Victoria Wilcher's family claims she was ousted from a KFC due to her facial injuries. Photo: Facebook/Victoria's Victories.
KFC said it will donate $30,000 toward the medical bills of a Mississippi girl who was mauled by three pit bulls after her family claimed an employee asked her to leave due to her "disruptive" appearance.
In a Facebook post last week by "Victoria's Victories," 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher's family complained of the cruel treatment at a KFC restaurant in Jackson.
A photograph of Wilcher was accompanied by the caption, "Does this face look scary to you?
Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO."
The girl's grandmother Kelly Mullins has told news outlets that she took Wilcher to the restaurant following a doctor's appointment and ordered mashed potatoes, thinking the child could swallow the soft food without chewing.
Mullins says she was then approached by an employee. "They just told us, they said, 'We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers."
The incident has emotionally scarred the child, Mullins said.
"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," Mullins told WAPT.
KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said Monday that the fast food chain was still investigating the incident but would help the young girl's family with their medical bills.
"Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria's family and are committed to assisting them," Maynard told media outlets via email. "The entire KFC family is behind Victoria."
With word of the incident spreading, a Facebook page chronicling Wilcher's recovery had garnered nearly 80,000 "likes" as of early Monday.
Wilcher was attacked by three of her grandfather's pit bulls after they burst through the door of his trailer in April, according to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
The girl lost her right eye, sustained a broken jaw, nose and cheekbones and suffered facial scarring in the attack, a posting on the Facebook page said.
In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, Wilcher'sfamily said: "We are all amazed with all the support Victoria has received over this last week. The stories that you've shared with us have truly touched our hearts. Its amazing how many people all over the world have a similar story to hers…"
Irate customers have taken to KFC's Facebook page to voice their outrage over the alleged incident.
"Your apology and promise to 'investigate' the terrible treatment Victoria's Victories got in your store is completely unacceptable. Shame on you, shame on that store, shame on it's employees, shame on you all," wrote Facebook user David Farnham.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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