JACKSON, Miss. — A widely reported story that 3-year-old girl was allegedly kicked out of a KFC because her facial scars disturbed other customers is, in fact, a hoax, according to an a investigation by a Mississippi newspaper.
According to the original story, reported by CNN affiliate WAPT, Victoria Wilcher and her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, ordered mashed potatoes and sweet tea at the KFC in Jackson, but before they finished eating, an employee asked them to leave.
“They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ (Victoria) understood exactly what they said,” Mullins told WAPT.
KFC subsequently offered to donate $30,000 to the girl’s family, and a GoFundMe page set up for the girl raised more than $135,000, KTLA reported.
However, the Laurel Leader-Call reported Monday that the KFC incident never happened. Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper reported that surveillance video from the restaurant on the day of the alleged incident did not show anyone in the franchise matching the description of the grandmother or little girl. The paper also reported that no orders on that day matched what Mullins said she and Victoria had eaten.
Mullins, for her part, insisted that her story was true.
“I promise it’s not a hoax. I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has. The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue,” she stated in the post. “The article itself say the investigation is not complete.”
Mullins added, “Please do not believe untrue media. I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way.”
The findings of KFC’s report were expected sometime this week, according to the Leader-Call.