KFC to donate $30K for scarred girl’s medical bills after being accused of asking her to leave

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The outrage came hard and fast after a 3-year-old girl badly scarred and wearing an eye patch because of a pit bull attack was apparently asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her appearance upset other customers.

After social media users opened fire on the restaurant, calling for a boycott, the apology from the chain came quickly too.

The company said it will donate $30,000 to assist with the girl’s medical bills.

“The entire KFC family is behind Victoria,” company spokesman Rich Maynard said.

‘Her face is disrupting our customers’

Victoria Wilcher was mauled by three pit bulls a few months ago, causing her to need regular medical treatment. After a doctor’s visit last week, grandmother Kelly Mullins took the child to a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi.

“I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry,” Mullins told CNN affiliate WAPT.

“She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes). They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ (Victoria) understood exactly what they said.”

Victoria cried all the way home, Mullins said.

“She’s got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won’t even look in the mirror anymore,” Mullins told WAPT. “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.”

Anger online

Victoria’s family recounted the incident in a Facebook page set up to raise money for her medical expenses.

“Does this face look scary to you?” the family posted on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page. “I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.”

The anger spread.

“As soon as we were notified of this report Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC,” the company said. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them.”

A horrible attack

Authorities said Victoria was attacked in April while visiting her grandfather, from whom Kelly Mullins is divorced.

One of the dogs ripped open the front door and two other dogs dragged her into the back yard, WAPT reported.

The dogs bit the girl all over, but especially on the face. She has severe facial scars and lost sight in her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face, Mullins told WAPT. She wears an eye patch with a cartoon character on it.

The three dogs that attacked Victoria were killed. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.

Meanwhile, the Facebook page got lots of attention, with almost 49,000 “likes” by early Monday morning.

18 comments

  • Groovy Chick

    Awww. That poor, sweet baby! I cannot comprehend how anyone could ever be unkind to a baby because she had scars. A little child. Screw any other customers.

  • Spring

    Is there a site that we can go to donate? What an amazing and beautiful little girl! And what a strong spirit!!

  • Shaniqua Jefferson

    I wouldn’t trust KFC after they let such hurtful treatment happen to such an innocent child.
    They probably gonna use that “donation” to put a colonel wig and little white beard on that poor kid and then put a tattooed KFC logo on her neck.
    They pay more than $30,000 for one commercial. They need to up some more cash for damage control over this.

  • eve

    It is not just KFC’s fault. Who ever complained about this poor girl is just as guilty. Too bad they can’t be held responsible. I wish we knew their name.

  • Tevis Tumulty

    No mention that these were grandpa’s pit bulls and that the irresponsible parents weren’t supervising their child and put her in harm’s way to begin with.

    • Kevin Odonnell

      Thank you Tevis! I asked the same thing. It wasn’t the CEO who ask the grandma and baby to leave. KFC hires stupid people just as many other businesses. KFC owes only 2 solutions. Termination of the employee and an apology. Anything else they offered was a bonus. KFC’s chickens didn’t attack and scar this baby. It was grandpa and his girlfriend’s 3 pit bulls. If we’re counting cost and accountability, grandpa owes millions for his share of the damage.

  • toddanicholas@aol.com

    Me and my wife are horrified by this story, I hope that everyone will never step foot in KFC, I guess their logo is Kentucky Fried Children, I hope that they have the best attorney in the world! Also, the 30K is a joke!

  • ginger@aol.com

    I agree with Todd, KFC should change their motto, will never patronize their establishments!

  • elisebeth@aol.com

    I agree with Todd and Ginger, KFC tried to Fry the children, but the truth is their Goose is Cooked!

  • gywinn

    Eve and Tevis, not sure what trailer park you live in, but a corporation should not refuse service to any child, no matter what the circumstance is, grow up!

    • eve

      I don’t live in a trailer park and I don’t need to grow up if you read my comment I said the person that complained about this little girl is just as guilty as the person that asked her to leave. Why is it KFC’s fault for the rudeness of other people.

  • Tony L

    KFC the company didnt do this. It was a bad employee. How can you boycott an entire company because of the actions of 1 person. The company responded quickly and generously. Tell me which company out there doesnt have at least one poor thinking employee.

  • Donald

    So it may if been on employee but as every one as lorned in life that all it take is just one person the make a bad name for every one yes it was not right yes the other people should have been asked to leave but since that one employee acted like that y where there company name the hole company has to pay know what KFC really need to do is take care of the girls needs and heart brake make shore she is ok then go after the employee that did this and the customers that cossed it

  • RWM

    I am sure the people that were “disrupted” or “disgusted” by this poor young girl’s appearance are in top physical shape as they shove a double down sandwich into their movie star like faces. Make sure your order a diet coke so you can judge others. And answer the phone I think your agent called for your next photo shoot in Jamaica.

  • nunya

    Wow. I can’t believe someone could be so heartless to complain about a child with obvious injuries. People are so hateful, thoughtless, and cruel. Hardly anyone has any compassion or empathy anymore.

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