KFC said it is "committed" to donating $30,000 to a little girl who was allegedly asked to leave a restaurant due to her scars, despite allegations that the incident was a hoax.
But a family member says accusations that the story is a hoax are "untrue."
Rick Maynard, a spokesman for KFC, provided an updated statement from KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, this afternoon, saying, "Like the rest of America, the KFC family has been moved by the story of Victoria’s injuries and recovery. After the alleged incident was reported to us, two investigations took place, including one by an independent investigator. Neither revealed any evidence that the incident occurred and we consider the investigation closed. We are honoring our commitment to make a $30,000 donation to assist with Victoria’s medical bills. We hope everyone keeps Victoria in their thoughts and prayers. She will certainly be in ours."
An unnamed source this week told a local newspaper in Laurel, Mississippi, that surveillance video does not show a customer matching Mullins' description and that no records could be found matching Mullins' claim of ordering mashed potatoes and sweet tea around the time when she said she visited the restaurant.
The owner of the KFC franchise, Hannon Food Services, told WAPT-TV today that hundreds of hours were spent reviewing video surveillance.
"As of today, neither Hannon Food Services nor the outside firm involved in the consultation has found any evidence to verify that the incident took place at our restaurant on Woodrow Wilson Drive. Nevertheless, we'll continue to exhaust every possible avenue until we're absolutely sure we have all the facts," Hannon Food said in a statement.
On April 28, Teri Rials Bates, who describes herself as Victoria's aunt, started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills, according to the website. The page has raised more than $134,000 with the goal of raising $200,000.
originally posted by: DaphneApollo
I've been following the threads on here about this story. What just popped into my mind after seeing this one was whose pit bulls caused the damage to the childs face to begin with. Why it was her own Grandfathers' three precious pit bulls.
Pit Bull Attack on Victoria Wilcher
Not to say that this little precious baby girl deserved this attack, none do, these dogs are VERY dangerous, I've had to deal with neighbors who've had them, my family elsewhere too.
It just seems that they are milking the situation that they themselves have put their grand daughter in to begin with. It's a shameful thing if this is true.
But KFC, who pledged $30,000 to the girl’s family for her care, easily debunked the tall tale, finding, for example, that Mullins and little Victoria never set foot in a Jackson KFC on May 15, much less were kicked out. One investigation was carried out by KFC, while a third party did a more thorough review.
“Neither revealed any evidence that the incident occurred and we consider the investigation closed,” KFC said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The family had earlier posted on a Facebook page dedicated to tracking the girl’s recovery that the story was not a hoax.
“It is not over until KFC releases a statement,” the family wrote.
But after KFC closed the case, the family dismantled the Facebook page and could not be reached for comment. And the gofundme.com campaign page for the girl was suspended and refunds offered to those who had donated, CNN reported.
"In lieu of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the 'Victoria's Victories' online fundraising effort, GoFundMe has temporarily suspended the campaign until the full truth is made clear," a statement from CEO Brad Damphousse said.