JACKSON, Miss. – Her story, and smile, captured the hearts of Internet users across the country. But now it appears at least some of the circumstances about the disfigured child asked to leave a Mississippi KFC due to her facial scars are untrue.
When the story broke earlier this month, it was reported three-year-old Victoria Wilcher was asked by a KFC worker to leave the restaurant when other customers complained about looking at her injuries while they ate.
The child, her family said, had been mauled by pit bulls. While the pit bull attack is not being question, what happened at KFC has come under fire.
Once the story hit social media, the internet lashed out at KFC for its treatment of the child. For its part, KFC said it would donate $30,000 to help pay the girl’s medical bills and offered to investigate the situation.
Sources close to the investigation told the Laurel Leader-Call that KFC store security video does not show Wilcher nor her grandmother in the KFC where they claimed the incident happened.
In addition, KFC receipts fail to show the “mashed potato and sweet tea” order the family claims they ordered the day in question. In the Laural Leader-Call article, the source pointed out other inconsistencies.
“When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth,” KFC franchisee owner Dick West posted on social media over the weekend. “They have pledged the money even if it is proven that the incident never happened. At this point their story is full of holes. Any thinking person who follows their timeline can see it. The event at KFC never happened.”
The final report on the situation is expected to be released later this week.