JACKSON, Miss. — Kentucky Fried Chicken initially behaved according to the philosophy that “The customer is always right,” apologizing to the grandmother of a 3-year-old girl, who claimed they were asked to leave a Mississippi restaurant when other customers became upset about the scars on the girl’s face from a dog attack.
Victoria Wilcher lost her right eye, suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and several puncture wounds when she was attacked by three pit bulls in April.
When Victoria’s family created a facebook page based on the complaints, KFC immediately responded and said it would donate $30,000 to help with the girl’s medical bills.
Now, according to the Laurel Leader-Call, KFC officials say the incident never happened.
The Laurel Leader-Call says they hired investigators to look into the allegation and found that there is no evidence the girl was ever even at the restaurant.
The Leader-Call also reports store security video does not show Victoria nor her grandmother were ever in the KFC where they claimed the incident happened. Receipts also fail to show the “mashed potato and sweet tea” order the family claims they ordered the day in question.
“When the allegation was first made, KFC pledged $30,000 to go to medical expenses and started an investigation to find the truth,” KFC franchisee owner Dick West posted on social media over the weekend. “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 facebook page, Victoria’s Victories, which outlined the incident and has added thousands of followers since the allegations first came out, denies that the story was a hoax.
A post reads:
“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.”