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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.

46 comments

    • Lindsey

      What is the problem with owning pit bulls? We are a pit bull family and love our dogs like they are our kids. It’s all in how you raise the dog.

      • Athena

        That’s the point: clearly, these dogs weren’t raised right, if they would attack a child! Since I agree with you that it’s the training and not a foregone conclusion that the breed are vicious, you’ve got to look at the trainERS, aka the family. I read another article that says the grandfather (aka owner of the dogs) was arrested for child endangerment in connection with the incident and is divorced from the family she lives with, though, so it looks like that’s taken care of.

      • Steph

        IMO….and an opinion that is mine and has no factual bases other than what I have seen. Unfortunately pit bulls are an aggressive breed. The breed itself is partially to blame as is the owners. Before anyone berates me, here is why I stand by this statement. My MIL has several pit/ pit mixes and has always had pit/pit mixes… about 75% of them are very well behaved loving animals that wouldn’t hurt a flea if it was biting them. Then there is the other 25% of her pits that are down right aggressive and dare I say mean… to the point that my children are not allowed around them. Yes she has had all of them since puppies and has raised them all the same. My theory is that is not only nurture but the nature of that particular blood line. (Not all of hers came from the same blood line) She got some good blood line and some bad blood line pits. Its a trait that probably was created by human interference and unfortunately has gotten worse over time. The same can be said for other breeds also, Chow-chows are notoriously mean but I had one growing up that didn’t know he was a dog much less a viscious one. With pit bulls and other breeds its almost a game of chance whether or not you get a good behavior blood line. Again.. this is only my opinion

    • Roy Stauffer

      it’s not the pittbulls it’s the owners of the pittbulls i have 4 of them and you have a better chance of getting licked than bit ,what happen to this girl is all her grandfathers doing
      this is just a plain case of extortion against KFC and i hope they pursue charged against the family the girl needs medical care but the family will waste this money on them selves

    • Hedrick

      It was the Grandfather’s dogs and as per earlier articles he was charged and the family isn’t in contact with him.

    • Jill

      Don Cameron,
      What an ignorant response. You, and others like you, are the reason “bully breeds” have gotten the defamatory title in the first place. To imply that all dogs in the breed are vicious is an uneducated statement. Lets be honest, if this girl had been attacked by a pack of border collies, it is unlikely there would be remarks made like yours, lashing out at the breed.
      Dogs are like children – it is all about the way they are raise. Some children grow up to be respectable, proper adults and others are in and out of the judicial system. Using your logic, we might as well assume that all hispanics must be illegal immigrants, etc etc. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule and not all ‘vicious’ dogs are the result of bad owners, but there is a lot that comes into play.
      Please don’t insult those who love and admire this loyal breed and insinuate that they are all bad. (And this is coming from a non-pit bull wonder, fyi…)

      • Valerie Deacon

        AgreeAgree 100%!!! A poorly trained Chihuahua can do as much or more damage!!! Anyone experienced with dogs knows this to be true. Please do not bash the innocent breed!

  • mbaker9105

    If true, this “Grandmother” should be sued for defamation, banned from KFC for life, and sentenced to apologize in the local media and stand outside with a sign stating “I lied about this business to try to get money”. This society needs to bring back a little more humiliation and shame for people that do things like this. What if this had been YOUR small business? Something like this can put you out of business or cause irreparable damage to reputation and lost revenue to the business….

  • Lisa

    Does anyone at all proof read these articles before they are published? There are obvious two spelling/grammar mistakes. Seriously?

  • Rusty Smith

    Why would a company pledge to give money to liar even if their story proved false? Is this the world we live in that you reward liars for fear that others will boycott your business if you prove a liar to be just that, a LIAR? This woman, is not only a liar, but she is a criminal, a thief, an extortionist who concocted a story with the sole purpose to extort money from this business because she thought she not only could get away with it but would have the support of the public by doing so.

      • Jay

        Exactly. The poor child is innocent, regardless of how low life her parents are. Otherwise, Lindsey, too many people drawn to the pit breed are irresponsible and fail to train their dogs. In fact, many play up the “bad boy” image with over-sized chain collars, etc.

    • lt

      i agree w. you. A lie is a lie and should not rewarded. Even if they were getting glares and stares people are allowed to look.

