You’re probably aware by now of the report saying that the little girl who was asked to leave a KFC because of her disfigured face was a hoax. In case you’re not, here’s a brief summary of what’s happened.
Three-year-old Victoria Wilcher was mauled by a group of pit bulls in the recent past, and the attack left her face disfigured. Last month, someone from Victoria’s family posted on a Facebook page titled Victoria’s Victories saying KFC staff members kicked the girl out of their restaurant because she was scaring customers. The story went viral, and hundreds of people donated money to Victoria and her family in support.
Then, a detailed investigation by the Laurel Leader-Call found that Wilcher was almost certainly not in KFC on the day the alleged event took place. It seemed then – as it still does now – that the story very well may have been a hoax.
Not so fast. There’s another response in this he-said, she-said battle. This one comes from a member of Victoria’s family, and insists the original story is true. Here’s a Facebook post shared on the Victoria’s Victories page defending the validity of the story:
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.
Saying the story depends on a statement from KFC isn’t the most confidence inspiring line of reasoning for the family to take. Given that sympathetic donors have pledged over $200,000 to the family to help pay for Victoria’s plastic surgery, the family has an enormous self-interest in defending the story's truth.
Jackson, Mississippi KFC franchise owner Kirk Hannon says he will withhold judgment on the matter until an independent third party completes their investigation.
“We continue to take this report seriously, and of course have great sympathy for Victoria and her family,” Hannon said. “Since we have so far not been able to verify the incident in our internal investigation, we have also hired a third-party consultant to conduct an independent investigation to help us resolve this matter.”
It’s worth noting that the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page has been deleted.