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KFC employee asks scarred 3 year old to leave restaurant

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Family says girl scarred by pit bull attack asked to leave restaurant

Restaurant responds to social firestorm

JACKSON, Miss. - A 3-year-old girl who was attacked by pit bulls in April was asked to leave a restaurant in Mississippi because her scars scared customers, the girl's grandmother told a television station there.

The family of Victoria Wilcher took to social media to call out KFC because of the treatment the family said it got in a Jackson, Mississippi restaurant.

"Does this face look scary to you?" accompanied a picture of Victoria Wilcher on the Facebook page Victoria's Victories , which documents the child's recovery from an attack at her grandfather's home in which three dogs mauled the girl, police said.

"The right side of her face is paralyzed. She's got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won't even look in the mirror anymore," Victoria's grandmother, Kelly Mullins, told WAPT-TV . "When we go to a store, she doesn't even want to get out (of the car). She's 3 years old and she's embarrassed about what she looks like. She's embarrassed, and I hate it because she shouldn't be. It ain't her fault."

Victoria hadn't felt that way until last week, when she was turned away from a KFC, Mullins said.

"I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry. She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes)," Mullins said. "They said, 'We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.' (Victoria) understood exactly what they said."

Mullins said she put Victoria in the car and left and that Victoria cried all the way home.

"No matter what's wrong with a person, if a person's different, if a person's scarred, or is a different color or anything, people shouldn't be discriminated against," Mullins said. "Her being 3 years old and already being discriminated against, it makes me mad, because I know for the rest of her life it's going to be like that."

KFC officials sent an email to WAPT in response to the incident.

"KFC launched an investigation as soon as we were made aware of this report. We take this very seriously, as we have zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests. Our investigation is ongoing, but we have been in touch with the family and are committed to doing something appropriate for this beautiful little girl and her family. We will also work with the franchisee to take appropriate action at the restaurant once the specifics of the incident are determined," said KFC spokesman Rick Maynard.

Victoria is on antibiotics and still has more surgeries ahead of her, but she's doing well, her grandmother said.

"She surprised us. I think she surprised everybody. She's a fighter," Mullins said.

by on Jun. 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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Bieg9093
by Bronze Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

 I'd like confirmation that this actually happened.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jun. 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

wtf

quinnsmom715
by on Jun. 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

i have to wonder if this really happened..remember all the tip things ended up being hoaxes..and now kfc is putting 30000 toward her medical expenses..i have to wonder if this is another hoax..

Chelsey191
by Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM
I am willing to bet this is a sham, the family just wants money to pay for medical bills. Really? The little girl was on a feeding tube but they were going to give her mashed potato's and gravy? They were going to give her fast food crap. And a 3 year old was devastated because of KFC? Ya, I bet if it did occur its the least traumatizing thing that little girl has been through since April.
fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

This breaks my heart. 

bellawomen
by Bronze Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 4:52 AM

I don't know her case specifically, but feeding tubes are used for many reasons.  When one is healing from trauma, the body need a LOT of protein and calories. Even those who can consume regular meals by mouth often do not consume enough to keep up with body demands.  Feeding tubes can be entered into the abdomen, mouth, or nose to supplement with liquid food.  Especially if they are transitioning her to solid food, the feeding tube will be kept in just to make sure can maintain proper nutrition.  Or if she is expecting more surgeries to come, they can leave them in for longer times (more so the abdominal inserted ones not the nasal inserted ones.).

I am going on a limb here and saying she is learning to eat soft, pureed foods because half of her face has nerve damage.  Adding more solid-like food could be hazardous.  While she is learning how to eat again with the nerve damage, the tube would be left in.  She would still able to consume food as directed by the speech therapist and her care team.

Quoting Chelsey191: I am willing to bet this is a sham, the family just wants money to pay for medical bills. Really? The little girl was on a feeding tube but they were going to give her mashed potato's and gravy? They were going to give her fast food crap. And a 3 year old was devastated because of KFC? Ya, I bet if it did occur its the least traumatizing thing that little girl has been through since April.


buckeyefever
by Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 5:14 AM

considering what i have seen at the kfc in my area this is believable. I watched the same thing essentially happen to a little girl a couple years older than this one. One of the people behind the counter made a comment to the mom and the mom got upset and left. the little girl had been attacked by a pit a few years prior. Needless to say I was disgusted and walked out.

ZombieMeat37
by Member on Jun. 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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Their eating at KFC and  THIS is what scares them?

momtimesx4
by Gold Member on Jun. 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM
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