  • MNTX

    Other reports say Grandma also got over $100K in donations from the public through this story. Sounds like a clear case of fraud to me. I hope the local DA looks into this.

  • Michael

    It’s not a hoax, the hoax is by KFC trying to get away from the situation. They say the lady lied but they still donated the money no matter what? I doubt that, they are trying to look like the ones that are the victims. Anyone for an 11″ footlog sub?

    • mbaker9105

      Your observation is specious….Even if in the right, KFC pulling back the money for the child would not only be morally wrong, it would be a horrible business decision. The child did nothing wrong. And KFC would have to be total idiots to say they have the footage and receipts and not be able to produce them. Where is the grandmothers evidence?

  • Boh

    I hope KFC and the probono surgeon will still honor their gift on this innocent child, Shame on her greedy and irresponsible family,The betrayal this wretched people have put on her . this child will be scared emotionaly as well , she shouldn’t be raised by these folks but then again how cruel , since this is the only people she “trusted”.

  • Ron Melancon

    If the IRS can make e mails disappear then I don’t believe KFC. They can be using other days. Video or make up receipts. I believe the parents because they would never make up such a story. If they did then we have been duped and this behavior makes us not want to believe others who may be done wrong . If these parents lied then they really are taking advantage just like the balloon dad

    • sw

      KFC has no reason to lie here. They have already given the money and the whole thing has blown over anyway. I think this grandma is lying besides the gofundme account or the facebook one should be shut down also pending a full investigation. No one else should be taken advantage of by a family using a child.

      • athynz

        Ron might be on to something here. What would look worse as far as public perception – a company employing a person that heartless as the family is saying or “proving” the family is lying about being told to leave and yet still giving the money to the family? Evidence even in this day and age can be “lost” like the Lois Lerner emails or doctored. Granted it would be a bit of effort to doctor video and receipts but would the cost of the PR be worse if they didn’t? I’m not saying KFC did doctor anything – I’m saying it’s possible. Just as it’s possible the family lied.

  • RVA_Viewpoint

    I know how women think and operate, so I’m not the least bit surprised by this little hoax. Women make false allegations all the time.

    • athynz

      I’ve seen and responded to quite a few ignorant comments in my time here and this one ranks as one of the more ignorant posts I’ve seen. It’s NOT the breed – at least not entirely – it’s the training. Any dog can be trained to be aggressive or non aggressive.

  • chitownmom

    Why are people so willing to believe the worst about their fellow citizens? I see so many posts that claim to be first person witnesses to bad human behavior…. mothers who criticize the choices of other mothers, neighbors who treat each other poorly with no reason, people who tread customer service people poorly, etc. Yet, I know of no one who acts this way. Yes, we are all capable of venting occasionally, but usually that manifests itself in a huge sigh, eyerolls, etc. I live in Chicago and I can honestly say I have rarely seen anyone act with malice or inappropriate behavior towards another person. Maybe there is a lack of friendliness between the races sometimes, but not as a whole sale thing. Mostly people seem pretty tolerant of each other. So my question is why do we see so many articles where people are supposedly so awful to each other? I suspect it is due to the media WANTING to believe that such awfulness exists and jumping on the chance to “report” on it. With all the actual problems our society has (here in Chicago, reporting on the affects of liberal polices on the black community is a huge example), one wonders at why the MSM focuses on these supposed stories instead of reporting actual issues. Actually one doesn’t really wonder. One is depressed and saddened by a MSM that ignores real issues and latches onto fake stories.

  • Linda

    This Grandmother should be held accountable for this if she truly did this and this is not an article about Pit Bulls. This is about being dishonest and using a child to get money. Shame on the Grandmother and the money needs to be returned to KFC. If they decide to let the money help this child even if it is a lie, what a class act but as for the Grandmother…..shame on you and people like you are the reason very few people will help someone out financially anymore!!

  • jo

    Guys,wake up…..it is the breed no matter how u want to brush it under the rug or how u guys claim to say its all how u raie them…..BS,how many stories do u here a lab attacked a child,or a golden retriever or even a pug?….Exactly so all pits need to be put down and owners who have kids,well ur dumb to think ur child isnt at risk

    • Brian Adams

      I was attacked by a cocker spaniel as a child. Your argument is invalid. I see a lot of black people attack others. Does that mean all black people are bad? No.

