Last week, your Facebook, Twitter and everything else feeds were probably covered in the tragic, sad, heartstring-pulling story about the 3-year-old girl who was told to get the hell out of a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi by a child-hating, dead-hearted demon monster employee who told the little girl and her grandma that the scars on her face were “disrupting other customers.” Little Victoria Wilcher got the scars on her face when she was mauled by her grandpa’s 3 pit bulls. The pit bulls were later put down. Half of Victoria’s face is paralyzed and she’s already been through enough, but I guess her grandma Kelly Mullins felt like she should suffer some more, because she took her to KFC and fed her the only things she can eat at KFC: mashed potatoes and sweet tea. Because the Internet has played with my emotions too many times, something in the processed-chemically-treated-hormones-filled milk wasn’t clean about this story. A KFC employee getting uppitty about a customer’s appearance is like me, the typo master, deleting a comment for having a typo in it, because it doesn’t fit our journalistic standards. Besides, in my experience, KFC employees are all out of fucks to give. I was at a KFC in Brooklyn once when a homeless junkie harassed everybody in line for cash. The employees acted like he was made of thin air and pretended he wasn’t there. That homeless junkie could’ve shanked us all, stolen all of our wallets and then did butt sex to our dead bodies and that KFC employee would’ve blinked slowly, looked at the clock and said, “Oh, damn, it’s my 15,” before clocking out. That story was suspect and there was zero proof besides the grandma’s accusations and well, it turns out it was probably a STUNT QUEEN stunt to raise cash. The Internet has lied to us yet again. The Internet is that father who tells you he’s going to pick you on Saturday and take you to Chuck E. Cheese and never shows up.
After the story blew up and the Internet did what the Internet does, bust into a ball of OUTRAGE, KFC quickly issued a statement saying that they are donating $30,000 to Victoria’s medical expenses and are hiring a third-party investigator (probably Detective La Toya) to investigate this mess. Sources close to that investigation tell The Laurel Leader-Call that Kelly Mullins’ story isn’t adding up. Kelly claims she and Victoria went to KFC on May 15th, but investigators went through surveillance footage from both KFCs in Jackson on May 15th and no children who match Victoria’s description were in either of those stores that day. Investigators also couldn’t find any single transaction where a customer ordered mashed potatoes and sweet tea. The Clarion-Ledger said that Victoria’s aunt, who runs the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page, originally claimed that the act of cruelty against her little niece happened at the KFC on State Street, but she later changed her story after finding out that KFC doesn’t exist anymore.
The family initially told KFC the incident happened at the location on State and High streets, a claim backed by a Facebook post by Victoria’s Victories, a page run by Teri Rials Bates, the girl’s aunt that read: “Thank you for your support for Victoria. If you would like to file a complaint its the KFC on State Street in Jackson MS.” That store is not in operation and has been closed for several years.
Victoria’s Victories changed its story Friday, saying the State Street reference was a mistake. In it, Bates wrote: “Im the Aunt, I run her page and Im the one that miss quoted that it was State street when it was actually Woodrow Wilson. Dont blame the grandmother for my mistake!”
Employees at the KFC on Woodrow Wilson say they’ve gotten death threats and customers have thrown drinks at them. The Laurel Leader-Call’s source says that hospital patients with tubes have eaten at that KFC several times and have never been asked to leave.
KFC wouldn’t spit out a comment. They only said that they are still conducting an investigation and no matter what the outcome is, they will still donate $30,000 to Victoria’s medical bills. Victoria’s family, of course, denies that they’re grifters. They wrote this on FB:
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.
Well, if it was a grift, it was a lazy grift, but it still worked big. Their GoFundMe page is up to $135,000, a Las Vegas plastic surgeon has offered up his services for free and Victoria has gotten a mountain of gifts. Victoria’s family really should’ve trained with White Oprah before pulling this stunt. A skilled grifter would’ve gone to that KFC, ordered mashed potatoes and sweet tea and then screamed out loud, “WHY DID YOU JUST SAY THAT MY BEAUTIFUL SWEET INNOCENT GRANDDAUGHTER VICTORIA WELCHER, WHOSE GOFUNDMEPAGE CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.GOFUNDME.COM/8q8yww, IS DISTURBING CUSTOMERS WITH HER FACIAL SCARS? YOU MONSTERS!” Rookie mistake.
And I nearly I Can’t’ed myself into a coma last night when someone on Facebook posted the update to this story and said that if Obama wasn’t President, this little girl’s family wouldn’t have to pull tricks and schemes to pay for her medical bills. The ultimate “Thanks, Obama!”