Was The Little Girl Getting Kicked Out Of KFC Because Of Her Scars Just One Big Hoax?
A little girl was reportedly kicked out of a KFC in Jackson, MS because her scars from a pitbull attack were "scaring people." The story almost immediately garnered viral outrage, and ultimately, an apology from the company in the form of $30,000.
Now, reports are indicating the whole thing was made up, and never even happened in the first place.
Three-year-old Victoria Welcher was left scarred after an attack by her grandfather's pitbulls, and gained international attention less than a month ago when a story hit the web claiming that a Jackson, MS KFC employee asked her family to leave the restaurant because of her appearance.
KFC swiftly launched an internal investigation and made a public apology, pledging $30,000 to help out with the cost of Victoria's medical bills. The result of that investigation has yet to be released, but early indicators are saying that the incident never took place and was concocted in an elaborate scheme to make money.
For one, there is no security footage of Victoria, or her grandmother in the store (or any other KFC store) on the day the incident allegedly occurred. Also, no one made the order the grandmother claimed they made that day—mashed potatoes and a sweet tea.
As a matter of fact, that combination of items wasn't even part of a larger order that day.
The anonymous source, who claimed to be very close to the investigation, unloaded a lot more information that can be found in the full story, but another big question here is what will become of all the money raised if this is indeed a hoax?
A GoFundMe account for Victoria's medical bills has been accepting donations to the tune of more than $135,000— a total that was only $595 before the story went viral. In addition to the online donations, high-profile doctors have even offered their plastic surgery services to Victoria at no charge.
All attempts to reach the family on Monday were unsuccessful, but if when the internal investigation is completed and this is indeed found to be a hoax, the family will have a lot of explaining to do.
UPDATE: The official Victoria's Victories Facebook Page has acknowledged the reports detailing the incident as a possible hoax, and posted the following.
Regardless of the outcome, KFC has stated that they will still honor the donation.
Dick West, who is the president of West Quality Food, one of the largest franchisees in the KFC chain and the owner of the local KFCs, also declined comment. However, on Saturday night, he made his feelings quite clear on the Facebook page of a Jackson television station when he posted "When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth. 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."
I encourage you to check out the entire story from the Laurel-Leader Call, as there are many holes in a timeline that simply doesn't add up.
Was it all made up for publicity in order to raise funds? Tell us what you think in the comments below now.