Do you remember that story about the little girl who got kicked out of a Mississippi KFC because her mauled face was disturbing customers? It turns out, the whole thing might be made up.
“We have never ever ever run off anyone, and we have seen some really sick people come into the restaurant,’’ a source told the Laurel Leader-Call. “We’ve had people come in who were shot in the face. We’ve had them with tubes and wire sticking out. We never have asked anyone to leave.’’
Here are some other discrepancies in the story 3-year-old Victoria Welcher’s grandmother has been telling:
No one matching the description of the little girl or her grandmother was seen on the surveillance video from May 15 when the incident allegedly happened, according to USA Today. And records show no order matching the mashed potatoes and sweat tea that the grandmother told a local television station that they ordered
In fact, a Facebook post says the girl was at the hospital the day of the incident.
Once the story went public, KFC offered $30,000 to help pay the girl’s medical bills, stemming from an attack from a pitbull, according to the Washington Times. The public kicked in another $135,000 in donations; that is, before donors started seeking refunds, according to the girl’s fundraising page.
According to WTVR, KFC franchisee owner Dick West posted this message on social media last weekend:
“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.’’
So far the family is sticking with its story. Victoria’s Victories, run by the girl’s aunt, posted this to its Facebook on Monday:
“I promise its 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. The article it self say the investigation is not complete. It is not over until KFC releases a statement. The media outlet running this story is not connected with KFC. The family has not asked for anything, a attorney is handling all the media publicity for the family pro bono. 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 final report from KFC on the incident is expected to be released later this week, according to WTVR.