A Mississippi family raised more than $135,000 in cash, along with offers of free medical care and other gifts, after claiming a 3-year-old girl disfigured in a pit bull attack was asked to leave a KFC because her injuries upset other customers.
The story quickly went viral earlier this month, and employees at two KFC locations in Jackson said they were subjected to abuse from supportive customers, but an investigation revealed the family made up the incident, reported The Clarion-Ledger.
Kelly Mullins, the girl’s grandmother, said she took Victoria Wilcher on May 15 to a KFC near Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital for a meal.
“I ordered a sweet tea and mashed potatoes and gravy,” Mullins told WAPT-TV on June 12, shortly after her claims attracted international attention. “I sat down at the table and started feeding her, and the lady came over and said that we would have to leave, because we were disturbing other customers, that Victoria’s face was disturbing other customers.”
Sources with knowledge of KFC’s investigation told the Laurel Leader-Call that surveillance video from both KFC restaurants near the hospital showed no customers who matched the description of Mullins or her granddaughter.
The source said no orders were recorded to include mashed potatoes and sweet tea in the same transaction on that day.
No hospital patient had ever been asked to leave one of the two restaurants near the hospital, the source said, adding that he had seen people who suffer from a variety of ailments eat at the restaurants.
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