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

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.

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12 comments

    • Bob

      Thirty thousand dollars from chicken giant KFC???? I am ashamed to originally be from Ky. $30,000 from KFC would be like me donating .30 cents.

      • May

        I don’t eat at KFC because of being gluten free, but I think this is more about a clueless employee. I don’t think you can smear an entire corporation because one employee was thoughtless. And for those saying $30,000.00 is a drop in the bucket, I think the family is probably very grateful. People are so quick to get on their high horses. I am more upset that the little girl was brought to a home that had three aggressive animals. What were they all thinking?! She will be scarred for life…..a paralyzed right side of her face? Blind in one eye? I guess she is lucky she even survived.

  • Bo

    Unfortunately, people will only get more judgmental as she gets older. Hope the family is able to prepare her for the inevitable.

  • Vicki

    Awesome way to step up KFC… Folks Stop blaming the company, They did not do this, PEOPLE did this and yes they employed them but people make stupid choices and it hurt the company. I think when this happens and a compay steps up. Its all good.

  • Bobby Ward

    Its time to sue the pants off of those suckers big time!!!! I think a couple more zeros on the end of that 30 grand…

  • Chucky

    KFC did the right thing here. They didn’t cause the attack and the store where this happened is likely a franchise. I’d be surprised if the person who asked them to leave was still working there. KFC is likely familiar with the American With Disabilities Act and know a violation can mean major bucks.

    As for the young lady who suffered the attack, I hope that her young age makes her better able to recover quickly and that she lives a happy, healthy and long life.

  • How sophomoric...

    It’s such a stupid idea to boycott all franchises based on one moronic decision by one location. We’ll show those corporate fatcats just how stupid we are as a populus. YES! That’ll show them! Maybe, just maybe, instead of boycotting, we can try getting a training/operating procedure reform for their entire franchise? But nah…Lets sue their butts off and boycott. ‘merica. God bless.

  • Randall Jessup (@Randallj2009)

    This seems a little odd. It is beyond human experience That someone would look at an injured child and be disturbed. They might be disturbed by the actions of someone but not the appearance of a scarred child. This seems more like a plea for attention and perhaps money on the part of the family. I hate to be cynical but in this day and age you have to look at the whole picture and in this case the whole picture seems a bit dodgy.

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