatment actually occurred, though it notably has not been disproven yet, either. The International Business Times shares this Tuesday, June 24, what reasons are suggesting this shocking ordeal may actually have been little more than a ruse.
The ongoing story surrounding Victoria Wilcher is a tragic one, even before allegations of the KFC girl hoax were made. The beautiful and innocent 3-year-old child from Jackson was seriously scarred in a dog attack, and she has since been the subject of feelings of inadequacy and strange looks from others. Her disfigurement was said to be the reason behind a KFC restaurant employee asking her to leave the establishment because she was “scaring other customers.”
Since then, the young girl’s family has reportedly received a massive amount in donations and financial support to help pay for Victoria’s upcoming surgeries and recovery costs. The Wilcher family is said to have received well over $130,000 in the incident from generous donors, in addition to offers of gifts for the girl and even free surgery. Some of this support arrived even before the case went viral.
These sources claiming that the 3-year-old was actually never asked to leave the KFC restaurant (regardless of her facial scars) and that the situation may in fact be a hoax remain unidentified. They were said to be “barred” from speaking these points on record. Although the investigation launched by KFC Corporate is still ongoing — and as such, no official comment can be provided quite yet — an early statement was given by Jackson region manager Kirk Hannon.
"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," Hannon said in a statement reported by WJTV. "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."
According to KSDK News, the reasons that the entire incident may be a scam — as some readers are thinking might be the case, considering all of the money that the family received from the ordeal — are listed below. Some of the factors include a dissimilar timeline of Facebook posts from Kelly Mullins, Victoria’s grandmother, as well as contrary surveillance video footage and a discrepancy between the family’s story and that of the actual food order.
“Kelly Mullins, the child's grandmother who claims to have been 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.”
Adds the press release on the KFC girl hoax, the child's grandmother was indeed at the hospital at some point:
“On May 16, Victoria's Victories’ page 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 unidentified source also revealed that via surveillance videos at the KFC restaurants in Jackson on the 15th, there were not any visible children in the store that could be connected with Victoria Wilcher’s description (or that of her grandmother). Furthermore, no particular orders for just sweet tea and mashed potatoes were registered on either computer network, despite what Mullins’ said in her Facebook post and allegations over her granddaughter being asked to leave due to her scars by one unsavory KFC employee. This, says the media site, suggests that the ordeal may be a huge hoax that fooled much of America.
Mullins wrote on Facebook page in June after the story of Victoria went viral:
"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."
As previously reported on the Examiner, the grandmother wanted to tell Victoria's experience publicly to bring justice for her loved one and assert that excluding someone for the way they look is downright wrong. Finally, the source concludes that one KFC worker adamantly said:
"We have never ever ever run off anyone, and we have seen some really really sick people come to the restaurant from the hospital … We've had people come in who were shot in the face. We've had them with tubes and wire sticking out. We never have asked anyone to leave.”
Do you think the KFC hoax has some truth behind it, or is it instead a scam or simply a mistaken case of rudeness? The viral nature of this little girl's story is what is making it such a controversial investigation, it seems. Sound off with your opinions below.