Just when you thought you could trust the internets
Remember the little girl with the facial injuries who supposedly got kicked out of KFC because of scars on her face? Supposedly her family made the story up to get money for her medical expenses.
You may have seen this story shared around on Facebook: A 3-year-old girl that was attacked by pit bulls was asked to leave a KFC because her scars were scaring the other customers. WAPT has a news story and video about it.
Now it's being debunked as a hoax.
The heart-wrenching story of a badly disfigured 3-year-old child being asked to leave a Jackson KFC because her appearance was scaring other customers was a story generated out of whole cloth and resulted in the family bilking the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries, sources with deep knowledge of the investigation said exclusively to the Laurel Leader-Call.
That's right, after going through surveillance footage and orders from several KFC locations, a third party mediator has been unable to find any evidence that Victoria Wilcher or her grandmother were ever at KFC.
- Take a look at some of the points made:
- Kelly Mullins, the child’s grandmother who was reportedly 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.
- On May 16, Victoria’s Victories 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 source said surveillance videos show that at no time on the 15th were any children in the store who match the description of Victoria Wilcher or Mullins. The tapes were viewed in both the Meadowbrook and Woodrow Wilson KFC locations in Jackson, the source said. In hours of tape, the source said one small boy with his parents is seen, but they order food and leave the store.
- The source said 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 social media 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.”
This was posted on Facebook by Victoria's Victories:
Make sure to read the whole article at Laurel Leader-Call then let us know what you think. Is it all true or is it just another hoax?