Reports: Girl kicked out of KFC over scars was a hoax
By Dawn Sentner, Assignment Editor/Web Producer - email
A Mississippi newspaper, the Laurel Leader-Call, learned exclusively that the story about a "badly disfigured" 3-year-old being asked to leave a KFC restaurant is nothing more than a hoax.
According to the paper, the family is responsible for "bilking the public and professionals for more than $135,000 in cash, as well as gifts and free surgeries."
Sources spoke to the family under the condition of anonymity. KFC officials would not comment on the case but they released a statement about it Friday.
The statement released by Kirck Hannon, franchise owner of the Jackson, MS KFC restaurant where this allegedly happened said:
“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.”
Attempts by the Laurel Leader-Call to reach the family were unsuccessful.
3-year old Victoria Wilcher was mauled by a pitbull. When she and her family stopped by KFC to grab a bite to eat, they were allegedly told to leave the restaurant, because the toddler was scaring the other customers.
The allegation was made on a Facebook page that's following the girl's recovery from a pitbull attack in April.
KFC sent a statement last Friday stating:
"KFC launched an investigation as soon as we were made aware of this report. We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests. 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," said KFC spokesman Rick Maynard.
KFC also apologized and is donating $30,000 towards Victoria’s medical bills