      • Jill

        Couldn’t have said it better, Brian. My sister was bitten by a doberman as a teenager and we don’t blame the breed at all, even they are considered ‘aggressive’. Dobermans, Pits, Rottweilers, etc, are TRAINED to be protective dogs – it is not in their DNA. The sooner people are educated and get out of their narrow-minded state the sooner humanity might stand a chance at survival.

    • Lindsey

      Jo your ignorance is what’s wrong with this world. Pitbulls are WAY more likely to be killed by a pos owner than for the dog to kill its owner.

    • athynz

      It’s the training. Back in the 70’s the same things said about pitbulls today was said about dobermans. My father raised dobermans to be show dogs and used to enter them in dog shows quite often… and they were the sweetest dogs and very non-aggressive – even with young children playing on them and trying to use them as “horses”. While yes there are some breeds that are slightly more aggressive than others it’s all in how the dog is trained.

      • angel2

        I totally agree, ATHYNZ. When I was much younger, it was German Shepards (“police dogs”) that were considered dangerous. A friend had a dobie that would lick you to death. My sis had a rottie that would sit in your lap. He did bark (and looked a little edgy) when my very young kids and I drove up…but that was just to notify my sis that she had visitors…we’d get out of the car and talk to him….he was all lovey dovey.

  • Belsma

    ALL dogs can bite and can be unpredictable. I have a Border Collie mix and she bites. We have had her since she was 12 weeks old. I have cried to the vet about her issues and he assured me it’s nothing we did. Have a little mutt that was dropped off in the neighborhood and we have no idea how she was raised, but suspect she was abused and is the sweetest thing ever. I would probably never own a pit, but there are a combination of reasons why dogs bite and attack. I hope this little girl makes a full recovery and not be afraid of dogs forever.

  • krista

    Regardless of the breed of the dog, young children should be kept away from pets not their own. The dogs could have been put up or isolated while the child visited the grandfather. No one knows how a dog will react to a stranger in their midst particularly if the stranger is very young and may be agitating the animal without realizing it.
    When it comes to grandma and her allegations, where is her proof? We have all seen numerous times receipts shown by the media with ugly messages written on them, etc. Did grandma have the receipt for the child’s meal? It is all to common for certain kinds of people to outright lie about alleged injuries, it’s called insurance fraud and costs each of us up to 1300 dollars per calendar year in total insurance premiums. Feel free to visit nicb.org to see all of the despicable ways in which people lie and try to get insurance money.

  • Reasonable Man

    After reading everyone’s comments above, this comment below was the most logical and beneficial of them all. It didn’t allow me to Reply to it, but I did want to highlight and applaud it.

    Steph
    IMO….and an opinion that is mine and has no factual basis other than what I have seen. Unfortunately pit bulls are an aggressive breed. The breed itself is partially to blame as are the owners. Before anyone berates me, here is why I stand by this statement. My MIL has several pit/pit mixes and has always had pit/pit mixes… about 75% of them are very well behaved loving animals that wouldn’t hurt a flea if it was biting them. Then there are the other 25% of her pits that are downright aggressive and, dare I say, mean… to the point that my children are not allowed around them. Yes she has had all of them since puppies and has raised them all the same. My theory is that is not only nurture but the nature of that particular blood line. (Not all of hers came from the same blood line) She got some good blood line and some bad blood line pits. Its a trait that probably was created by human interference and unfortunately has gotten worse over time. The same can be said for other breeds also: Chow-chows are notoriously mean but I had one growing up that didn’t know he was a dog much less a viscious one. With pit bulls and other breeds its almost a game of chance whether or not you get a good behavior blood line. Again.. this is only my opinion.

    • Reasonable Man

      So here’s the thing…..nothing is 100%, but some things are 80/20 vs. being 60/40, as just as an example. An example, to help you understand (NOT factual, just an example): 85% of pit bulls ARE NOT vicious, and 15% ARE vicious. 97% of poodles ARE NOT vicious, and 3% ARE vicious. If you came across a pit bull and a poodle, BOTH of them are probably not vicious…..but it is MORE LIKELY that the pit bull is.

      So it is obviously much more likely that pitbulls are agressive/vicious compared to other “non-agressive” breeds, but ANY breed of dog may be vicious/agressive just like ANY breed of dog may be passive and gentle. This is the middle ground – try to seek this on any discussion of any issue, and you will appear much more intelligent than you actually are.

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