JACKSON, Miss. (PIX11) — The story of a little girl getting kicked out of a Mississippi KFC because her facial scars were scaring customers was a hoax, according to a new report.
Victoria Welcher and her grandmother were allegedly dining at the fried chicken restaurant in Jackson when an employee asked them to leave because the little girl’s scars were upsetting other patrons.
The 3-year-old had been attacked by a relative’s dogs and still needs extensive reconstructive surgery.
The story sparked outrage and was picked up by several news outlets, including PIX11. In the aftermath, KFC donated $30,000 to Victoria’s family. A GoFundMe page set up for the little girl has raised more than $100,000 and a surgeon offered to perform Victoria’s surgery for free.
But according to the Laurel Leader-Call, who received an exclusive tip, the entire incident never happened.
A source said security footage shows the little girl and her grandmother weren’t in the restaurant and that no employee even made their alleged order of mashed potatoes and sweet tea.
“We have never ever, ever run off anyone, and we have seen some really, really sick people come to the restaurant from the hospital,” the source told the news outlet. “We’ve had people come in who were shot in the face. We’ve had them with tubes and wire sticking out. We never have asked anyone to leave.”
Employees have faced death threats since the story broke.
A lawyer for Victoria’s grandmother said the family has not yet taken the large donation from KFC.
KFC says it will still donate the money to the little girl, even if the story is proven to be fake.