A young girl is mauled by vicious dogs. On her way home from hospital treatment the family stops at a KFC, which asks them to leave as her facial injuries are upsetting customers. Terrible? Yes, and a terrible lie—designed to gull money from a generous, unsuspecting public.
It was a story that was cooked up with eleven herbs and spices.Victoria Wilcher, a blonde, bright-eyed three-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, was horrifically mauled by three of her grandfather’s ten pit bulls. She was bitten all over her body, but the greatest damage was to her face: According to her aunt, “She had a broken upper and lower jaw, broken nose, cheek bones and right eye socket.” She lost her right eye, as well as the ability to move the right side of her face. Her lips and cheeks are a patchwork of stiches and scars.As she returned from the hospital with her grandmother, Victoria said that she was hungry, so her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, made a stop at a local KFC franchise. She ordered a sweet tea and some mashed potatoes—Victoria was on a feeding tube, but her grandmother reasoned that the mashed potatoes were soft enough for her to swallow. Before Victoria could try, however, the family was asked to leave because the girl’s facial scars were putting the rest of the clientele off their food.“They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” Mullins told a local news affiliate. Victoria cried the entire way home.
It was, as commenters on “Victoria’s Victories,” the now-defunct Facebook page set up to support the mauling victim, “the saddest story ever.”
It was also, almost certainly, bullshit.
Victoria was indeed attacked by her grandfather’s pit bulls—both her grandfather, Donald Mullins and his girlfriend, Rita Tompkins, were charged with child endangerment following the near-deadly mauling — but the tale of corporate cruelty is a complete fabrication, a ruse calculated to tug at a credulous public’s heartstrings and part them with their cash.
According to the Laurel Leader-Call, citing sources deep within KFC’s investigation into the alleged incident, there’s not a single piece of evidence that Victoria was ever even in a KFC. Surveillance videos both KFC locations in Jackson show no customers matching either Victoria or Mullins’ descriptions. The chain’s computers show no record of any orders that included mashed potatoes and sweet tea in the same transaction, or even the two items as part of a larger order. The KFC location originally accused of kicking Victoria out hasn’t been in business in years.
Victoria’s family is doing more than just defrauding the public—they are turning Victoria into a professional victim, paid for her suffering by people both horrified and titillated by it.
To read the complete story, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/25/colonel-of-truth-the-kfc-hoax-and-the-idiocy-of-crowdfunding-for-bullying-victims.html