Did you hear the story about the young girl who was kicked out of KFC because she had scars on her face? Yeah, apparently that was one big ol’ hoax.
The story went viral earlier this week after Kelly Mullins started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her 3-year-old granddaughter’s medical bills. Mullins claimed that Victoria Wilcher was disfigured after she was attacked by a pitbull. To make matters worse, Wilcher suffered the embarrassment of getting kicked out of a KFC because she was “scaring” the customers.
But that didn’t happen.
The Laurel Leader-Call did some fact checking on the story (Way To Go Laurel Leader-Call!) and found that Wilcher and Mullins were never at KFC on the day in question. They also somehow verified that no one ordered mashed potatoes and sweet tea – which Mullins said she ordered – on that day either.
This was all discovered after KFC donated $30,000 to help Mullins and Wilcher pay for their medical bills. KFC has opened an investigation into the case but they said that they would donate the money regardless of the outcome.
Dick West, the president of West Quality Food and owner of several local KFCs, wrote on Facebook:”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.”
More than $130,000 in donations poured in after the KFC story went viral. KFC has decided to let Mullins keep the money despite the reportedly phony story. It’s unclear if the other donors will do the same.